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Grassroots.org, Inc.

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Causes: Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Telecommunications

Mission: The mission of Grassroots.org is to serve as a catalyst for positive social change by leveraging modern technologies and business best practices. Our ultimate goal is to adopt 10,000 nonprofit members and provide them each with an average of $10,000 of services per year at no charge (for a total savings of $100 million per year!).

Results: Recently reached 8,000 member milestone in January 2014 We have donated millions of dollars in services to nonprofit members.

Target demographics: Nonprofits in the USA and Canada

Direct beneficiaries per year: at-least 7000+ nonprofit members providing free technology tools with a total value of $59,790,000 up to date

Geographic areas served: U.S.

Programs: Grassroots.org provides services to nonprofit members within a portal called the Toolbox: website hosting, website builder, volunteer based project tool, password management tools, project management tools, project consulting, virtual phone, fundraising tools, and social media tools.

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Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grassroots.org provides the best forum for nonprofit organizations to network and share their mission and stories. They provide an assortment of business partnerships and free resources from experts who volunteer their time, website, project, fundraising, marketing and administrative tools to help all charities achieve their mission.

We were able to get a Volunteer to re-design our brochure. Recently, we received an offer from a Grassroots.org volunteer to help us with SEO and social marketing. As a nonprofit organization, without the volunteer help from these experts, we are not in a financial position to pay for services we need.
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6 Erin82

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most of our nonprofit's funds are very restricted in use. It's impossible to spend money on graphic design and web design when you are trying to just cover your necessary overhead expenses. Grassroots.org has been a lifesaver! We have found graphic designers for different projects--one was for a logo for our first fundraiser race (to help us attract donors and runners) and the other was for a one-pager explaining what we do to the general public (replacing our tri-fold brochure which was more than 5 years old). These were things we would have had to do on our own (taking time and not turning out as well), or not done at all.
Best of all though, is our new website. We found a designer through Grassroots.org that used a Wordpress template and modified it to suit us. Our old website looked fine but was old technology, so we could not update it ourselves but usually had to pay a company to make even simple text updates. Because of that, it was VERY out of date in almost every way. Now we have a Wordpress site that can be quickly updated at any minute of the day even by staff that are not IT folks. The site looks great too!

1 equinesolutions

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new and small non-profit, Grassroots has been a blessing. Without services and tools they provide we would not have had much of a start at all!!!.. Thank you Grassroots and partners!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm on the board of a very small non-profit (less than $15K income per year) and it's important for us to ensure that virtually every dollar collected goes to direct assistance of our clients - people who need food assistance in our town of Bethel, CT. We are 100% volunteer run and need to use a web site and email to get the volunteers in motion when we run our three food drives each year. Yet we don't have the funds to spend on these things! Grassroots has been instrumental in allowing us to have a web presence and email host at 0 cost - which allows us to keep our volunteers and donors informed without taking funds away from our clients. They've been great to work with!

1 Oralee O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our small non-profit group has battled with issues like an affordable web presence and fundraising tools. A member suggested we check out grassroots and we are so thankful we did. Thanks to grassroots we now have an attractive affordable web site and are part of the we-care fundraising campaign. The cost we have saved just on the web site is a huge benefit but not nearly as much as simply the exposure the website has brought us. The staff and volunteers have been wonderful to work with and the site has been a god send.

1 Rasel M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just founded a not-for-profit corporation and I didn't know much on how to go around and create an impact. Joining grassroots has been very instrumental for me as far not-for-profit is concerned. Here I was introduced to GuideStar and then achieved a gold membership there. Afterwards, I will be getting lots of free tools to run my organization.

Thanks a lot to grassroots for opening my eyes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for a large community mental health provider in SW Ohio called GCB, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, and funding for the tools needed for awareness building are nearly non-existent. I am in need of some branding assistance in order for us to present a consistent image in our materials, and looking for some simple graphic design help to improve what we are currently using. On a lark, I literally Googled something to the effect of, "free graphic design help for non-profits" and found Grassroots.org.
Now, I haven't yet connected with any help, but I wanted to leave a review because I had some trouble setting up my initial account, and the assistance I received blew me away! I expected to have to abandon my attempts because we didn't have the correct browser necessary. Val at Grassroots Support, made it happen for me, easily and pleasantly! If my initial experience is any indication, this is going to be the start of a beautiful relationship!

Client Served

Rating: 3

We at Mukuru Slums Water & Sanitation Project,Nairobi ,Kenya have had the opportunity to be a beneficially of donor funding from European Union to address the poor water and sanitation conditions in our community in collaboration with local community.

However, since the implementation of the project, we have been unable to get a sponsor to our project which is currently not operational because of massive insensitivity from the Water supplier who disconnected the water supply to our project due to a debt.

We are now in the dark completely without any option to achieve the project objectives.The project does not have a website where people can have a look at our project mission and vision.Our country does not care less about Nonprofits whether or not affecting community and we have been looking for a well wisher to assist us with even a basic need like a computer .The many organization we have approached only told us that they do not sponsor infrastructure projects.Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been interacting with Grassroots.org for a couple of months and the need to put our Nonprofit on the worldwide map was the reason why, by design I fell onto the Grassroots.org website and what a fantastic discovery it was. I realized from the outset that Grassroots.org were in deed a friend and in need to assist other nonprofits especially with good development and maintaining of websites for those nonprofits subscribed with Grassroots.org In fact I do not have an idea of any other organization(s) that is performing the role of designing websites for other organization without an investment .For this we are in deed grateful to Grassroots.org for their role in supporting others even globally.Thank you and keep up the community spirits.

