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Field Notes

March 2024 Newsletter

Erin Rodriguez
March 18, 2024
More than ever, corporations  are expected to play active roles in advancing an equitable and sustainable world. This month, we want to highlight two recently completed projects with our corporate philanthropic partners. 

Over the past three years, Root Cause provided capacity building support, coaching, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to strengthen the work and impact of State Street Foundation’s nonprofit grantees. With State Street’s partnership, Root Cause provided tools and resources, delivered 17 workshops and webinars, and provided over 630 coaching hours to 24 nonprofit organizations. 

Similarly, 2023 brought to a close a five-year partnership with the Biogen Foundation. In 2017, Root Cause worked with the Biogen Foundation to design and launch a new philanthropic initiative in its headquarters community of Cambridge and Somerville, MA. Root Cause served as the backbone organization for STAR (Science, Teacher support, Access & Readiness), a 5-year, $12M STEM ecosystem building initiative that advances educational equity for students in grades 6-14 who have been historically underrepresented in STEM. Over the past five years, STAR has served over 4000 students and 600 educators in 15 schools. 

Root Cause works with companies to support their nonprofit grantees, launch and manage new philanthropic initiatives, and engage local communities to advance positive social change.. Learn more about how Root Cause helps companies develop and implement actionable philanthropic strategies here!

This year, Root Cause turns 20! We look forward to marking this milestone throughout the year, so please stay tuned.

Included in this Newsletter:

  • PUBLICATION: How Root Cause Can Help Companies Cultivate Social Impact
  • WEBINAR: The Power of Funder and Community Partnership in Collective Action
  • PUBLICATION: 2023 Root Cause Impact Report


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