Chronicle of Philanthropy: Climate Funders Justice Pledge Brings In More Than $120 Million
Chronicle of Philanthropy – April 26, 2023
By Jim Rendon
Grant makers have pledged or given more than $120 million to climate-justice groups through the Climate Funders Justice Pledge. The Donors of Color Network, which developed the pledge, also announced Wednesday that 33 grant makers have taken the pledge, which calls on signatories to give 30 percent of their climate grant dollars to groups led by people of color and to publicly disclose what share of their climate funding goes to those groups. Nine of the 33 grant makers have signed on only for the transparency portion of the pledge. The funds those grant makers have identified as going to climate-justice groups are also included in the pledge total as are new grants made and pledges to reach the 30 percent threshold by the rest of the signatories.
Small environmental groups led by people of color that serve those communities have historically received only about 1.3 percent of the money given to combat climate change, says Abdul Dosunmu, the pledge campaign manager at the Donors of Color Network. He is proud that this pledge has pushed grant makers to give more. But he says there is much more to do.