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Deadline: October 15, 2014

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation: Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program

Ben & Jerry’s is interested in furthering social justice, protecting the environment, and supporting sustainable food systems. It is also committed to supporting non-violent, thoughtful and strategic approaches that are utilizing grassroots organizing strategies to work for social change.

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program supports organizations that share and embody its theory of change:

  • People most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions. Therefore, leadership development is an essential component of social change work.
  • True change occurs only when underlying, systemic forces are understood and addressed.
  • Grassroots, constituent-led organizing is among the most effective means to create social change. Ben & Jerry’s defines organizing as collective action from the bottom up that challenges the status quo, demands changes in policy and practice, educates communities about root causes, and advocates and agitates for systemic and just solutions.
  • Lasting change occurs when Social Justice Movements are built from the ground up and grassroots groups come together across sectors and constituencies to work for the common principles of Human Rights and Justice for All.

Priority strategies for funding include: Community & ally outreach; leadership development; constituent empowerment and decision-making; popular education; root cause analysis; power analysis; campaign development; mobilizing constituents and allies; coalition building; and direct action.

Amount: Up to $20,000 per grant.

Eligibility: Organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status, and have an operating budget under $500,000.


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