2022 Impact Report

Climate Justice Delivers

Solutions that center community and justice bring wide-scale and impactful results.

Letter From the CEO

It's time to double down on our support for the grassroots

Foreword from Gloria Walton,
President + CEO of The Solutions Project.

signature of Gloria Walton

Bridgid Coulter Cheadle, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and Gloria Walton at Black Climate Week 2023

The Solutions Project was founded with a deep understanding that the climate crisis is the most critical issue of our time. Solving it calls for more than urgency; it demands for an approach that is deeply rooted in equity and justice.

We know that the climate crisis disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islanders, and other communities of color, especially women. These same communities at the frontlines of the climate crisis possess the ideas, creativity, and solutions to address it.

Encouragingly, there are promising indicators of momentum. Despite a decline in charitable giving across the United States in 2022, climate philanthropy experienced growth in recent years. The Solutions Project grew too, recognizing that the climate crisis is not only a ‘threat multiplier’ but a 'creativity and solutions multiplier' as well.

Last year, we directed more resources to community-led solutions than ever before: allocating over $10M in grants to more than 127 grantee partners. Nearly 90% of these partners are led by Black and Indigenous people and communities of color, primarily located in the South and Coastal States. These investments supported our grantee partners in achieving unprecedented wins: halting the construction of billions of dollars worth of oil pipelines and the expansion of polluting industries, securing the protection of 600 million acres of federal land, and implementing climate solutions such as electric transportation and solar-powered affordable housing. These wins contributed to an estimated reduction of tens of millions in metric tons of CO2 emissions.

We also ramped up our work to support the national climate justice movement. In response to the needs of our grantee partners, we co-created three ecosystems funds, including Communicating Our Power. This initiative supported 20 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led grassroots organizations across 16 states in building their strategic communications capacity and narrative power; these organizations saw an astounding 67% increase in press coverage in the first year. Our focus on culture change expanded as well. We brought climate justice to the world’s largest tech summit and earned recognition from major news institutions such as Bloomberg and TIME, and won multiple awards, including two Anthem Awards and a Telly Award. Simultaneously, we deepened our commitment to supporting grantee partners' efforts in planning for and mitigating climate-induced disasters. As a result, we were awarded the title of Honorable Community Partner of the year by Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, which reflects our dedication to listening, building trust, and being in solidarity with the grassroots communities.

While we celebrate this momentum, there is so much more still to do. While the growth in climate philanthropy is cause for optimism, it still only accounts for 1 to 1.5% of total philanthropic giving, with less than 4% of it directed towards climate justice organizations, particularly those led by people of color and women.

Now, more than ever, is the time for all of us to double down our support for the grassroots. As this report unequivocally demonstrates, climate justice solutions deliver! And our grantee partners are leading the way in showing what is possible when they are resourced. The Solutions Project will continue to lead the way in being in deep relationship with the grassroots and building the foundation for Solidarity Philanthropy. And you best believe we will collaborate with and demand more from philanthropy and governments to ensure their sustainability and equity commitments align with the investments required in frontline communities to achieve lasting, transformational change.

Together, we can and must do more. Join us in fueling the creative solutions necessary to combat climate change and create a more equitable and regenerative world.

In solidarity,

signature of Gloria Walton Gloria Walton,
President + CEO


How The Solutions Project and Our Partners Get Results


Our grantees implemented climate justice solutions at unprecedented scale


Nationwide, Frontline Organizations Delivered Big Impact


Acres of Land Stewarded


Public Grants Won


People Protected from Pollution


Federal Funds for Equity


Higher Voter Turnout

Grantee Partners Scaled Up

Grantees Scored Legislative Wins

Black Voters Matter Education Fund, Dream Defenders, and Native Organizers Alliance


Civic engagement programs connect voters to issues like climate justice.


  • Turn-out among these voter demographics is widely credited with key climate victories around the country – from Arizona to Pennsylvania and many states in between
  • Helped maintain a balance of power in Congress to successfully implement existing policy

UPROSE, PUSH Buffalo, NY Renews, The Point, NYC-EJA


After over two years in the making, the NYS Climate Action Council announced the completion and implementation of the Final Scoping Plan, which means no new gas stoves, no new gas furnaces, and no new gas water heaters.


  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and co-pollutants in most impacted communities, leading to cleaner air and better health
  • Increases the use of renewable energy and storage

Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Indigenous Environmental Network


Indigenous Environmental Network and Louisiana Bucket Brigade each led campaigns that stopped a side deal by Senator Joe Manchin to increase oil and gas production in Alaska, the Gulf Coast, Virginia, and West Virginia. However, the work to protect these areas continues.


  • Stopped the production of gas where annual greenhouse gas emissions were equivalent to 35 coal-fired power plants.
  • Halted further water contamination in vulnerable communities.

Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Communities for a Better Environment


Senate Bill 1137 bans new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, and hospitals and any other places people could be harmed by drilling operations. However the oil industry is trying to overturn the bill in a referendum.


  • Protection for 2.7 million Californians, 70% are Black and Brown people
  • Strengthened protections for people who live, work, and play near existing extraction sites

Native Organizers Alliance


Native Organizers Alliance’s campaign secured Indigenous authority in the oversight of 620 million acres of public land, which will restore and protect natural ecosystems, and recognize years of injustice.


