Dear Prospective Member of Grassroots Grantmakers,

Grassroots Grantmakers is a 501 c 3 national membership organization. We value and leverage resident and civic engagement as a catalyst for creating and driving sustainable community improvement strategies.  We are place-based funders, advocacy organizations, community organizers, and residents.

We believe that effective community investment strategies — public, private or philanthropic — must leverage resident insights, community assets, resources and social capital. With these components we believe we can transform vulnerable communities and address social, racial and economic justice issues that stifle positive place-based change efforts.

Grassroots Grantmakers provides education and engagement opportunities for members to improve and maximize community investment strategies, while also developing and promoting effective grassroots leadership and organizing strategies. By connecting community investments and resident leadership, we will help build communities and address critical issues facing our residents.

Drawing on the wealth of outstanding and inspiring experiences from our members, Grassroots Grantmakers provides the following:

  • Excellent education and engagement opportunities to support like-minded leaders in the field.
  • Unique and unparalleled community-based, resident-led technical assistance that draws on the wealth of knowledge and inspiring experiences of our members.
  • Exceptional resources, sharing best practices and advice for experienced leaders as well as those just starting out in community philanthropy and/or resident leadership.

As the only North American philanthropic membership organization that engages residents, Grassroots Grantmakers is focused on helping our members build capacity and have significant impact in the following areas:

  • Developing effective resident and civic engagement strategies.
  • Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Managing impactful neighborhood-based small-grant funding initiatives.
  • Creating inclusive grantmaking strategies and partnerships.
  • Understanding the power of story telling and qualitative data analysis in measuring return on charitable investments.

Ready to join us? Become a member today!

Join as an organization and receive:

  • Priority notification for webinars, events, publications and special projects.
  • Discounted registration for events, webinars, professional development opportunities and other training.
  • Complimentary print copies of Grassroots Grantmakers’ publications.
  • Priority access to staff for information and technical assistance, and connections with experienced peers who can answer your questions.
  • Promotion of your successes on our website and in blogs, podcasts and social media.
  • Your organization’s listing, with a link to your website, on Grassroots Grantmakers’ site, along with the opportunity to display Grassroots Grantmakers’ logo on your website.
  • Eligibility to serve on Grassroots Grantmakers’ National Board of Directors and other national committees.

Organizational membership fees are based on your organization’s current annual administrative/operating budget. See the chart below to determine your rate.

Join as an individual and receive:

  • Priority notification of events, webinars and publications.
  • Eligibility to serve on Grassroots Grantmakers’ Board of Directors and committees.
  • Promotion of your successes via our website, blogs, podcasts and social media.
  • Discounted registration for events, webinars, professional development opportunities and other training.

Individuals can join Grassroots Grantmakers by making an annual gift of $100 to advance the work of empowering residents and improving community investment efforts.

Grassroots Grantmakers Membership Rates

  Annual Operating Budget Annual Membership Contribution
Individual Memberships $100
Grassroots Organization Memberships $250
$500,000 or Less $1,500
$500,000 to $1 M $2,500
$1 M to $5 M $3,500
$5 M to $10 M $5,000
$10 M to $15 M $7,500
$15 M to $20 M $10,000
More than $20 M $15,000

Payment Options

  • If you would like to make your individual membership contribution via our secure online payment portal, you can join online.
  • If you would like to make your organizational membership contribution via our secure online payment portal, you can join online.
  • If you prefer to pay by check, please make check payable to Grassroots Grantmakers and send with your registration form to:

Grassroots Grantmakers
P.O. Box 88871
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Need more information?

Learn more by calling Roderick Wheeler at 317-550-5317, or send him an email at


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