Creating a Community Investment Fund – A Local Food Approach
Authored by Michael Shuman
Measuring the Impact of Community Organizing
The story of the work Solidago supports, and the groups that are doing that work at a grassroots level, is the substance of a report ”Measuring the Impact of Community Organizing”, drawing on Solidago’s grantmaking assessment study of 2004.
It is the story of how funding strategically, and working together, can have exponential impact to build a strong, unified movement for social change that is connected across issues. It is the story of building a healthy, sustainable movement that fosters social change, human rights and the re-distribution of resources.
This study found that for every dollar Solidago invested in grantees doing community organizing for social change, these communities received an additional $59 in benefits as a result of this work. It also found that when grantees worked together, the benefits to communities are even greater.
Work that may appear diffuse and small-scale actually was shown to have a large-scale impact when the accomplishments of independent organizations that collaborated were added together. The study showed that grassroots organizations, which worked in alliance with other organizations, were able to accomplish significantly more for their communities than those that worked in isolation.
~ Solidago Foundation