The Equity Fund is building the power needed to stop climate change and create an equitable clean energy future through a sustained multi-state initiative. 

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The Equity Fund is strategically building power by:

  • Investing in the leadership and organizing of diverse communities
    (people of color, indigenous people, those most impacted by climate change)

  • Winning equitable climate and clean energy campaigns 

  • Accelerating equitable climate solutions and engaging voters


Grantmaking by the Numbers

Equity Fund – Total Gratees
Equity Fund – Grantee Diversity

Movement Tools

Power Building Summit

The Equity Fund held our inaugural Power Building Summit in July 2018 for organizers to learn, share, and network. The Summit strengthened collaboration in and across states and uncovered opportunities to scale up our collective power. Over fifty directors and organizers learned about the latest in climate equity policy campaigns, nonpartisan civic engagement strategies, and more.

The Climate Equity Accelerator 

The Climate Equity Accelerator provides grantees with coaching and technical assistance to advance policies that materially improve the conditions of communities experiencing the causes and effects of climate change. The Accelerator strengthens the skills, capacity, and leadership of community organizations to drive equitable energy policy.


Voter Power 

The Equity Fund’s support has resulted in more than 1 million actions to reach, educate, and mobilize community members, voters, and activists on climate and clean energy equity. Some highlights: 

  • 115,000 mailings were sent to New Mexican voters, based on cutting-edge research on New Mexicans’ attitudes on climate and energy.

  • Partners in Virginia knocked on over 100,000 doors and made over 300,000 phone calls.

  • Minnesota grantees experimented with new voter contact methods, including deep canvass at the door and canvassing public transit riders.


State Impacts

 
 
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In Florida, grantees expanded from Miami and Orlando to Jacksonville and Tampa, combining emergency disaster response with climate justice organizing in the wake of devastating hurricanes, while building campaigns to expand access to renewables. 

 
 
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Our Minnesota grantees formed a powerful, multiracial coalition that is advancing a range of policies to move the state towards 100% renewable energy. 

 
 
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New Mexico grantees are leading their first ever clean energy campaigns in rural New Mexico, reaching thousands of Latinx and Native American voters on climate justice and clean energy. 

 
 
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In Pennsylvania, Equity Fund grantees are uniting urban, suburban and rural Pennsylvanians across class and race to fight extractive industries and advance policies like community solar. 

 
 
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Our Virginia grantees are building a new base of African American climate voters by connecting local issues such as coal dust to impacts like sea level rise and the state’s opportunity to lead on clean energy. 


2019 Goals

The Equity Fund will double our grantmaking budget for the third consecutive year.

The Equity Fund will double our grantmaking budget for the third consecutive year.

The Equity Fund will add two new states, increasing our portfolio to seven states.

The Equity Fund will add two new states, increasing our portfolio to seven states.

The Equity Fund will organize Power Building Summits in each of our states to strengthen grantee alignment and coordination, identify policy opportunities, and develop campaign strategies.

The Equity Fund will organize Power Building Summits in each of our states to strengthen grantee alignment and coordination, identify policy opportunities, and develop campaign strategies.

The Equity Fund will invest more to accelerate campaigns and build nonpartisan civic engagement capacity for 2020.

The Equity Fund will invest more to accelerate campaigns and build nonpartisan civic engagement capacity for 2020.