When The Black Church-The Green Movement started two years ago, the plan was to train 75 other pastors about climate change and environmental justice. But the effort was so successful that the five founders trained 350 fellow pastors. They did it with the help of $200,000 from progressive funders like the Pisces Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation via a national grant-making initiative called Mosaic.
Now into its third year of operation, Mosaic aims to give environmental organizations the tools and resources they need. There are more than 15,000 such organizations in the country, says Katie Robinson, Mosaic’s project director, but “not all movements necessarily win. The movements that do typically have an infrastructure, shared connection, shared tools.” Part of Mosaic’s mission is to build a more pluralistic movement by including those who have been left out in the past.