Our Partners

Building Community Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships are critical to effective, sustainable community change-making. At Social Grove, we take pride in partnering with organizations that are committed to co-creating thriving communities.

featured Projects

At Social Grove, we say yes to projects that keep us mindful of our why in the work we do. We are honored to be a part of community-change work that spans geography, discipline, and practice. 

Strategic Planning & Research

Stronger Together Missouri

Social Grove, in partnership with the Coordinating Board for Early Childhood (CBEC), the Early Childhood Inter-Agency Team (ECIT), the Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS), and the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) at the University of Missouri, is supporting the revision of Missouri’s Early Childhood Strategic Plan from a community-based lens. In addition to revising the Early Childhood Strategic Plan, Social Grove is also supporting the creation and distribution of a public, statewide communication plan that will highlight and describe the recommended plan revisions and communicate the revised plan’s intended impact. Read more about our work with the Stronger Together Missouri team here.

Strategic Planning & Program Development

Horizon Line Coffee – Sustainability Programming

Social Grove is providing strategic and programmatic support to Horizon Line Coffee as they launch a sustainable glass reuse program, eliminating all single-use paper and plastic waste from their shop. As part of this work, Social Grove provides research and storytelling supports to enhance public understanding about the interconnectedness of coffee, companionship, and planet, and the role of businesses in promoting ethical, responsible, and transformational actions within their communities and industries. Learn more about Horizon Line’s sustainability programming here.


Community Engagement & Leadership Development

Culture of Health Leaders Program

Several Social Grove team members are actively engaged in the Culture of Health Leaders program via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through this program, leaders are provided opportunities to refine their leadership skills, build cross-sector collaborations, and launch change-making initiatives rooted in health equity. Read more about what our Culture of Health Leaders are up to here

What Folks Are Saying About Us

“Ashton and her team at Social Grove advocate for inclusion by seeking out diverse perspectives and ensuring that they are meaningfully valued and weighted in decision-making processes.”


~ University of Missouri Collaborator

“The Social Grove team is extremely skilled at generating and implementing action-steps that promote full participation and belonging among all members. The team recognizes and seizes opportunities to be inclusive and explore the biases and value systems that shape their interpretations of information about people and communities that are both similar and different from them.” 

~ Community Research Collaborator

“Ashton has a great knack for perspective-taking; her ability to think before responding and hold others’ ideas and interests in mind when making decisions allows her to model respectfulness in thinking and doing, both in her leadership and partnership with community.”

~Culture of health leaders collaborator