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Our mission is to catalyze women and girls as leaders of Conscious Social Change in their communities.

Vulnerable Women as Agents of Change

Global Grassroots honors the inherent wisdom in women to know what their communities need and how best to meet that need.

The women with whom we work, often marginalized and living in deepest poverty, are the least likely to have access to the resources necessary to address issues facing women and girls, such as domestic violence, water issues, and illiteracy.

We provide the training, skills, resources, and support vulnerable women need to advance mindful social change in their post-conflict communities.

Through our current partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), up to 11 women-led Global Grassroots' teams will bring safe, clean water access - permanently and sustainably - to more than 30,000 people in Rwanda in 2016. RAIN is generously providing 1/3 of the funding to launch these teams.

The cost of clean water, along with important social change related to water access, will equate to less than $7 per person once all teams are operating. We believe we offer the most efficient water program in existence.

Will you partner with us to match RAIN's investment? Please DONATE NOW and tell us how many people, at $7 per person, you want to give the gift of safe water. Thank you!

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Can a Toilet Eliminate Sexual Violence and Protect a Girl's Education?

The pit latrines at Byimana Primary School look like a set of brick ruins -- without roofs, open to the sky and weather, absent doorways, massive holes in the side walls -- leaving any user embarrassingly exposed. In fact, the crumbling shared-sex latrines, unsupervised and set apart from the school building, were a perilous place for a young girl and the future of her education.

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Ventures in Development

Reducing domestic violence and alcoholism in Northern Uganda through drama, song, psychological support, and home visits.

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Our Partners

NOVO Foundation Coca-Cola Africa Foundation RAIN - Water for Africa
Imago Dei Fund Segal Family Foundation CarEth Foundation
Black Fox Philanthropy Women for Water Resonate - Women Leading Change

Stone Family Foundation (US)
PECO Foundation
Rapidan Foundation
Maura A. Shaughnessy
Carol Wood
Sewell Family Foundation
St. James Trust
Christ Church Board of World Fellowship

Our Impact

Graduates: 625
Social Ventures Designed: 120

>Read About the Ripple Effects of Our Work with Young Women (.pdf)

>Download our 2014 Impact Assessment (.pdf)

>Download our 2011 Impact Assessment (.pdf)

What's New


Global Grassroots Founder and President Gretchen Steidle is featured in a podcast with Social Entrepreneur Tony Loyd. Gretchen explains the importance of incorporating mindfulness in the training and support we provide grassroots women who want to bring Conscious Social Change to their communities.

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More terrific coverage and support of Conscious Social Change! Skoll Foundation invited Global Grassroots Founder and President Gretchen Ki Steidle to write about how using mindfulness and our Five Principles can help achieve maximum social impact.

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Fundraising and Communications Coordinator Kathleen Mahoney writes about her experiences visiting our women-led teams in Uganda and Rwanda as part of her work with Global Grassroots.

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Gretchen writes about the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into our personal and professional lives, something that, for the last ten years, we have been teaching the grassroots women with whom we work.

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So proud to be part of Maxim Hygiene's #FierceWomen Campaign! Thank you Maxim Hygiene for supporting fierce women everywhere who are bringing social change to benefit other women and girls.

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Natalie Lynn Rekstad, President of Black Fox Philanthropy and a warrior woman herself, has written an inspiring blogpost about Global Grassroots' Founder and President Gretchen Ki Steidle. We greatly appreciate all that Natalie and her team at BFP do for Global Grassroots and vulnerable women and girls everywhere.

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In honor of International Women's Day, read how water will help one village and their Bright Future.

>Download our March 2016 Newsletter (.pdf)

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