MISSION

Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for positive social change by offering free technology tools, resources and best practices for nonprofit organizations to leverage their charitable efforts and serve their community more effectively.

GOAL

To change the world into a better place, one charity and community at a time by adopting 10,000 nonprofit members, and providing them with an average of $10,000 per year worth of free services for a total savings of $100 million per year!

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OUR HISTORY

2002
In 2002, Grassroots.org was formed by a small group of internet entrepreneurs who realized that they could use the knowledge and experience that had made them successful for charitable efforts. Their idea was simple: Give away $10,000 of free technology tools and services to ten thousand nonprofits every year, for a total savings to charities of $100 million per year. This was an ambitious goal for a start-up organization!
2003
In 2003, Grassroots.org began offering its first service: free web hosting, to qualified 501c-3 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Approximately 100 new nonprofits joined in its first year.
2006
In 2006, our organization surpassed 500 members, adding volunteer web design and search engine optimization to our free tools. A survey of our members showed they needed specialized business expertise and knowledge but could not afford the costs of business consultants, so we launched a “Social Venture Consulting Program” in partnership with The Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. This program offers free MBA consulting services from graduate students to our member nonprofit organizations. (To date, 300 MBA students have assisted more than 80 charitable organizations with business consulting, strategic planning, etc. and six additional universities have joined our partnership to help nonprofits across the country.)
2008
In 2008, our membership grew to 2000 organizations and we added a website builder, graphic design, language translation and virtual office to our free tools. Our annual survey of our members told us that the economic crisis made it hard to keep staff on board to handle program demand and that volunteers were needed. In response, we started interns.org and volunteercenter.com to recruit willing individuals who would donate their time and expertise to our member charities.
2012
By 2012, we had more than doubled our membership, passing the “halfway to GOAL mark” with over 5,700 nonprofit organizations, 5,400 volunteers and 18 business sponsors providing time, technology and services to our nationwide membership. Grassroots.org adds approximately 120 nonprofit organizations and 100 new volunteers every month and has most recently added an online marketplace for charity and fundraising tools to help nonprofits cultivate new donors.

RESULTS

Our ten-year history of service and growth put us in a unique position to provide useful solutions in this sector. We practice what we preach and operate at a minimal cost using technology to manage our growing nonprofit membership and free technology solutions. We focus on nonprofit organizations, offering free technology and business services available through our Grassroots Online Community and Nonprofit Toolbox. We currently serve over 5,700 nonprofits in the United States! (Note: Our membership is 100% free and is necessary to verify IRS status and to match organizations with tools, business resources and volunteers.)

MEET OUR TEAM.

Benjamin Cohen
Benjamin CohenExecutive Director
Ben received his BA in Politics and Society from the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2010. While attending school, he served as a writing tutor for the university. This experience has developed a deep appreciation for the role that education must play in each individual’s life. This passion motivates him to create as many opportunities for those underserved to receive the fair treatment that they deserve. He sees Grassroots.org as an outlet to realize this goal in working with the numerous non-profits connected to the site, so that they may better serve their communities.
Val Caro
Val CaroWeb Development Manager
Computer networking and web development are the things Val’s liked the most. Doing his best to be part of the grassroots’ family, where he can apply his knowledge and will be able to learn new things to improve his skills. A well-organized person and a good team player who is willing to be train and to accept challenging projects. He’s a web developer having 3+ years of experience in developing web applications using open source languages like PHP, MySQL, Joomla, WordPress, Jquery and other API integrations. Also used MVC architecture PHP framework like (CodeIgniter and Cake). Sometimes, doing awesome things are his passion! =) –
Marmel Reposar
Marmel ReposarMembership Support
Marmel is no stranger when it comes to volunteer work and working with non-profits. She has been a service volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations since 1997 and has no plans of stopping just yet. Using her Business Computer Applications background and her 10 years of working experience in HR, Training and Development, and Corporate Management, Marmel has made it her personal goal to help change the world–one charity at a time.
Loyd Maypa
Loyd MaypaSocial Media and Marketing
Prior to joining Grassroots.org, Lloyd was a Business Development and Operations Manager for a BPO firm. Now that he is with Grassroots.org, he applies his skills in business development and online marketing to enhance the organization’s structure and branding. He focuses on leveraging social media to increase awareness and create a healthy community of nonprofit leaders and members. When he is not working, he spends time with his family and practices Muay Thai.
Zuphel Baguio
Zuphel BaguioWeb Developer
A tireless seeker of knowledge, a coach and have been designing websites professionally for over four years. My bread and butter is working with PHP, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, CMS, SEO and Graphics related tasks but as an open minded person, I constantly update myself with the latest trends and innovative tools available in the market these days. To be a developer of Grassroots.org and other sister nonprofit websites really means a lot for me not just a developer but considered it as a family.
Kristoff Ampong
Kristoff AmpongWeb Developer
A hardworking and responsible person eager to learn new skills and meet new challenges. Kris’ goal is to help Grassroots.org by using his skills in Web Development which includes PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, WordPress, jQuery and PHP Frameworks CodeIgniter and CakePHP. He is willing to do tasks that are new to him and takes it as a challenge and as a learning process to enrich his knowledge. Outside work, Kris enjoys extra curricular activities such as basketball, biking, muay thai, boxing and more.