“If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing” ~ Barack Obama
A different kind of nonprofit, Side Project helps other nonprofits! Inspired by Barack Obama’s final presidential speech, Side Project was created to promote social justice and social change by incubating and developing grassroots projects. What does that mean?
Side Project offers resources, training, and technical assistance to start-up and established nonprofits that focus on:
- The rules, regulations, and laws impacting social change efforts
- Community organizing and development strategies
- Inclusion of ALL people in the community
- Evaluation and outcome measurement
One such nonprofit is Community Greening, an urban forestry nonprofit based in Delray Beach that has expanded throughout South Florida. CG works with local residents and organizations to improve the environment and the community by planting trees and transforming urban green spaces
Since its founding in 2016, CG has planted over 4,000 trees with 3,500 volunteers of all ages in parks, schoolyards, residential yards, and urban orchards from West Palm Beach to Deerfield Beach. Community Greening was named “Non-Profit of The Year” by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.
It’s not surprising that CG’s Co-Director and Co-Founder Mark Casini praises Side Project by writing, “When someone starting a non-profit asks my advice on how to do it, I tell them how priceless Jeff’s [Fromknecht, Side Project co-founder and CEO] services were. He’s a pro, he’s in it for all the right reasons, he’s a pleasure to work with, he’s organized and experienced. The people I’ve connected with Jeff are just as happy with him as I am.”