FAQ

Does Grassroots Grantmakers give grants?

No, we are a membership organization for funders, but we do not give grants ourselves or recommend grants to our members. We support learning about how funders can effectively support grassroots leadership leadership development and resident-led organizations.

How is Grassroots Grantmakers funded?

As a membership organization, we rely heavily on the generosity of our members for funding through their annual membership contributions.  We have also received grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ford Foundation for special projects and general operating support.

Who can join Grassroots Grantmakers?

Any funding organization that is investing in place-based, constituent-driven community change work and is interested in building the capacity of constituent-controlled grassroots organizations is eligible to join the Network as a voting member.  Our membership is open to community foundations, family foundations, private foundations, technical assistance organizations, United Ways, and city governments.  Other organizations that work in the community capacity building arena but do not provide funding are eligible to join as non-voting “Friends of the Network” with most of the same benefits as voting members.

How do organizations join the Network?

Simply complete our membership form and send it along with the membership contribution to the address provided.  Memberships are for one year, and can be paid any time within the calendar year.

Do you have to be a member to participate in Grassroots Grantmakers activities?

No.  Our topical conference calls and peer learning gatherings are open to both member and non-member organizations who are investing in community capacity building work.  Members are eligible to participate in conferences and other gatherings without charge or for reduced rates, and have access to the tools that are available in the members-only area of our website.

How many people from a funding organization can participate in Grassroots Grantmakers activities?

There is no limit.  We welcome participation by staff and members of a funding organization’s governing board or advisory board.

Where is Grassroots Grantmakers located?

Grassroots Grantmakers is a virtual organization with its own 501(c)3 standing.  Lisa Duran, Grassroots Grantmakers’ Executive Director, directs the organization from Denver, Colorado.  Patrick Horvath of the Denver Foundation, our Board Chair, also lives in Denver.

What is a topical conference call?

Grassroots Grantmakers has found topical conference calls to be time and cost effective vehicles for our peer learning.  They quite simply are facilitated discussions on a particular topic that occur via Grassroots Grantmakers “bridgeline” telephone line. Typically, topical conference calls are scheduled for 90 minutes, with the first half of the call featuring information from two or three peers or experts on the topic, and the second half of the call devoted to dialogue among the participants.  Over the past several years, Grassroots Grantmakers has hosted three or four topical conference calls a year, with 15-35 people participating on each call.  Proceedings from the calls are prepared and distributed – also posted on the website.