Rachel’s Network announced that it has awarded safe drinking water advocate Maria Herrera with its inaugural Catalyst Award. Maria has devoted her career to addressing drinking water challenges in disadvantaged and rural farmworker communities. As the manager of community engagement and planning at Self-Help Enterprises, she and her team pioneered the Rural Communities Water Managers Leadership Institute, a program that helps communities in the San Joaquin Valley engage with and influence regional water planning and sustainability programs.
Rachel’s Network announced that it has awarded environmental health advocate Heather Toney with its inaugural Catalyst Award. Heather is the national field director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over one million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and climate change. Among her accomplishments, Heather developed a program to engage the African American faith-based community on environmental health, and one to connect mothers with mayors on climate solutions.
Rachel’s Network today announced six recipients of its inaugural Catalyst Award. The award provides women environmental 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. The 2019 winners are: Annel Hernandez, Maria Gallegos Herrera, Tara Houska, Brionté McCorkle, Juliana Pino, and Heather Toney.
Invest for Better was launched in January 2019 to revolutionize the impact investing ecosystem by helping women demystify impact investing, take control of their capital, and mobilize their money for good. Ellen Remmer, senior partner at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), shares how the project works.
Rachel’s Network today announced new funding for the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) to amplify the voices of those at the border and oppose the construction of the US-Mexico border wall.
Acknowledging the urgency of addressing climate change, the Rachel’s Network Finance Committee approved a plan to move the organization’s reserve fund to a 100% fossil free portfolio focused on environmental solutions.
In 2018, our co-funding program granted more than ever before, funding projects addressing pesticide overuse, climate change, sustainable agriculture, and borderlands conservation. This work earned us two awards: the Leadership Award from Philanthropy Women and Environmental Funder of the Year from Inside Philanthropy. Read our 2018 Annual Report to learn more.
Gina Barquilla, environment and natural resources officer for Del Carmen, Philippines, is using unique tools and collaboration to protect 100,000 acres abundant in coral reefs, seagrass beds, and more than 12,000 acres of mangrove forest.
Despite the fact that women of color have higher levels of concern about environmental issues like climate change, they are woefully underrepresented in leadership positions in the environmental community. That’s why, today, we are launching the Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, to provide women leaders of color support and recognition for their commitment to a healthy planet.
Rachel’s Network learned about the challenges facing our National Parks, while taking in the beauty of the Sierras in the autumn, at our 2018 Fall Retreat in Yosemite National Park.