For additional funder resources and dedicated learning opportunities on Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and Just Transition, check out the REO Collaborative’s calendar as well as the below offerings from these movement-accountable organizations:
Courses for Foundations
The Grassroots International Donor Engagement Group is an intensive, 5-month long practicum in Global Solidarity Philanthropy for donors interested in deepening their support for and solidarity with grassroots social movements in the Global South. Each DEG has a specific focus related to one of Grassroots International’s areas of work. This could be a geographic focus, or an issue-specific focus, such as grassroots feminisms, food sovereignty, or healing justice.
Rooted in Global South, Indigenous and radical Black feminist traditions, Thousand Currents Academy is a week-long learning space for funders to engage with some of the most pressing issues and questions, as we all consider how to best support climate solutions. Goals of the Academy are: Ground in history, agency, body, and vision; Connect philanthropists and impact investors to grassroots wisdom; Align practices with learning and transformation; Uplift grassroots solutions tackling the root causes of the climate crisis.In addition, Thousand Currents also organizes Giving Circles, a 6-8 month political education journey, with young wealth inheritors and high net worth individuals in order to increase funding to climate justice solutions in the Global South in a well-informed, embodied, relational, and transformational way.
The eight-month long Harmony Initiative equips grantmakers with the community, skills, and resources to transform philanthropy into a force for equity and social justice. Inherent to this is building the capacity of grantmakers as funder organizers to advance a Just Transition for the field by reducing extractive practices and increasing regenerative practices. Over the course, participants examine transformation on the personal, organizational and collective levels. Please check out the Justice Funders’ e-news in February 2023 for an update on recruitment for the next cohort.
Maestra is an executive-level program for Vice Presidents, Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, and trustees of philanthropic institutions to guide their organizations through a Just Transition in a peer learning environment. Maestra participants will explore how to unify their board, staff, investments and grantmaking in order to envision and practice a new approach to philanthropy that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities. Justice Funders is currently in a redesign of the program, with a relaunch of the program anticipated for 2023.
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Philanthropy Forward is a CEO fellowship community for visionary leaders who center racial and gender justice and community power building to disrupt and transform the future of philanthropy. This collaborative program is designed and delivered by Neighborhood Funders Group and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions in collaboration with design consultants and facilitators.
Membership Networks for Donors
Donors of Color Network is building a community that is changing the face of philanthropy with members who become donor organizers, moving their peers, friends, and networks to center the priorities of communities of color and to think with a systems frame. With top philanthropies giving a tiny fraction – just 1.3% – of their U.S. climate dollars to the Black, indigenous, and people of color-led environmental justice groups who are doing the most to fight climate change, the Donors of Color Network call on the top 40 climate funders in the country to take the Climate Funders Justice Pledge. Check out their short video about the Climate Funders Justice Pledge: