Report Underscores Need for Environmental Organizations, Funders to Better Resource Frontline Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research from Yale University’s Dr. Dorceta Taylor underscores the need for large conservation organizations and their funders to directly resource community-level environmental justice organizations. 

"For too long, frontline and fenceline communities have been unable to access the philanthropic resources necessary to create real change in communities. Dr. Taylor’s leading-edge research highlights the need for both large environmental organizations and foundations alike to make sure resources directly reach environmental justice organizations and communities, especially in underserved regions," said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. "To equitably and authentically address historic and enduring environmental injustices, larger conservation organizations must use their privilege to support frontline organizations by opening philanthropic doors and advocating for more direct funding opportunities like Mosaic. As Maya Angelou said, 'When you know better, do better.'"

"Dr. Taylor’s research rightly highlights how the capacity of large environmental organizations is creating a feedback loop of who receives funding," said Adrienne Hollis, vice president of environmental justice, public health, and community revitalization at the National Wildlife Federation. "Big green organizations and funders alike need to help resource not only the work of environmental organizations, but also their capacity to write and submit funding proposals. Anything less will only perpetuate the problem of funding disparities."




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