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1 holy-place

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working to fullfill my purpose of good works as an image and likeness of God. Building my faith and helping others build their faith set me on a path of helping those in need with encouragement and soon to be linking those blessed with abundance to mentor and assist the suffering thru the internet with a Holy Place website. grassroots.org,inc. offered assistance to our efforts as the result of prayer and faith that God would send positive encouraging people to help us help others so I believe grassroots.org.inc. is a truly good organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered grassroots.org quite by chance. We applied for their services and now are receiving their phone service for free (for a year). The service is much better than the one we had been paying for over 3 years. We also are utilizing their logo design service which has been amazing! So amazing - we can't truly decide. We are close though. We also plan on utilizing the web hosting services too once ours expires.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grassroots.org helped our music booster organization set up a website and domain name. It has been awesome! We've been able to keep up communications with all of our parents without it costing valuable fund-raising dollars. Our informational site is appreciated by the many moms & dads who know that sometimes those concert notices and permission slips just don't make it home in the backpack!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They say you never get anything for free, but we certainly have through Grassroots.org. We built our organization website using Doodlekit provided free through Grassroots.org. The website was easy to set up (especially considering our complete lack of experience in this area), and it is easy to maintain. We've had many positive comments about our website! Even better than free website building and hosting, though, is the Social Ventures Consulting Program grant that we just received from Grassroots. This grant will pair us with MBA students who will work with us to complete the financial portions of our business plan. This is the help we desperately need but can not afford to pay for. As a new and small nonprofit, it is invaluable to be able to access the products and services that Grassroots.org provides. We are very grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grassroots.org has helped our organization to grow by affording us a presence in cyberspace that connects us to other organizations, donors, and members. Through the various developmental tools offered at Grassroots.org, our association have been enhanced, and empowered to service more of the community. Grassroots.org website and tools are user friendly; very easy to navigate. The associates are very friendly, courterous, informative and helpful via the telephone service; in addition, emails are answered in a timely and professional manner.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Well, As most start up non-profits SPAMMO found it difficult to obtain services because we are a cash poor organization. Grassroots.org was a godsend. At a time when me and my board were at an impasse over needs and costs and no real community support at that point, Grassroots.org provided the way to meet those needs without the cost and allow the organization to move forward. Viva Grassroots.org P.S. And I hope to be able to report on Grassroots.org's non-profit consulting opportunity awarded to a limited number of non-profits. This is perhaps the most valuable service that Grassroots.org provides for non-profits. I hope that SPAMMO can be one of those lucky few who can report on its success next year. VIVA Grassroots.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grassroots.org has helped our organization grow exponentially. We have a presence now online that connects us to other organizations, donors, and members. The website is easy to navigate, the telephone service is fantastic, and the email system is easy to use, receive messages on and read. We would not be the viable organization we are now and striving to become without Grassroots.org.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Grassroots.org has been very helpful to me in being able to put my book on the internet. I wrote the book to help others rediscover their hidden talents resulting from dysfunctional formative years which prevent us from being our authentic self. From my own healing from damage resulting from my family of origin, I discovered that the steps I took to become whole would work for everyone. So, while it took me several years to write it down, it became the workbook I use in my support groups. From their entheusiasm, I knew it worked. Grassroots made it possible to offer it to the public. Dr. Camille Smith

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I agreed to revamp the website situation for my spiritual community, I needed something they could use and afford. Being a non-profit organization basically meeting month to month basic money needs with occasional fundraisers for special projects, they actually needed something for FREE. I came across grassroots.org during my search and found they had a wonderful tool for developing websites called Doodlekit. Once we had provided the proof they needed that we are actually a non-profit organization, it became a breeze to begin to use Doodlekit. I was able to transfer the information from our antiquated website to the new one and it looked completely different. Even though the wording was the same, it even looked like the language was updated. I added pictures to the pages, developed a calendar, made a page for listing our officers. I added donation options for our membership including a link to Paypal and amazon.com. What else can I say. We had a wonderful website makeover thanks to the Doodlekit tool in grassroots.org. Viva grassroots.org!

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grassrootsorg 08/27/2010

Thanks for sharing your Doodlekit experience! All of our partners donate services to our members, and we are extremely grateful to them and donors/supporters that we have. You’re right that the tight economy has impacted the nonprofit industry, which is why we’ve been trying harder to reach out to nonprofits in the past year. Keep that website running!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a doctor to volunteer service and a whole lot of underserved patients on the east side of Austin, Texas. None of us had started a nonprofit. We kept trying to chip away at our friends or folks we knew. Thank God for Google. We desperately needed hosting and an easy way for our nontechnical volunteers to update the website. Enter Grassroots. So we got a great website, friendly and competent tech support, but we also got a WHOLE LOT MORE. Grassroots is helping out nonprofit to get the word out through social media; we are getting fundraising mentoring; and there's a whole lot more that we just haven't gotten to yet! Thanks Grassroots. We can make banners, brochures, and cards now that we have a website. Oh, and grants are a little more punchy with a website as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

As a Board Member of our small-town Friends of the Library organization, I'm used to encountering resistance to change. Without the free web hosting services offered by grassroots.org, I would never have been able to convince our organization that, in today's world, non-profit organizations can work smarter by using the Internet. Now, I've been able to demonstrate the benefits without arguing with other Board Members about costs. Signing-up with grassroots.org was simple and easy! Their continual update on tools available to us are invaluable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When searching for a web host for our museum's first website, we were discouraged at the lack of free or reasonably priced services available. If one was available, the site had to carry banners, often with questionable content. When we found grassroots.org we were so impressed at what they had to offer for free! We even recieved web design services at no charge which would have been cost prohibitive otherwise. We have recieved many compliments about our site and the service continues to be incredible. We encourage all of our nonprofit colleagues to try this organization. We know they will be just as satisfied as we are!