Since 2000, our network has collectively given $2 million toward projects related to environmental protection and women’s leadership. With your participation, we’re making a difference on the issues that matter. Scroll down to contribute to one of our current projects or email Ariana to pledge.
100% of your gift flows through to our grantees and awardees. To support Rachel’s Network’s capacity to administer our programs, please consider giving a general operating support grant and encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to become members.
Current Funding Opportunities
The Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award recognizes women of color making an environmental impact in communities across the country. With prizes of $10,000 per winner, as well as networking support and recognition throughout the year, we’ll shine a spotlight on their valuable contributions while promoting the depth of the environmental community. By supporting those leading the way, we make a powerful, long-term investment in a regenerative and thriving world. To ensure this new program can endure and to demonstrate our network’s commitment to this important issue, we seek multi-year commitments from members as much as possible. For more about the Catalyst Award program, click here.
$204,386 Granted Since 2019
2020 Catalyst Award recipient Doria Robinson’s organization, Urban Tilth, seeks funding to purchase farmland in North Richmond, California, which is currently a food desert. This project is part of a larger effort to build a regenerative three-acre urban farm and community hub, to anchor a local, sustainable, and just food system in the area.
Local Clean Energy Alliance
2020 Catalyst Award recipient Jessica Guadalupe Tovar is the energy democracy organizer for Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA), which is seeking emergency funding to alleviate and advocate for utility debt forgiveness for lower-income households in the Bay Area hardest hit by the pandemic and related economic fallout.
2019 Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award winner Tara Houska, founder of Giniw Collective, is seeking funding for the #StopLine3 Campaign, a group of frontline organizations, state and national NGOs, and lawyers challenging the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline expansion underway in northern Minnesota. Your support will help this coalition challenge the pipeline and defend the rights of activists and communities facing increased legal consequences for protesting construction.
Food & Toxics Alliance
Researchers have recently revealed how toxic substances, like PFAS, are widely in our food supply and may be responsible for health harms such as cancer, reproductive disorders, and neurologic damage. The Food and Toxics Alliance works to fix some of the most antiquated, secretive, and irresponsible policies that allows dangerous chemicals into the food we eat. For more information, see this one page brief. To pledge or give, email Ariana.
Resources for Equitable, Inclusive & Just Funding
For funders interested in supporting organizations or initiatives focused on equity, inclusivity, and justice, we have suggestions below. These groups are affiliated with or led by the women of color in our broader network: Rachel’s Network advisors and awardees/finalists of our Catalyst Award. This is not a comprehensive list of the amazing work being done across the country or world. We encourage you to share other suggestions with members via our listserv.
If you are looking for resources to incorporate racial equity and social justice practices in your environmental work and philanthropy, please email staff and we would happy to share a curated list.
If you would prefer to give a grant through Rachel’s Network, email Ariana.
Agents of Change (District of Columbia)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Finalist Ami Zota, Agents of Change is an ongoing series of stories, analyses and perspectives of next generation environmental health leaders who come from historically under-represented backgrounds in science and academia. Through a partnership between the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and Environmental Health News, their fellowship provides a space for the environmental health leaders of tomorrow to explore the intersection of research, health, diversity and justice.
Alice’s Garden Urban Farm (Wisconsin)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Finalist Venice Williams, Alice’s Garden provides models of regenerative farming, community cultural development, and economic agricultural enterprises for the global landscape. They recognize the cultivating, preparing, and preserving of food, and food traditions, as cultural arts to be reclaimed and celebrated fully in urban agriculture.
Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice (International)
Co-led by 2019 Catalyst Finalist, Marlene Brito-Millán, CIEJ a collective of activists, academics, scientists, and artists working for decolonial environmental justice efforts trans-locally. They align with Indigenous struggles for land, water, and life and urge the climate movement to build genuine climate solutions that do not continue exploiting Indigenous land but rather heal our relationships with each other and with the planet.
Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps (California)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Finalist Agnes Vianzon, Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps is a development and leadership program committed to building a stronger and more inclusive community. They provide opportunities for youth and young adults to experience and better understand wilderness and natural resources by providing a transformational and immersive experience.
Emerge Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Awardee Christine Nieves, Emerge Puerto Rico focuses on rooting cutting-edge climate change leadership and education in community wisdom. Its complex search for liberation and decolonization is blossoming with groundbreaking and surprising examples of human adaptability, ingenuity and imagination in the face of seemingly insurmountable climate and political threats.
Environmental Health Watch (Ohio)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Finalist Kimberly Foreman, Environmental Health Watch was formed in the early 1980’s by a group of concerned neighbors and health professionals in response to pervasive health hazards in Northeast Ohio homes and communities. EHW provides education, advocacy, and direct service to families while also working alongside policy makers to spotlight and confront critical environmental health issues.
Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (North Carolina)
Led by 2019 Catalyst Finalist Jillian Hishaw, Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) offers legal and technical services to aging farmers while reducing hunger in the farmers community. They focus on land retention and asset protection services for farmers.
Fossil Free Fest (Louisiana)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Finalist Imani Jacqueline Brown, Fossil Free Festival is a biennial gathering around art, music, films, food, and difficult conversations about the ethics and complexities of funding art and education with fossil fuel philanthropy. It is a dedicated and open space for Louisiana to imagine and design a #FossilFreeCulture.
