Praxis: Innovative Ideas Practically Applied

Praxis is …

  • The process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted or practiced, embodied and/or realized (Wikipedia)
  • The practical application or exercise of a branch of learning (The Free Dictionary)
  • Translating an idea into action (WordNet/Princeton University)
  • Practical application of a theory (Merriam-Webster)

Expertise and Experience in Service to the Community

Founded in 1994, The Praxis Group is a network of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience who are committed to change through community organizing and cultural activism. We specialize in helping passionate individuals and groups to create successful and effective projects, programs, events and organizations in their communities.

Our philosophy is based on the Seven C’s of Community Development as outlined by Praxis founder, Mark Westwind. This framework for making meaningful and sustainable change encourages organizers and activists to find key points of leverage for focusing their efforts to maximize effectiveness.

Over the years, members of The Praxis Group have contributed many hours of their time and applied their years of experience to initiate new community projects, support community organizations in their formative stages, and provide much-needed technical support in building internal systems.

Our Projects & Services

Our projects and services include:

Fiscally Sponsored Projects

  • New and established projects and organizations needing 501c3 sponsorship

Innovation Initiatives

  • Ideas worth exploring
  • Exciting new projects
  • Pilot projects ready for expansion

Organizational Development Clients

  • Fledging organizations
  • Organizations in transition or expansion

Services include:

Organizational Development

  • Strategic planning and budgeting
  • Board development
  • Strategic budgeting
  • Grant-writing assistance and fundraising support
  • Marketing and communication

Technical Support

  • Technical consulting
  • Website development support
  • Shared Web hosting
  • Intranet collaboration services
  • Data management assistance

Operating Infrastructure

  • 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsorship
  • Banking services
  • Accounting support
  • Salesforce data system
  • Online donations via Give Lively and PayPal

Services are provided at no or very low cost. Praxis provides a robust infrastructure for fledgling organizations including web hosting services, on-line data management via, and access to funder information.

Praxis generally gets involved in a project or organization through the involvement of a board member or member of our network of colleagues. We welcome making new connections with people who share our vision of serving and supporting individuals and organizations who are passionate about changing the world.

Why Praxis?

Because …

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.  It’s not. 

– Dr. Seuss

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– An aboriginal Australian woman

Plant a thought, harvest an act, harvest a habit, harvest a character.
Plant a character, harvest a destiny.

– Sacagawea

It’s easy to make a buck.
It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. 

– Tom Brokaw

To live a life that dignifies the beauty of this planet and the suffering of others.
– Mark Westwind

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. 

– Kahlil Gibran