When the problems of our world are so multi-faceted and the system so entrenched, where is the best place to put our time and resources? A recent piece in Stanford Social Innovation Review, “The Relational Work of Systems Change,” suggests an answer: it’s the connections between people and institutions that are capable of changing systems, not the parts in isolation. As a network that connects women changemakers, we strive to embody this lesson. Read our annual report and learn about the projects we supported in 2021.
Rachel’s Network announced the awardees and finalists of its third annual Catalyst Award. The award honors women leaders of color for their commitment to a healthy planet, and provides them with a cash prize, networking opportunities, and recognition for their work. Now in its third year, the Catalyst Award has supported over 75 women.
Several Rachel’s Network members are passionate about marine conservation and oceans funding. We asked three of them—Martha Davis, Laura Francis, and Lisa Holmes—how they got into this issue and what they’re funding.
EARTHDAY.ORG president and environmental advocate Kathleen Rogers has joined the nonprofit funders’ network Rachel’s Network as a liaison. Under Kathleen’s leadership, EARTHDAY.ORG has grown into a global policy and activist organization with an international staff engaging the public on issues like climate change, conservation, pollution, and more.
Our founders chose Rachel as our namesake 20 years ago because they knew women and women’s environmental leadership continued to be obscured and diminished. Those founders gave us a mission: to promote women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth. We take that mission seriously. Read our 2020 Annual Report here.
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.
Queen conch are a culturally, biologically, and economically significant species in the Caribbean that has faced serious declines in recent years. Community Conch and its fiscal sponsor Rachel’s Network celebrated the announcement that the Bahamas plans to phase out export of queen conch by 2022.
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 has joined other philanthropic donors in urging Congress to support an Emergency Charity Stimulus that would release $200 billion to frontline nonprofits and community organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.