Nonprofit Quarterly: The Climate Funders Justice Pledge Holds Philanthropy Accountable
Nonprofit Quarterly – Jul 20, 2023
By Calen Otto
Funding BIPOC-led Climate Power is a five-part NPQ series produced in partnership with the Donors of Color Network that explores the progress and impact thus far of the Climate Justice Funders Pledge. The pledge highlights aims to change the fact that philanthropies only give 1.3% —a tiny fraction—of their US climate dollars to BIPOC-led environmental and justice-focused organizations. Some philanthropic organizations have started shifting their funding to support climate justice and building a more effective movement, while others still have work to do. The series explores the progress of the pledge since being launched in 2021, highlights the work of BIPOC-led organizations that have received funding because of the pledge, and features the voices of donors of color on lessons learned. Finally, the series analyses new funder diversity data and does deep dive into accountability and transparency to see why some big philanthropies are remaining silent, or refusing to participate in the pledge.
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