Grassroots organizations are a cornerstone of communities across Washington, DC. As a stable and trusted presence, they provide day-to-day support and long-term investment in their neighborhoods. They are also the groups outside partners—such as researchers, government offices, and direct service providers—turn to when they need to engage effectively with community members but don’t have the relationships to do so. Despite community-based organizations’ importance, funders and research institutions often undervalue their expertise, meaning they often have limited access to the resources and supports needed to sustain long-term efforts.
Why Investing in Trusted Community-Based Organizations Is Crucial to Sustainability | Urban Institute