Grassroots Community Organizing

Lifting up the voices of low-income community members


We believe that social justice requires full inclusion and participation. Many of our East Bay neighbors are not engaged with the very institutions that most impact their lives. Isolated by poverty, race, violence, or legal status, they are often excluded and have no voice.

We support organizations that identify and train leaders in underrepresented communities who have the passion and vision to influence change.  We believe that those affected by the problems in their community are the experts at solving those problems and that their leadership is essential.  And, we support organizations who work together in coalitions across sectors because their collaborations amplify the impact of organizing.  


Our Strategies:

  • We support organizations and leaders that build civic engagement and power in low-income communities.   
  • We invest in the development and retention of adult leaders who build relationships, organize and lead underrepresented communities.

  • We strengthen the capacity of organizing groups to train leaders to engage in meaningful community-led campaigns and advocacy, and collaborate with partner organizations and coalitions.

Our Desired Outcomes:

  • Grantee organizations have strong organizing and management capacities. 

  • Membership increases year to year.

  • Leaders are retained and continue developing their skills and take on deeper responsibilities. 

  • Over time coalitions and partners work together and campaigns show progress: members increase their civic engagement and influence local institutions and government. 

  • Leaders and communities are empowered and transformed. 


Grantee Spotlight

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Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)  

"The mission of the ACCE Institute is to improve the lives of California's traditionally underserved residents, including communities of color, low-income and working families, and the undocumented population, by carrying out work that fosters deep, indigenous leadership development, policy creation, robust civic participation, and broad community empowerment. ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, to fight for the policies and programs we need to improve our communities and create a brighter future."

ACCE has been a consistent ally of low-income communities and was an early responder to the foreclosure crisis in Oakland, Richmond, and East Contra Costa County. Currently, rents are skyrocketing, low-income tenants are being evicted, and whole neighborhoods are threatened. Together with trusted partner organizations, ACCE is protecting renters' rights through advocacy, policy changes, and ballot measures. In Central Contra Costa County, ACCE is working with tenants, landlords, and city officials to secure dignified and healthy housing for renters.






RoadMap is a national team of seasoned capacity builders dedicated to advancing the power and promise of social justice organizations. 



Compasspoint guides nonprofits as they become better managed, more adaptive, and achieve higher impact.



Top image photo credit: Annette Bernhardt