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 2019 grantees through its Movement Building portfolio9
General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a unique national alliance of 56 organizations that works at the forefront of the climate crisis. CJA’s mission is to build local resilience, remedy climate change’s root causes, and lead a Just Transition out of the extractive energy economy. Across all its work, CJA helps develop and promote the leadership of people of color, women, and gender non-conforming people of those communities most affected by climate, environmental racism/injustice, and related intersectional issues.
Campaign for Healthier Solutions - $60,000 (second payment in a two-year grant)
Coming Clean is a national campaigning collaborative that promotes human health, environmental protection, and economic fairness. Comprised of 200 groups around the country, the organization uses a hybrid strategy of grassroots organizing combined with market campaigns, research and communications to push for a variety of reforms in the chemical and energy industries.
Coming Clean’s Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS) is a market pressure campaign that connects concerns about chemical exposure and health to people’s own purchasing habits, and presents hooks for public health and environmental justice activists to educate the public on the negative impacts of toxics. CHS focuses on “dollar stores” that serve customers and workers in the poorest communities in the country, and acts to ensure there is not a permanently lower bar of quality and safety for products supplied.
2019 Environmental Fellows Program - $21,000
The Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) is a membership association of foundations and giving programs based across the United States and overseas supporting efforts to achieve a sustainable world. In partnership with the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, EGA launched the Environmental Fellows Program, which seeks to diversify the environmental and conservation philanthropic sector by supporting the career aspirations of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
General Operating Support - $30,000
The Just Transition Alliance (JTA) seeks to bring the principles of a Just Transition to the forefront of the environmental justice and climate justice movements. Based in San Diego, California, JTA focuses on community education, awareness and action to lift and amplify the voices and concerns of frontline communities while furthering the concept of a Just Transition. JTA’s main objective is to shift toward a sustainable economy that does not compromise people and the environment: an economy that is driven by those at the frontline of unsustainable production.
The Midwest Environmental Justice Network
General Operating Support - $20,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)
The Midwest Environmental Justice Network is a network of environmental justice organizations committed to developing and implementing sustainable institutions, environmental policies, and cultural practices that will support a just political and economic system in the Midwest. MWEJN seeks to build the capacity and cohesion of the Midwest region’s under-invested organizations to create a powerful and diverse network that can implement systematic environmental, political, and economic changes.
General Operating Support - $45,000
The Wildfire Project is a movement-building organization that trains, supports, and links grassroots groups in order to the lay the foundation for political, economic, and ecological justice. Wildfire seeks to strengthen movements and the groups that work within them. The organization uses deep facilitation techniques that blend skill-building with political education to help organizations work effectively with their community bases and across movements.
General Operating Support - $35,000
Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized community organization, UPROSE promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood through community organizing, education, indigenous and youth leadership development, and cultural/artistic expression. Central to its work is advocacy to ensure meaningful community engagement, participatory community planning practices, and sustainable development with justice and governmental accountability. As lead advocates of climate justice, UPROSE views the just urban policy—ranging from transportation to open space—as the heart of climate adaptation and community resilience.