In response to impacts COVID-19 has had on the operations, financial security, and well-being of the women in our extended community, our organization launched the Rachel’s Network Community Resilience Fund in April 2020 to provide small, unrestricted gifts directly to nonprofits and women environmental leaders.

Grants have been given, without hindrance or application, to women who gave their time and expertise to our network’s programs over the years, with priority given to smaller nonprofits likely impacted by this public health crisis. Because we know this virus has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color, we also prioritized gifts to initiatives and organizations led by women of color. In addition to providing grants to 25 women semifinalists, finalists, and awardees of the 2019 Catalyst Award, we also sent grants to the following 27 organizations:

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
NatureBridge – Prince William Forest and
Yosemite Campuses
Kino Border Initiative
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
National Parks Conservation Association
North Carolina Conservation Network
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
Our Children’s Trust
Pauli Murray Center for History & Social Justice
UC Merced Sierra Nevada Research Institute
UC Santa Barbara Foundation
US Climate Action Network
Rutgers University Foundation/CAWP
Southern Environmental Law Center
Sustainable Economies Law Center
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