Grassroots Grantmaking - Exponent Philanthropy

Grassroots Grantmaking

Exponent Philanthropy hosts a live discussion for lean funders to hear from their peers about how they are tackling today’s challenges.

When tackling social problems, it is often said people closest to the problem best know the solutions. Supporting grassroots organizations is an important part of the philanthropic ecosystem. Join us for a Live Discussion and hear how two foundations support grassroots organizing efforts across the globe. You’ll walk away with a new understanding of grassroots grantmaking, and how to support scalable solutions in communities.

Nina Blackwell of Firelight Foundation, and Laura García of Global Greengrants Fund will kick-off the call by sharing how they are responding.


Nina Blackwell, Executive Director, Firelight Foundation. As executive director, Nina supports the entire team to listen, co-create, collaborate, learn, and document with our grantee-partners. Nina also works with the Firelight team and their grantees to set and deliver on their strategic impact and to engage donors in the work.


Laura García, President & CEO, Global Greengrants Fund. Laura is a Mexican feminist who has advocated for human rights, social justice, and civil society throughout her career. Before joining Global Greengrants, Laura served for seven years as the executive director of Fondo Semillas, a Mexican nonprofit organization that finances grassroots organizations to achieve gender equality. Laura has vast experience in grassroots philanthropy, human rights, and movements for social justice, and she has co-created networks to promote community philanthropy in the Global South.

Who Should Attend

This program is open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; and members of giving circles.

Registration and Other Policies

Please register by clicking this link [link], even for complimentary programs. Prior to the live discussion, you will receive your unique access information. By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to Exponent Philanthropy’s Participant Guidelines. Please contact us by email or at 202-580-6560 if you have any questions.