Grassroots groups are the lifeblood of the environmental movement. They have a direct, personal stake in halting pollution, restoring watersheds, protecting wilderness and open space, and educating the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. They understand their local culture and politics. They are powered by dedicated, passionate volunteers. Yet, most foundations don’t fund these groups because they are too small, too new, or are perceived to be too risky. Since 2003, the Rose Foundation, with support from our funding partners, has supported over 300 small community organizations with more than $1 million in grants to build and sustain the grassroots environmental movement.