Grassroots International

Funding Global Movements for Social Change

Boston, MA   |


Our mission is to connect people in the US with global movements that defend land, territory, water, food, seeds, and the earth. Together, we address the root causes of injustice and oppression, and build alternatives that nurture human rights, ecological justice, and liberation. We do this through grantmaking, social action, and philanthropic leadership.

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Executive Director

Ms. Chung-Wha Hong

Main address

179 Boylston Street, 4th Floor

Boston, MA 02130 USA

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International Human Rights (Q70)

Public Foundations (T30)

International Economic Development (Q32)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Grassroots International's Brazil program, begun in 1998, supports vibrant social change movements and organizations in Brazil working for land rights, sustainable livelihoods, agroecology, and the democratization of access to resources. Our support remains essential today in view of increasing human rights abuses against landless organizations, decreased governmental support to land reform and the potential for social movements to influence official Brazilian positions in international bodies creating global trade rules.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Excruciating poverty, rampant deforestation and political instability from the outside in have taken a toll on the Haitian people. But even in the midst of this, powerful social movements and grassroots organizations offer local solutions for the country's long-term growth. And it is those groups that form Grassroots International's Haitian partnerships.

Population(s) Served

Using a multi-layer strategy of grantmaking, Grassroots’ Mesoamerica program supports regional networks, national peasant and indigenous organizations and local groups dedicated to the development of alternative policies to globalization. At community and national level, Grassroots’ goals are to support the development of sustainable livelihood practices and strengthen the organizing among different communities and groups. At regional level, we partner with broad networks led by peasant farmers, indigenous, and women.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Through partnerships with organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip), Grassroots International supports community-based organizations providing essential services and advancing rights to land, water and food. And working with allies and partners we facilitate international linkages to support and amplify the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and peace with justice.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent

Our international partners are, as you might imagine, welcome our support. But they’ve also pressed us: It’s not enough, they say. You have to change the U.S. policies that open the world to U.S. corporations and make it so hard for small producers around the world to protect our livelihoods, they tell us.

To answer that call, we have increased our support to powerful activists who can do just that. And we support and collaborate with U.S. groups seeking links to global movements.

Population(s) Served

With land, water and seeds increasingly controlled by a small number of poorly regulated transnational corporations, effective social change for resource rights and a fair food system must match this global reach. We call this life-giving cross-border work globalization from below. This work puts us at the front lines of the struggle between private gain and public good.

In that work, we are honored to have formed partnerships with powerful and visionary global networks like La Vía Campesina, which represents more than 200 million small producers in over 70 countries.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Farmers have worked the rugged land in Western Africa for generations for food and livelihood. All that changed when the government planted a virtual “For Lease” sign on the land. China and other buyers grabbed it up, quickly draining the land of nutrients with vast fields of monocrops for export.

This is the plight of many farmers throughout West Africa. Massive land grabs – combined with the influx of genetically modified seeds under the banner of the “Green Revolution,” and the promotion of laws that criminalize seed-saving and open markets to free trade – come with empty promises of increased agricultural productivity and the end of hunger.

This so-called “Green Revolution” is responsible for poisoning precious farmland with toxic chemicals while profiting agro-industrial giants at the expense of the families and communities who depend on – and care for – the land.

Many threatened small farmers are joining a growing movement-building effort of peasant farmers who are part of We Are the Solution, a network of women-led family farmer organizations in five countries of West Africa, working to promote agroecology and food sovereignty as an alternative to the corporate takeover of agriculture in the region.

The Fund to Advance Resource Rights in West Africa supports grassroots organizations and social movements in West Africa that advance food sovereignty, climate justice and the human rights to land and water as solutions to hunger, poverty, and ecological disruption. It prioritizes support for social movements and community-based efforts that are led by women, small-scale farmers, Indigenous Peoples, and youth as those most impacted by these forms of injustice, and therefore the best experts in creating lasting solutions.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    conversations soliciting verbal and written feedback by phone and email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have an ongoing commitment to long term funding of our partners, but in response to feedback from partners we changed to formalizing 3 year grants to our partners.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are open to honest feedback from our partners and grantees, which has given us a way to honor their autonomy and leadership over their own organizational decisions. We acknowledge that partners and grantees know best what makes sense for their organizations, and we continue consistent funding to them without trying to control their decisions.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,


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Grassroots International

Board of directors
as of 01/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Maria Aguiar

Solidarity and Movement Organizer

Term: 2016 - 2022

Chung-Wha Hong

Grassroots International

Maria Aguiar

Sha Grogan-Brown

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Kathy Mulvey

Kalila Barnett

Barr Foundation

Hendrix Berry

Grace Goldtooth

Sam Jacobs

Works in Progress Fund

Denise Perry

Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity (BOLD)

Ninaj Raoul

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees

Jesenia Santana

Solidaire Network

Sam Vinal

Radical Imagination Family Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/05/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.