December 18, 2019

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We’ve Met Our 100% Commitment to Justice!

The Solutions Project Philanthropic Trustees

Happy holidays to you and yours! We kicked off 2019 by announcing our 100% Commitment to Justice, and to that end, The Solutions Project allocated over 90% of our dollars to people of color led work and nearly 80% to women led work.

We supported a wide range of frontline partners across the country with grants, celebrity influence, and communications support. We are proud to fund innovative projects on Indigenous lands, Puerto Rico, and in both rural and urban areas alike from New York to South Carolina to South Dakota.

Our frontline partners have rebuilt communities devastated by hurricanes, developed community solar projects in cities and rural Native territories, and stopped oil drilling and alleviated the suffering of those families most affected by extraction.

We appreciate your support of The Solutions Project, invite you to make a direct investment in our frontline partners, and hope you will make a tax-deductible donation to grow our impact, today.

With Gratitude,

Rudi Navarra l Director of Investments


Announcing our 2019 Fighter Fund grantees 

As part of our 100% Commitment to Justice, we are awarding $622,000 in Fighter Fund grants to dozens of grassroots organizations and coalitions led by women and people of color. The Fighter Fund grant program supports groups that are advancing climate solutions and a just transition to 100% clean energy. This year’s set of grantees were also chosen in part for their commitment to feminine leadership, which prioritizes collaboration and bottom-up decision-making.


Building a Fighter League in the Gulf South 

Six women of color who are leading the climate movement in the Gulf South are receiving funding and leadership development opportunities through our Fighter League pilot program, which we launched in partnership with the Movement Strategy Center this summer. Their compelling stories earned coverage in the Public News Service, The Houma (LA) Courier, The Houma (LA) Times, the Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald, La Costa Latina (FL), and the Pensacola (FL) Independent Weekly.


Photo Credit: Sierra Club

Our grantees make headlines across the country

From NowThis covering our ONE100 LA Award Winners to The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) publishing an op-ed by Rev. Leo Woodberry on the first-ever presidential candidates’ forum on environmental justice, our grantees are making headlines across the country. Visit our Grantees in the News page regularly to stay up to date.


Photo Credit: Northeastern University

Shalanda Baker, Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs is appointed to Board Chair

We are thrilled that Shalanda Baker has stepped forward as board chair. Professor Baker joined the Northeastern faculty in 2017 and recently launched its Initiative for Energy Justice. She works closely with colleagues in Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, linking it to the School of Law’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity. She teaches courses at the law school and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities related to her research interests in environmental law and energy law.

Professor Baker will help guide The Solutions Project along with Jee Kim, Vice-Chair, George Goehl, Secretary; and Brandon Hurlbut, Treasurer. We are also pleased to announce that Sharon Alpert, president and CEO of The Nathan Cummings Foundation, has joined our board. A seasoned philanthropic leader, Sharon has more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of inequality and environmental issues. You can see all our board members here.