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 three-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.
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 - $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.