Whether members are pressing for policy changes on Capitol Hill, starting and funding sustainable businesses and nonprofits, or producing documentaries on timely environmental issues, our solutions have lasting effects. We are savvy funders and champions of environmental causes who are committed to being a positive force for change. To learn more about our work, please read our past Annual Reports. Below is a list of some of our accomplishments.
Empowering Women Leaders
- Created a Fellowship to Support Women Innovators: Our partnership with Ashoka provides a three-year stipend to a visionary woman, and helps build a pipeline of women leaders and environmental entrepreneurs.
- Funded Research on the GOP Gender Gap: The vast majority of women in Congress are Democrats; they outnumber Republican congresswomen three to one. Rachel’s Network partnered with Political Parity to identify the challenges Republican women face when running in primary elections.
- Recruited Women for Public Office: Our collaboration with The 2012 Project helped recruit women from fields largely underrepresented within policymaking bodies – including health, science and technology, energy, and the environment. Efforts like The 2012 Project contributed to a record-setting year for women’s participation in races for the US House and Senate.
- Amplified Women’s Voices on Boards: Our Board Placement Program has placed over 40 members on the governing bodies of influential local, regional, national, and international organizations, including Center for a New American Dream, Defenders of Wildlife, GeoInvestors, NatureServe, Population Connection, Sierra Club Foundation, and Women’s Campaign Fund, among others.
- Enabled Members to Launch New Ventures: Our Fiscal Sponsorship Fund has propelled worthy projects into the national and international spotlights, including Divest-Invest Philanthropy, ClientEarth, Community Conch, and CIAMO, the International Center for Art and Music at Ouidah.
Advancing Environmental Solutions
- Fought Antibiotic Overuse on Farms: Supported by a grant from Rachel’s Network members, As You Sow is pressing corporations like Burger King, Hormel Foods, and Wendy’s to adopt responsible antibiotic-use policies through shareholder resolutions and investor education and mobilization.
- Produced an Investigative Report on Toxic Chemicals: In collaboration with Earth Focus, we produced an investigative report, UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals to advance the conversation about toxic chemicals in America. The program reached thousands of viewers on television and online.
- Built the Case for Toxics Reform: In 2005, 18 Rachel’s Network members and their families participated in a test conducted by the Environmental Working Group, which revealed an astonishing accumulation of toxic chemicals in their bodies. This investigation helped build the evidentiary record of the need for improved chemical regulation.
- Elevated “Creation Care”: With Rachel’s Network support, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) produced “Loving the Least of These,” a report which linked climate change to poverty in the developing world. This message of stewardship reached grass-tops leaders in universities, international aid groups, and churches, mobilizing non-traditional allies for the earth.
“Rachel’s Network members are serious about their commitments to helping environmental causes; interested in the world around them; aware of the power and influence of women; and active in making the world a better place.”
– Abigail Rome, Maryland