The Environment Program focuses on biodiversity conservation in Latin America and sustainable production and consumption in the United States. In Latin America, its geographic focus includes Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and, in certain circumstances, other areas of Central and South America. Criteria applied to potential projects include: potential impact, level of innovation, the opportunity represented in the funded group, and leadership to accomplish the work proposed. The Environment Program seeks out efforts that support innovative ideas in sustainability, particularly around the production and consumption of materials. Climate change, with a particular focus on energy efficiency, receives distinct but limited support.
The movement building program is the newest initiative of The Overbrook Foundation. While still in its early development, this Foundation program will effectively incorporate a movement lens into all the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts.
The Foundation’s Environment Program will consider supporting organizations working on the following issues:
- Latin American Biodiversity Conservation
- Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Media & Other
- Movement Building
A major focus of the movement building program is its support for Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA for Impact):
BEA for Impact is a grassroots led initiative launched in July 2013, when a multi-sector, majority grassroots group including national and philanthropic sectors came together at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread around a shared future vision for a more inclusive, connective, winning environmental movement. The initial BEA for Impact group co-wrote a vision statement with input from all sectors, and agreed that in order to reach the level of impact needed to address the overlapping environmental, social and economic crisis we face, a new way of working together as a cohesive movement is imperative. The BEA group agreed to base all future collaborative work on Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, and also to root their work in the simple formula that impact is driven by grassroots capacity to expand and contribute to their base-building power in a meaningful way (equity) and the various parts of the movement must be working with a common strategy and purpose (alignment). With ultimate goals of shifting resources to more equitably support the grassroots organizing sector to facilitate and support authentic partnerships among sectors, and to support philanthropic culture toward valuing more grassroots, movement oriented work, BEA for Impact is going strong with actionable plans for multi-sector alignment meetings, research projects, storytelling and more. Please contact Samantha Harvey for more information or to get involved.
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