Mission:

GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP FIGHTS TO END FOR-PROFIT INCARCERATION AND REDUCE RELIANCE ON CRIMINALIZATION AND DETENTION THROUGH DIRECT ACTION, ORGANIZING, RESEARCH, AND PUBLIC EDUCA ... (More)


 www.grassrootsleadership.org
 |  PO BOX 36006 Charlotte NC 28236-6006

Grassroots Leadership Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 58-1581743.  Donations are tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Educational Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1984.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Overall Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

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...   Finance & Accountability


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Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

13/13 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.53%

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue

$3,029,757

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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

87.00%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

13/13 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

Audited

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.53%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component


Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


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No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Grassroots Leadership Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$500,857

Spent in most recent FY

24%

Percent of program expenses


CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS - THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS WORK TO END FOR- PROFIT PRIVATE PRISONS AND JAILS AND END CRIMINALIZATION OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR WHILE BUILDING A BASE OF IMPACTED PEOPLE AND ... (More)


$380,403

Spent in most recent FY

18%

Percent of program expenses


IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS - THIS PROGRAM AIMS TO CHANGE THE POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT FEED THE FOR-PROFIT DETENTION SYSTEM AND RESULT IN DEPORTATIONS, IMPACTING INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COU ... (More)


$1,160,628

Spent in most recent FY

56%

Percent of program expenses


GENERAL PROGRAMS - THE ORGANIZATION STRIVES TO IMPACT CHANGE BY ADVOCATING FOR CHANGES TO UNJUST POLICIES AND PRACTICES, CHANGING THE NARRATIVE AROUND CRIMINALIZATION, MASS INCARCERATION, AND DEPORTAT ... (More)


GuideStar Seal of Transparency

Gold


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We will grow our base of directly impacted leaders in Texas who are leading campaigns for policy change. Base-building and leadership development will unfold alongside current campaign work, such as decarceration campaigns in Austin and Houston, and Shut Down Hutto campaign work in Williamson County. We will ensure our base is educated across the criminal justice-immigration divide, with key leadership across our multi-issue campaigns from both sides. We will significantly grow our digital base and ally base to be quickly and efficiently leveraged for grassroots campaigns. By organizing from Texas with a national lens, we will win nationally impactful policy changes on detention, enforcement, and criminalization, while ensuring these victories lay the groundwork for future efforts. We will advance a national effort to end the criminal prosecutions of migrants in the next administration.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

We will begin an organizing project in Williamson County, a suburban Austin county that is a good indication of Texas' future, with explosive growth, demographic change, and harsh anti-immigrant policies—including an intergovernmental agreement to detain immigrants at the Hutto Detention Center and the nation's first new street-level 287(g) agreement. Our base-building in Williamson County will center both undocumented leadership and local allyship. In conjunction with local allies, including Workers Defense Project, Texas Organizing Project, and United We Dream, we will host at least three deportation defense trainings for organizers and three deportation defense CLEs for attorneys. In collaboration with Mijente and Justice Strategies, we will plan and host a national convening for organizers fighting the criminal prosecutions of migrants. Through a joint campaign between our criminal justice and immigration teams, we will advocate for the successful implementation of Austin's model #FreedomCity policy, which reduces the impact of SB 4 and the negative impacts of broader criminalization policies by significantly reducing the number of arrests and bookings into the Travis County Jail and by reducing the jail-to-deportation pipeline. We will pass a new policy to reduce prosecutions for drug offenses in Texas, starting in Austin's Travis County. In Williamson County, we will advance a campaign to end the county's 287(g) agreement and continue our campaign to shut down the Hutto Detention Center. (At the end of June, we won a years-long fight to end Williamson County's contract with Hutto, when the Williamson County Commissioners Court voted 4-1 to end the contract by or before January 2019. We will organize local opposition to any emergency measure that may keep the facility open.) We will develop a media strategy to destabilize dominant narratives conflating immigrants with criminality, while drawing connections to our broader anti-criminalization work. Along with our partners, we will work to develop a story about Texas, including framing villains in state leaders who promoted SB 4 and national leaders who promote anti-immigrant policies. We will feature individual cases to highlight the need for urgent policy change as it relates to SB 4 and ICE-local law enforcement. We will draw on lessons learned from our support of families impacted by the recent family separation crisis and from local campaigns, such as the one we co-coordinated with Alicia Guerrero and Workers Defense Project to release Martin Guerrero, who was held on an ICE hold in Hays County following a traffic stop. We will drive a narrative wedge between federal immigration enforcement and local officials, similar to our work that has exposed ICE's lies and distortions to local officials. (For examples, please see coverage in The Huffington Post and The Intercept.)


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Our work is largely led by those negatively impacted by criminalization, and lifting the voices and experiences of directly impacted people is a long-standing organizational commitment. Our board by-laws mandate that at least half of our board members are people of color and half are women. We also promote the leadership of people who have been directly impacted by the immigration deportation and mass incarceration systems, and have worked in recent years to ensure that our board represents these communities. We define directly impacted as having either lived personal or family experiences of incarceration through the criminal justice system, immigrant detention or deportation, or involuntary mental health confinement. Of our 8 board members, 5 are individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration or immigration enforcement. Our staff similarly reflects the communities we work with, including formerly incarcerated people and people who have experienced deportation proceedings. Our leadership team includes two directly-impacted staff members; Claudia Muñoz, our Immigration Programs Director, and Annette Price, our Texas Advocates for Justice Statewide Director. Finally, in our hiring, we explicitly encourage immigrant community members, formerly incarcerated people, and people with family members in prisons or detention centers to apply.


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We use these metrics to measure our effectiveness: We will train at least 100 impacted individuals across the organization in intersectional political analysis, spokespeople trainings, and community organizing. At least 30 community members, advocates, and organizers will participate in our local defense committees formed to challenge criminal prosecutions of migrants and at least 1,000 people will participate in grassroots campaigns to stop criminal prosecutions of migrants through a range of actions and digital platforms. We will win at least two nationally impactful victories on immigration enforcement, detention, or criminalization. At least five presidential candidates will adopt the position that the criminalization of migration should be ended, in response to our organizing and media campaigns. We will train at least 100 directly impacted leaders in Texas as spokespeople, and in curriculum on deportation defense and organizing across the criminal justice/immigration reform divide. Grassroots Leadership staff and members will be cited at least 250 times in local, state, and national media. We will see at least a 20% increase across our digital organizing platforms, including our CRM and social media platforms. Our efforts to spark a narrative shift will prompt at least 15 national media outlets to use our framing in their coverage of migrant prosecutions.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Over the past several years, we have successfully advanced advocacy and organizing efforts to win concrete victories and build a base in and between communities directly impacted by harsh immigration enforcement and criminal justice policies. We have spearheaded efforts that have closed troubled for-profit prisons and detention centers, organized to successfully implement the first policy limiting use of immigration detainers in a Texas jail, successfully anchored sanctuary campaigns to stop deportations, stopped the privatization of the state hospital system, ensured in-person visitation in Texas jails, and strengthened fair chance hiring policies. In 2018 alone, we have already stopped the construction of a $97 million women's jail in Travis County; won what we believe may be the first case of deferred action for a detained person under this administration; sparked the successful passage of Austin's new #FreedomCity policy, the first of its kind in Texas; and reunited migrant families separated at the border.



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