The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), an organization that awards outstanding acts of charity, announced that Solutions Project would receive the “Get Up, Stand Up” Award for rapid response funding to the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) activist movement.
In April of 2016, Solutions Project was able to support the activist work of the Indigenous Environmental Network when one of the organization’s members, stand-up comedian Dallas Goldtooth, called for help convening Native leaders and Environmental Justice organizers to prepare for pipeline fights. The gathering brought leaders from Indigenous communities and environmental advocates together to strategize ways to end pipeline construction and develop a plan to divest from fossil fuel energy.
On September 18th, Solutions Project received the award at the NCRP Impact Award Ceremony with other philanthropic organizations. In a video aired during the the ceremony, Mark Ruffalo said, “As I was moving throughout the world trying to help these communities and give them a voice using my celebrity platform, I started to realize they were missing a lot of other support — support in content, support in leadership and support in funding.”
Adapted from the original article in VICE Impact