Each year, Resourceful Communities hosts the GrassRoots Convening. This statewide gathering provides grassroots organizations from across the state opportunities to connect with peers facing similar challenges — geographic isolation, limited resources, demanding schedules, overwhelming demands for programs.
At the GrassRoots Convening we showcase the themes that drive our partners’ work and participants experience adult learning at its best: peer-to-peer, experiential learning and strategic connections with other partners and resources. Participants network with peers, resource providers and funders, gathering information and energy to fully participate in issues affecting their communities.
As one GrassRoots Convening participant said, “You do for us what we all dream of doing for each other.”
Highlights from the 2012 Convening include:
- Keynote address from Anita Brown-Graham, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, who provided a no-nonsense discussion about the educational, economic and political challenges distressed communities face and encouraged community organizing and civic engagement to address the challenges
- Funders’ Panel featuring representatives from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Golden LEAF Foundation, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, NC Department of Commerce, USDA Rural Development and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
- Skills-Building Sessions on Grassroots Fundraising, Evaluation Planning, Strategic Planning, Community Organizing and Conflict Management