The Groundwork Trust Model
Groundwork Trusts are members of Groundwork USA, a network of like-minded, independent, non-profit organizations. The network is coordinated by the Groundwork USA national office. Benefits of being part of the Groundwork USA network include:
- access to national and regional resources, including funding, best practices, training programs, operating systems, and organizational assistance;
- participation in a network of like-minded organizations working toward similar goals with opportunities to exchange and share experiences, and
- use of the Groundwork USA name and identity and the national profile, reputation, and influence the Groundwork brand imparts.
Though each Groundwork Trust is responsible for its own affairs, it is also responsible to act in the best interests of Groundwork USA and to manage its business to the highest possible standards. Those standards are outlined in the Groundwork USA Memorandum of Understanding which the Trust organizers and Board of Directors vote to accept when they established a new Groundwork Trust. Under the terms of the Membership Agreement, each Trust and the Groundwork USA national office are accountable to one another to fulfill the tenets of the Agreement and build the good name and reputation of Groundwork USA.