In addition to funding vibrant movements in the Global South, Grassroots International also claims space as a US-based advocate, working to change policies and practices that harm those on the losing end of globalization, and usher in transformative economic, trade and agricultural systems based in justice and equity. In 2010, Grassroots International played a key role in launching the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, and later also joined the US Climate Justice Alliance and the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, among other alliances, to advance efforts to win food sovereignty, environmental and climate justice and fundamental social change.
Grassroots International has nurtured long-lasting relationships with organized movements across the world, developing a reputation as a reliable partner that supports authentic change, often in opposition to damaging US government policies. As such, we are one of the few organizations invited to join global movements as a trusted ally. Unlike top-down charity models employed by many mainstream foundations, Grassroots International’s model of long-term partnership and direct advocacy poses a powerful alternative based on movement building for systems change.