At Rachel’s Network, we believe in the power of women, particularly women of color, to create and nurture a healthy environment for all. Women are writing transformative climate legislation, championing equitable and just environmental policies, restoring ecosystems, mobilizing activists on renewable energy, fighting for clear air and water, and more. Our network funds these leaders and their visions. Since 2000, our network has collectively given $2 million to solutions that secure a thriving planet for future generations, and women leaders on the frontlines of our movement. Our primary programs are:
The Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, launched in 2019, celebrates women of color who are building a healthier, safer, and more just world.
When Women Lead
Our annual report, When Women Lead, examines voting records of federal legislators from 1972 to present. The data shows that women in Congress vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts.
Native organizers in Minnesota are leading on-the-ground resistance to urge President Biden to revoke permits and halt construction, provide legal support to water protectors, and communicate the threat posed by Line 3. Rachel’s Network provided a grant through the Equation Campaign to support the coalition.
Six years ago, Urban Tilth took a neglected three-acre plot of land in North Richmond and turned it into a flourishing community farm. Now, they are working to purchase land they’ve been leasing and expand programing and infrastructure. Rachel’s Network provided a grant to Urban Tilth to help make this vision a reality.
Rachel’s Network today announced the awardees and finalists of its second annual Catalyst Award. The award provides women leaders of color support and recognition for their commitment to a healthy planet, along with a $10,000 prize, networking opportunities, and national recognition for their work.
Young people continue to be underrepresented in our democracy, and COVID-19 has severely curtailed traditional youth voter registration efforts. As a result, Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is using digital tools to reach potential voters and providing the information they need to navigate the 2020 election and beyond. Rachel’s Network is providing Student PIRGs a grant to help enable this work.
Rachel’s Network Partners with Coalition Fighting Petrochemical Development in the Ohio River Valley
The American Chemistry Council has identified $36 billion in potential petrochemical and plastic manufacturing investments in the Ohio River Valley and corporations have already begun building ethane cracker plants, pipelines, storage facilities, and other dirty infrastructure. Rachel’s Network is partnering with the People Over Petro Coalition to fight back.
In 2019, Tompkins Conservation donated one million acres to Chile to help establish 10 million acres of new national parks in the country. Rachel’s Network traveled to Chile earlier this year to meet Tompkins Conservation staff, including president and co-founder Kristine Tompkins, and visit two of the new parks – Pumalín and Patagonia. The trip left an impression on members who subsequently provided a grant to Tompkins to support their continued conservation work.
You can read about our past grantmaking on our blog and annual reports. For more information about our grantmaking, email Network Engagement Director Ariana Carella. Please note: we do not accept unsolicited proposals. To support Rachel’s Network, please consider joining as a member or contributing a general operating support grant.
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