Public, Society Benefit

Grassroots Initiative Inc

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.gograssroots.org

This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.


This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

Grassroots Initiative was founded to ensure that public service is accessible regardess of race, creed or economic status. By lowering the risks and obstables to entering public service, we help connect communities to government resources and ensure that public decision-making can reflect and benefit from the rich diversity and assets that our countryhas to offer.

Service Areas

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National

Grassroots Initiative is based in New York City and offers services to individuals, candidates and elected officials nationwide

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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Jeff Merritt

Keywords

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leadership development, election assistance, grassroots, political, participation, civic, engagement, community, empowerment, minority, election, candidates, new voices, new york, brooklyn, queens, manhattan, staten island, the bronx, political party, public awareness, community

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EIN

20-2295767

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Grassroots Initiative programs operate under three distinct tiers. (1) New Voices Campaign Grassroots Initiative undertakes strategic public awareness campaigns to bolster confidence among politically marginalized groups and to encourage community leaders to run for elected office. Key Components: > Targeted public service announcements aimed at demographic and geographic communties > Outreach to community leaders to promote public service opportunities > Assistance to help individuals assess whether or not to seek elected office (2) Election Assistance Unit Grassroots Initiative?s Election Assistance Unit (EAU) is the world?s first nonprofit election consulting firm. We provide free and low-cost resources to lower the technical barriers and cost of running for elected office. Key Components: > Free how-to-guides on running for office, targeting voters, campaigning and getting out the vote > Lists of likely voters in a district > Analyses of past voting patterns in a district > Low-cost campaign materials including signs, palm cards, etc > Referrals for legal assistance related to ballot access (3) Tools for Newly Elected Officials Grassroots Initiative works with newly-elected officials to provide the tools and resources they need to best serve their constituents. Key Components: > Clearinghouse of best practices in constituent affairs > Forums for collaboration among elected officials > Low-cost materials for community/voter outreach

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Service Areas

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National

Grassroots Initiative is based in New York City and offers services to individuals, candidates and elected officials nationwide

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Grassroots Initiative, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Grassroots Initiative Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Jeff Merritt

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cynthia Medina-Carson

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