August 30, 2017

For our role in providing rapid response funds to indigenous efforts against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, we are humbled and inspired to be named winners of the 2017 National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Impact Awards.

We share this honor with three other outstanding grantmakers who have ramped up their fight against injustice, inequities and hate in our communities: Foundation for Louisiana, Groundswell Fund, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

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From the earliest rumblings of a resistance forming in North Dakota, Solutions Project stood at the ready to support indigenous leadership working tireless to block the Dakota Access Pipeline.

We leveraged our Fighter Fund to support a gathering in the spring of 2016 for tribal leaders brought together by the Indigenous Environmental Network to plot a stop to the dirty energy infrastructure and support a just transition to a clean, regenerative economy. Shortly after that summit the camp started to grow from its spark as a youth led effort to an important moment in the fight for climate justice for us all.

As the effort grew, so did the need for and interest from other funders to play a role in supporting this fight.

In partnership with funder partners, we convened nearly 70 foundations for a briefing by organizers and tribal leaders in late October. While at the same time our co-founder and Fighter Fund visionary, Mark Ruffalo, visited Standing Rock with Reverend Jesse Jackson and others to bring media spotlight to the effort and deliver solar power to the camp.

These combined efforts not only helped bolster the international coverage of Standing Rock, but did so in a way that centered the voices of indigenous leadership. By acting quickly to move money and providing media attention, Solutions Project helped push the Standing Rock effort to its win with the Obama Administration.

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Our thanks goes out to NCRP for this recognition as well as their commitment to ensure grantmakers and donors contribute to the creation of a fair, just and equitable world. And a special thanks to our dedicated Solutions Project grantmaking team, Tyler Nickerson and Rudi Navarra.