The Root Causes Network is a program of CRC and provides a permanent infrastructure to build the capacity of service providers to advance inclusive and community-centered policy. The Network creates formal and ongoing space for members to convene, and advance their skills and knowledge.
We know that our sector and the people that comprise it are on the front lines, supporting our communities with life-saving basic needs and services to sustain ourselves through this time. Due to the current health crisis, many organizations are struggling to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and unprecedented challenges. The Root Causes Network creates a shared space for us to weather these challenges together, providing the tools and resources for service providers to strengthen their advocacy efforts when it is needed most.
Traditionally marginalized communities gain a powerful voice in the policy decisions that affect them when the nonprofit sector is empowered and trained to fully exercise its political power and influence. The individual power of people combined with the collective power of the sector helps create healthy and just communities for all. This collaborative work is especially critical as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable communities.
To strengthen the power and influence of human service nonprofits in advocacy work, we believe there must be a network of support offering resources, ongoing training, and relationship building with policy groups to help move our organizations forward through the current crisis and beyond.
CRC is committed to building an inclusive Network which prioritizes organizations rooted within and serving communities of color and led by people of color, and strives to build a movement that is reflective of Colorado’s diversity. CRC is also committed to building a Network that is grounded in principals of social justice and believes in advancing systems-change using an equity lens. Now, more than ever, it is important for our networks to connect and activate in a spirit of allyship and mutual support.
Root Causes Network Goals:
- To provide ongoing education and skills building to help members improve/increase their advocacy capacity.
- To increase the influence of human service nonprofits in the policy field.