Place-Based Environmental Grants
Rachel’s Network hosts at least two events each year, usually in the US, to educate our members on local environmental issues and organizations. To express our appreciation for these groups, we typically select two or three organizations to grant funds to after the event. Some of the organizations we’ve donated to recently include:
Tompkins Conservation (Chile)
NatureBridge and Yosemite Conservancy (California)
South Florida National Parks Trust, National Parks Conservation Association, and Catalyst Miami (Florida)
Kino Border Initiative (Arizona/Mexico)
Southern Plains Land Trust, Trout Unlimited, National Audubon Society, and American Rivers (Colorado)
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.
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.
Rachel’s Network members met in Washington, DC in March for our annual meeting to take clear-eyed look the current political environment, reflect on what works in our philanthropy, and think long-term about the sustainable world we want to bring about.