Georgia Conservation Voters (Georgia)
Led by 2019 Catalyst Awardee Brionté McCorkle, Georgia Conservation Voters (GCV) is on a mission to transform Georgia’s political landscape by electing leaders with conservation values and holding them accountable to implementing policies that ensure clean water and air, abundant wildlife, scenic landscapes, and economic opportunities for all Georgians.
Giniw Collective (Minnesota)
Led by 2019 Catalyst Awardee Tara Houska, Giniw is an Indigenous womxn, 2-spirit led frontline resistance to protect our Mother, defend the sacred, and live in balance. They conduct trainings, community outreach and education, and relationship-building within the broader movement against fossil fuels, as part of growing efforts to oppose Calgary-based energy giant Enbridge’s 1,000-mile Line 3 tar sands pipeline project.
Greening Youth Foundation (National)
Led by Advisor Angelou Ezeilo, the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) engages under-represented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF’s culturally-based environmental education programing engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community.
Hispanic Access Foundation (National)
Led by Advisor Maite Arce, Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) connects Latinos with partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. They have developed extensive, trust-based community networks, including those in communities that are the hardest to reach. Their vision is that one day, every Latino in America will enjoy good physical health and a healthy natural environment, a high-quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their community with the sum of improving the future of America.
Local Clean Energy Alliance (California)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Awardee Jessica Guadalupe Tovar, the Local Clean Energy Alliance works at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources. They partner with environmental, social justice, business, and community groups to address climate change, advance social and racial justice, and build sustainable and resilient communities.
Affiliated with 2019 Catalyst Awardee Juliana Pino, LVEJO is a woman-of-color led group that organizes Little Village to accomplish environmental justice and achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families. Their vision is to build a sustainable community that promotes the healthy development of youth and families, provides economic justice, and practices participatory democracy and self-determination.
Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (Michigan)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Finalist Michelle Martinez, the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. They work in alignment with the Principles of Environmental Justice and seek to build relationships based on the Jemez Principles with frontline and fenceline communities across the state and beyond. Their vision is that all vulnerable communities thrive in a clean, healthy, and safe environment now and through the uncertain climate future.
Co-led by 2020 Catalyst Awardee Mai Nguyen, Minnow addresses the urgent need to simultaneously preserve farmland, realize indigenous sovereignty, and dismantle racism for a truly just society. Minnow removes farmland from the speculative market, shares governance and control with Native communities, and offers secure and affordable land tenure to farmers of color. Donation page.
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (New York)
Affiliated with 2019 Catalyst Awardee Annel Hernandez, NYC EJA is a BIPOC-led network of grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. Through the coordination of their campaigns, they inform City and State policies and coalesce member organizations around specific common issues that threaten the ability for low-income communities of color to thrive.
Partnership for Southern Equity (Georgia)
Affiliated with 2020 Catalyst Finalist Chandra Farley, the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is a BIPOC-led organization that advances policies and institutional actions promoting racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Focusing on four key areas: energy, growth, health and opportunity, PSE has developed strong partnerships, which have resulted in a series of successful policy initiatives that helped elevate and enable the communities they serve.
Soul Fire Farm (New York)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Awardee Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of ancestors, they work to reclaim the collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. They bring diverse communities together on healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. They also train the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
United Tribes of Bristol Bay (Alaska)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Awardee Alannah Hurley, United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) is a tribal consortium working to protect the traditional Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq ways of life in Bristol Bay that depend on the sustainable harvest of their watershed’s renewable resources, most notably Bristol Bay’s wild salmon. UTBB’s membership consists of 15 federally recognized Tribes in Bristol Bay, representing over 80 percent of the region’s population.
Urban Tilth (California)
Led by 2020 Catalyst Awardee Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth inspires, hires, and trains local residents to cultivate agriculture, feed their community, and restore relationships to land to build a more sustainable food system, within a just and healthier community. They help their community grow our own food; train and employ their own young people as “home grown experts”; teach local residents about the relationships among food, health, poverty, and justice; and forge partnerships with local small farmers to increase demand for their produce.
WE ACT for Environmental Justice (New York)
Affiliated with 2020 Catalyst Awardee Kerene Tayloe, Esq, WE ACT is a woman-of-color led organization that builds healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT envisions a community that has: informed and engaged residents who participate fully in decision-making on key issues that impact their health and community; strong and equal environmental protections; and increased environmental health through community-based participatory research and evidence-based campaigns.
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Rachel’s Network Co-Funding FAQs
In Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote “in nature, nothing exists alone.” We take Rachel’s message to heart and carry it into our philosophy as an organization – we are quite literally all in this together. Rachel’s Network is determined to build a regenerative, environmentally-friendly, and equitable world, and working together increases our impact. To learn more about how our co-funding program works, click on the questions to the right.
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How are projects chosen?
Projects arise out of member interests or come to Rachel’s Network through our Catalyst Award. For more information, email Network Engagement Director Ariana Carella at email@example.com.
What are the benefits of giving through Rachel's Network?
Rachel’s Network pools funds for greater impact – when you combine your grant with a fellow member, it inspires others to give and gets more publicity too. In addition, your personal information isn’t shared with the grantee, so you don’t need to worry about fielding follow-up appeals from our partners. Because of our strong relationships with respected environmental organizations, and our in-depth evaluation of each opportunity, you can be comfortable knowing that your contribution is going to a worthy cause.
How do I get grant updates?
Network Engagement Director Ariana Carella will communicate with participating members by email to share partner updates on the impact of their funding. Also keep an eye on the Friday digest email and the listserv.
How do I find records of my past donations?
Email Operations Director Mit Allenby at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about financial records.