When we invest in small, grassroots initiatives, we are investing in community leaders who truly understand the needs of those around them.

Yet despite the knowledge and understanding of community issues that grassroots leaders have, research shows that leaders of color, on average, have smaller organizational budgets and less access to financial support than white leaders. Overall, only 3.6% of nonprofit funding goes to organizations led by people of color, while 1.9% of funding goes toward women and girls causes and only .28% of funding goes to causes supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Read more on the guiding principles for supporting grassroots organizations.

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