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On Giving Tuesday, Please Join Us to Build Grassroots Leadership and Voice in Philanthropy

Since I became Director of Grassroots Grantmakers almost 3 years ago, it has been my pleasure to meet amazing people and witness inspiring work.  I’m writing to ask you to support us with a donation or by joining us.

As a newcomer to the field of philanthropy, I have come to understand how Grassroots Grantmakers’ work elevating grassroots leadership in communities and philanthropy can play a vital role in strengthening democracy, building communities and improving grantmaking. In my meetings this year with over 50 funders in Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, I have heard repeatedly the desire to democratize philanthropy and connect meaningfully with local residents.

At Grassroots Grantmakers, we seek to support our members in the practice of reimagining relationships with grantees in the neighborhoods and issues areas in which they invest. We do this by connecting you with peers who are also learning and growing their grassroots grantmaking programs.  A key aspect of our work is to address the meaning of equity, dismantling structural racism and practicing inclusion in grantmaking as part of the learning context.

In 2017 we:

A membership in Grassroots Grantmakers demonstrates your support for increasing grassroots leadership in philanthropy and community, and provides you with unique resources:

I am excited about what we can accomplish together. As we continue to learn from the inspiring examples around us, and as we face ever more challenging conditions, we know your work and our work together can make a positive difference.  We hope you will join Grassroots Grantmakers to help strengthen grassroots voices in philanthropy today.

With gratitude for your commitment to powerful local philanthropy with everyday people at the center, we wish you every success in your work.

In Hope and Solidarity,

Lisa Durán

Executive Director

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