Community members need adequate resources to be able to participate effectively in environmental, consumer protection and social justice issues. One of the most obvious and pressing needs is money, and Rose's grantmaking programs are designed to funnel support from colleague foundations, businesses and individuals towards cutting edge environmental, consumer and social justice programs.
But community-based organizations and the people they represent need more than just money. Rose integrates training programs into its grantmaking to help organizations develop the internal capacity the need to conduct successful programs. We want to strategically award grants to help communities win important environmental and consumer protections. But we also want to leave the organizations we support stronger after the grant dollars have been spent.
But ultimately, we don't just need to strengthen community-based organizations - we need to strengthen communities themselves and the fabric of democracy. To achieve this, Rose focuses on youth leadership development and teaching high school students how to step forward as the emerging young leaders their communities need.