Inside Philanthropy: Two Years In, Climate Justice Pledge Sees Results on the Ground, But Still Too Many Holdouts
Inside Philanthropy – May 3, 2023
By Michael Kavate
The nonprofit’s evolution offers one example of the impacts of the Climate Funders Justice Pledge, which seeks to increase funding for BIPOC-led climate action, and last week celebrated two years since its launch. GAVA is precisely the kind of grantee with the potential to be a powerful force in the climate fight, but too often overlooked by green funders focused on a certain types of approaches. The group received critical early support from the Kresge Foundation, an early signatory to the pledge.
Since Donors of Color Network launched the campaign in 2021, 33 philanthropic institutions have signed on to its call to commit at least 30% of their climate funding to organizations led by Black, Indigenous and people of color or, at minimum, to transparency about their percentage. Even in that short time, leaders can point to progress on the ground and among individual signatories, tallying up $120 million in funding for such groups.