Non-profit

Grassroots International

Website:

www.grassrootsonline.org

Location:

BOSTON, MA

Tax ID:

04-2791159

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $6,605,413
Expenses: $5,279,773
Assets: $6,400,362

Type:

Nonprofit Environmental Corporation

Founded:

1983

Executive Director:

Chung-Wha Hong

Grassroots International (GI) is a left-of-center environmental advocacy and grantmaking nonprofit organization. Grassroots International provides grants to groups in developing counties and funds organizations that are anti-capitalist, groups that oppose the United States as an imperial power, groups that hold that there is a white supremacy problem in the world, and groups that argue that the U.S. is causing global warming. GI funds groups that oppose development, in support of the view that everything should be locally grown and be viewed through a gender equity, gender nonconforming, and racially based lens.

History

Grassroots International began in 1983 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to provide aid to Lebanon after Oxfam ended its support. [1] The organization expanded over the early years to support human rights and political independence movements in South Africa, the Philippines, Haiti, and the Palestinian territories. [2] By 2005, Grassroots International shifted from country support to cause-related issues and began working on left-leaning environmentalism, social justice, and resource rights. [3] By 2010, Grassroots International shifted to its current inception by joining alliances with left-leaning environmental groups such as Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Climate Justice Alliance. [4]

Views and Programs

Grassroots International is a far-left advocacy-grantmaking organization. [5] GI identifies six key issue areas of interest: climate justice, defending human rights, food sovereignty, movement building, resource rights, and sustainable livelihoods. [6] These six issue areas are intertwined with GI’s grantmaking to further its agenda.

Grassroots International states that global warming is real and northern countries are to blame while southern countries are fighting the warming. [7] GI’s Climate Justice Initiative funds projects that challenge ideas such as capitalism that it believes causes global warming. [8] Grassroots International funds programs to build local movements, defend human and resource rights, and support those adverse to development by providing groups with funding, training, communications material, and legal defense for activists activities. [9] GI states that part of a sustainable livelihood includes not only locally grown agriculture but should include gender justice, social justice, and equality. [10]

Grassroots International supports advancing feminist leadership around the world for women and gender-nonconforming people of color. [11] Grassroots International provides training in the U.S. for select individuals interested in active engagement for the organization. [12] Training covers such topics as intersecting systems of oppression including capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, and perpetuating systemic injustices. [13] Each participant is then asked to host house parties to spread GI’s message and fundraise for the organization. [14] Solidaire Network has thanked Grassroots International for helping it fight U.S. imperialism, white supremacy, and capitalism in Honduras. [15]

Affiliated Funds and Groups

Grassroots International is a member of CLIMA Fund and works with Global Greengrants Fund, Thousand Currents, and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. [16] This fund produces left-leaning environmental reports on climate change, persuasion videos, and identifies funders for local grant recipients. [17] The goal is to change philanthropy grantmaking by linking funders directly to local recipients. [18]

GI is a member of Environmental Grantmakers Association, an association bringing grassroots groups together into influential funding forums. [19] In 2020, through the Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA Fund), Grassroots International provided $1.9 million in grants to help left-leaning environmental groups in the U.S. deal with Covid issues. [20]

GI also collaborates with other left-leaning environmental, agricultural, and feminist groups such as La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth, World Forum of Fisher Peoples, Climate Justice Alliance, U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, World March of Women, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. [21]

Finances

Grassroots International has total assets of $9,920,217. [22] According to the organization’s tax returns from 2019, Grassroots International recorded $11,007,290 in revenue and $8,285,299 in expenses. [23] In 2018, Grassroots International received $6,605,413 in revenue and had $5,279,773 in expenses. [24] In 2022, Grassroots International received an unspecified grant from MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. [25]

Leadership

Chung-Wha Hong has been executive director of Grassroots International since 2014. [26] Hong spent 12 years at the New York Immigration Coalition as executive director from 2006-2013 and deputy director/advocacy director from 2001-2006. [27] From 1995-2000 she was executive director at North Korean American Service and Education Consortium, a social-racial-economic justice organization. [28] She has also worked in various capacities for the AFL-CIO Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and SEIU. [29]

References

  1. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/who-we-are/history/. ^
  2. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/who-we-are/history/. ^
  3. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/who-we-are/history/. ^
  4. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/who-we-are/history/. ^
  5. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/who-we-are/. ^
  6. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/what-we-do/publications-and-resources/annual-report/. ^
  7. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/what-we-do/the-issues/climate-justice/. ^
  8. Grassroots International website. “Campaign for Climate Justice.” Accessed May 9, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GRI-Climate-Justice-Campaign-Overview-December-2016.pdf. ^
  9. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/what-we-do/the-issues/defending-human-rights. ^
  10. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/what-we-do/the-issues/sustainable-livelihoods/. ^
  11. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  12. [1] Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 9, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/get-involved/donor-activist-engagement-groups/. ^
  13. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 9, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/get-involved/donor-activist-engagement-groups/. ^
  14. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 9, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/get-involved/donor-activist-engagement-groups/. ^
  15. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  16. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  17. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  18. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  19. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf ^
  20. Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  21. Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022; Grassroots International Annual Report. 2020. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grassroots-Intl-2020-Annual-Report-final-July-13.pdf. ^
  22. Grassroots International, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2019. ^
  23. Grassroots International, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2019. ^
  24. Grassroots International, Return of a Nonprofit Corporation (Form 990), 2018. ^
  25. MacKenzie Scott Medium. www.medium.com. Accessed May 6, 2022. https://mackenzie-scott.medium.com/helping-any-of-us-can-help-us-all-f4c7487818d9. ^
  26.  Grassroots International website. www.grassrootsonline.org. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://grassrootsonline.org/who-we-are/staff/chung-wha-hong/. ^
  27. Chung-Wha Hong LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chung-wha-hong-77882b40/. ^
  28. Chung-Wha Hong LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chung-wha-hong-77882b40/. ^
  29. Chung-Wha Hong LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed May 8, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chung-wha-hong-77882b40/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: October - September
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 1983

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Oct Form 990 $6,605,413 $5,279,773 $6,400,362 $1,012,119 N $6,501,806 $51,157 $136,338 $99,279 PDF
    2018 Oct Form 990 $8,473,765 $5,928,349 $4,283,619 $357,107 N $8,333,931 $25,270 $89,520 $97,262 PDF
    2017 Oct Form 990 $4,562,122 $4,343,876 $1,703,048 $178,907 N $4,431,390 $16,500 $40,858 $95,223 PDF
    2016 Oct Form 990 $2,393,107 $2,373,451 $1,498,038 $216,588 N $2,289,071 $63,000 $28,683 $92,457
    2015 Oct Form 990 $2,020,742 $2,031,575 $1,388,797 $145,347 N $2,005,101 $4,100 $23,805 $81,865 PDF
    2014 Oct Form 990 $2,622,868 $2,472,566 $1,402,967 $141,915 N $2,551,386 $43,629 $27,991 $68,345 PDF
    2013 Oct Form 990 $2,552,644 $2,604,386 $1,244,282 $149,088 N $2,471,043 $15,775 $21,447 $84,398 PDF
    2012 Oct Form 990 $2,199,996 $2,450,946 $1,325,478 $136,885 N $2,092,262 $22,900 $47,785 $93,775 PDF
    2011 Oct Form 990 $2,426,091 $3,090,346 $1,677,532 $262,578 N $2,215,952 $1,931 $62,178 $89,975 PDF

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