  • Indigenous communities can better cope with climate change, navigate limited water resources, and build sustainable food production.
  • Opportunity to reduce the deforestation rate



L.A. City Council voted unanimously to adopt the final ordinance to prohibit new oil and gas drilling and phase out all existing drilling throughout the entire city. This monumental victory was 10 years in the making and many council members credit STAND LA for the ordinance.


  • Protects more than 500,000 residents who live close to active oil wells


We strengthened and expanded funding to the field

We strengthened and expanded funding to the field
Photo credit: The Years Project

Our 2022 Grantmaking Stats


Grantees Funded


Grants Given


Disaster Resilience


Multiyear Funding

Grantee Leadership

Where Grants Went

Ecosystem Funds

Independent and Collaborative Funds Administered by The Solutions Project

Communicating Our Power

A two-year narrative communications fellowship program created in partnership with Climate Justice Alliance and Center for Story-based Strategy.

Justice40 Accelerator

A year-long cohort program led in partnership with Elevate and Partnership for Southern Equity to support grassroots groups pursuing public funding for the first time.

Fund For Frontline Power

A new frontline-governed fund for grassroots climate justice solutions supported in partnership with Climate Justice Alliance.

Frontline leaders asked The Solutions Project to help co-develop three innovative funds in 2021. These independent Ecosystem Funds distributed an additional $5M in grassroots grants in 2022, which we administered. The Justice40 Accelerator, Fund for Frontline Power, and Communicating Our Power each offer innovation support for the climate justice movement in respective areas of public funding, grassroots governance, and narrative communications.

Intermediary Funding Moves More Than Just Money

We increased the flow of dollars to grassroots organizations by removing barriers and responding to a wider array of grantee needs.

Provided climate resilience and disaster response resources

We provided over $2.35 million in proactive grants for community resilience in the face of climate disaster. We also offered solar and water kits, and media rapid response support after disasters occurred.

Provided organizational health grants and wellness programs

Our “Summer of Wellness” program offered connections with artists and healers, enabling grantee staff and leadership to prioritize their health. More than 100 grantees participated. Additionally, we offered leadership and staff wellness grants upon request.

The Solutions Project serves as a movement accountable intermediary, bridging the gap between big donors and the frontlines while maintaining accountability to grassroots groups and alliances.

Beyond facilitating funding, we address grantees’ needs, support innovation, and develop shared initiatives that build capacity to support social movements. With a commitment to building trust within communities and cultural sensitivity, we are able to respond and move a wide range of capital quickly. Movement accountable intermediaries can address the challenge of major funders wanting to contribute to social change outside their expertise or life experience.


We shifted media narratives on climate solutions and philanthropy

We strengthened and expanded funding to the field
Photo credit: The Years Project

Building Influence Online and in the Media

We spotlight climate justice solutions through digital communications and earned media.


Press Hits


Media Views for Our Grantees + the Climate Justice Movement


Increase in Press Hits + Social Media Mentions of our Grantees


Most viewed Video on the Internet: Earth Day

Celebrity and Influencer Amplification

Media, culture, and storytelling are tools that transform what we imagine is possible for our communities and our planet. Our celebrity partners support us in showcasing stories of success from The Solutions Project and our grantee partners.


Actress Regina Hall and Sarah Shanley Hope, The Solutions Project's Managing Director, Narrative Strategies bring community-led solutions to RE:WIRED Green

What is a Just Transition?

Created in partnership with Canary Media and UPROSE, Mark Ruffalo provided the voiceover for a video explaining what a Just Transition means.

EMA Awards

CEO Gloria Walton attends EMA Awards with Ronen Rubinstein, supporter of The Solutions Project

Shawn Mendes Foundation

Shawn Mendes Foundation shined light on our grantee partners, Institute for Climate & Peace and Taproot Earth for their work at COP27

Tracking Solutions Narrative Trends

Through independent, commissioned research we monitor how the media covers climate solutions across energy, land-use, and water — paying specific attention to gender, equity, and communities of color. The latest report showcases how efforts to shift coverage to be more diverse, solutions-oriented, and justice-focused are on track.

Gloria Walton

We are in a pivotal moment where digital media is taking activism to a new level, newsrooms are building climate teams, and audiences are demanding climate stories in films and entertainment.

Not just any stories - stories that are focused on solutions to the climate crisis, narratives that give us hope and allow us to reimagine a world that’s more equitable and sustainable."

- Gloria Walton

Increase in renewable energy articles that quoted women.

Articles that mentioned communities of color were more likely to focus on solutions.

Articles that mention issues of equity and justice:

Going all in on climate justice solutions

Our results show that it's time for philanthropy to go all in on climate justice.

The Inflation Reduction Act, after decades of community organizing for large-scale public investments in green infrastructure, passed in 2022. The federal government is injecting new funding and momentum into a green transition. With our Justice40 Accelerator partners, we work to ensure that the 40% of federal climate and clean energy investments promised by the White House will benefit frontline communities. Because frontline communities know best what their communities need.

2022 made something clear: with the climate crisis causing widespread damages, the work of community-based organizations is crucial. If given resources and respect, they can make great strides to protect people today and ensure a better future. It can feel overwhelming. But remember, we have solutions.

Now is the time to invest in what’s already working in communities solving the crisis with a commitment to justice, healing, and regeneration.

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