The Movement Building program area was created in 2014 in an effort to understand and support movements – rather than specific organizations or issues – to make them stronger, more resilient, and more impactful. This area supports organizations that build networks and alliances, recognize the interdependence of their work with that of other organizations, and seek to advance the mission of the broader progressive movement, beyond individual issue areas. While formally a part of the Foundation’s Environment Program, the Movement Building portfolio ties together the Environment and Human Rights Programs, emphasizing organizations that work in the intersections of both movements.
Below are the Foundation’s 2017 grantees through its Movement Building portfolio.
General Operating Support - $50,000
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a national alliance of community-based organizations confronting the environmental, economic and social impacts of polluting, extractive industries. In 2013, CJA launched the Our Power Campaign (OPC) to unite these communities around a common vision – to transform the economy in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore equity, and put decision-making in the hands of communities. CJA uses core strategies of building new economic institutions, changing policy and economic development priorities of cities, states – and ultimately the federal government – moving money and capital to these efforts, and building a powerful, broad-based climate justice movement. The OPC promotes a “Just Transition” agenda to create jobs and livelihoods: Clean Community Energy, Local Agriculture, Zero Waste, Public Transportation, Efficient, Affordable, and Durable Housing, Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship. CJA was a core partner in organizing the Peoples’ Climate March (PCM), the largest climate march in history and the largest-ever environmental justice mobilization. CJA organized nearly 20,000 people from communities of color, indigenous and low-income white communities to lead the march under the banner “Frontline of the Crisis, Forefront of Change.” CJA wants to build upon the success and energy of the PCM.
General Operating Support - $45,000
The Wildfire Project (Wildfire) trains, supports, and links grassroots groups in order to lay the foundation for a network that helps grow a broad and powerful movement for social, political, economic, and ecological justice. Using democratic, experiential methods, the Wildfire Project fuses political education, skills training, group development, and direct organizing support in a curriculum tailored to specific needs of groups in action. Wildfire develops leadership in and of front-line groups, maintains long-term contact with the communities with which it works, and creates frameworks for work between groups and across issue lines to form a strong base of organizers ready to stand up to crisis collectively and win the world we all deserve.
General Operating Support - $40,000
The Western New York Environmental Alliance (WNYEA) is a coalition of nearly 100 organizations working to scale a nationally relevant, place-based, collaborative environmental movement that addresses climate change, urban regeneration, and equity. The Alliance works to achieve this by creating new and dynamic structures that expand capacity and allow disparate organizations to come together for the greater good through a shared vision and action agenda, creative communication platforms, technical training and research, resource development, and joint advocacy campaigns. In 2017, its efforts will focus on youth and climate justice.