Our Funding

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:

Catalyst Award

The Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, launched in 2019, celebrates women of color who are building a healthier, safer, and more just world. Each year, the award provides women environmental leaders of color with a $10,000 prize, networking opportunities, and public recognition.

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.  

 

Grantee-Partners by Year

Equation Campaign
Milkweed Editions
Urban Tilth
White Earth Land Recovery Project

American Forest Foundation
Catalyst Miami

Defenders of Wildlife
Dogwood Alliance
Environmental Defense Center
Extra Terrestrial Projects
Friends of the Earth
Green 2.0
Greening Youth Foundation
Hispanic Access Foundation
Historic Stagville
Humane Borders
Kino Border Initiative
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
National Parks Conservation Association
NatureBridge – Prince William Forest and Yosemite Campuses
North Carolina Conservation Network
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
Our Children’s Trust
Pauli Murray Center for History &
Social Justice
People Over Petro Coalition
Rutgers University Foundation/CAWP

Southern Environmental Law Center
Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project
Sustainable Economies Law Center
UC Merced Sierra Nevada Research
Institute
UC Santa Barbara Foundation
US Climate Action Network


News about Recent Co-Funding

Supporting the Frontline Communities Fighting Line 3 in Minnesota

Supporting the Frontline Communities Fighting Line 3 in Minnesota

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.

Rachel’s Network Supports Community Food Hub in Richmond, CA

Rachel’s Network Supports Community Food Hub in Richmond, CA

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.

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Catalyst Award

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Catalyst Award

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.

Rachel’s Network Provides Grant to Student PIRGs’ New Voter Project

Rachel’s Network Provides Grant to Student PIRGs’ New Voter Project

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 Provides Grant to Tompkins Conservation for Rewilding in Southern Chile

Rachel’s Network Provides Grant to Tompkins Conservation for Rewilding in Southern Chile

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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