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Organizing Model

How We Organize

PICO is a member organization made up of congregations of all denominations and faiths. PICO is the institutional home for community organizations in the United States, Central America, Rwanda, and Haiti that bring together grassroots leaders through training and action. Our broad-based organizing model makes values and relationships the glue that holds these organizations together.

PICO builds community organizations with religious congregations, schools and community centers, which are often the most stable civic gathering places. As a result, PICO organizations engage thousands of people in campaigns to improve the quality of life in their communities.
PICO grassroots leaders identify and solve community issues before addressing broader issues at a city, regional or national level. As a result, PICO organizations are deeply rooted in local communities.
PICO teaches grassroots leaders how to effectively participate in civic life to improve their communities. As a result, PICO organizations are led by ordinary people who have learned how to bring public and private resources to their communities.
PICO brings people together based on faith and values. As a result, PICO organizations are able to act on a comprehensive vision for their communities, cities and regions.
PICO challenges grassroots leaders to listen to the concerns and ideas of their neighbors through individual one-to-one conversations, house meetings and listening campaigns. As a result, PICO organizations build relationships, establish a broad following and choose issues that matter most to their communities.
PICO trains leaders to meet with key stakeholders, policy makers and public officials to understand how things work and determine who has the power to make changes. As a result, PICO leaders build skills and expertise, and are able to get to the root causes of problems facing their communities.
PICO teaches the art of compromise and negotiation. As a result, PICO organizations find common ground with public officials from all perspectives to bring needed changes to communities.
PICO conducts public business through large meetings called actions. As a result, PICO organizations bring together large numbers of people to gain commitments from public officials.
PICO influences public policy by starting with local problems faced by families and then doing careful research. As a result, PICO organizations are responsible for many policy innovations in housing, education, health care and public safety.