2017 was a year of resistance, resilience and power. Every week, a new catastrophe or flash point of struggle seemed to hit the news. But thanks to our generous supporters Grassroots was able to step up our solidarity more than ever before. Grassroots provided more than $2.8 million in cash grants to sustain and strengthen grassroots movements—an increase of 170 percent over the previous year. As ever, our partners and grantees remained our first priorities. Grassroots devoted more than 79 percent of spending to grants, education, and program activities.
Over our 35-year history, Grassroots has awarded more than $48 million to hundreds of key and effective partners. Active support of our donors makes all this work possible. Through grantmaking and advocacy, we play a vital role in supporting global movements that address the root causes of the challenges we face. We monitor the work on the ground to ensure that donations help create a more just and sustainable future.
Grassroots International does not seek or receive US government funding in order to remain an independent and outspoken advocate for the human rights to land, water and food.