Fossil fuel expansion projects often succeed or fail based on the strength of support or opposition from local communities, landowners and Tribal Nations. BIPOC-led frontline resistance to oil and gas infrastructure makes it impossible to ignore the racial disparities in the siting and permitting of these projects. From Keystone XL to Standing Rock, these communities have proven that they can win David and Goliath battles with little to no financial support. When they are connected to the state and national strategies and movements that can shift hearts, minds, law and policy, the potential is vast, and we know they will have even greater impact with greater resources. We invite you to invest in their power.

We work with philanthropic institutions and donors to enable historically underfunded groups to stand shoulder to shoulder with peers in the national environmental community, and to access the powerful levers of finance, media, law, and policy that can deliver the changes they urgently need. 

We identify our grantee partners through a national network of allies, building trust and carefully evaluating need while ensuring that funds go straight to those most directly impacted, which often requires unconventional investment and funding, like seed money, technical support, and rapid response grants. We aspire to the core tenets of Trust-Based Philanthropy, particularly unrestricted grants that allow organizations to prioritize where to deploy grant dollars, enabling maximum flexibility, innovation, and impact. 

The Equation Campaign has created two regranting mechanisms that reflect our priorities while aligning with our experience and ability to conduct due diligence: the Frontline Environmental Justice Fund and the Climate Legal Defense Fund.  For more information on our intermediaries or to discuss aligned grantmaking, please contact Katie Redford or Annie Plotkin Madrigal.

Their deep understanding of social justice and movement power, combined with their ability to move money fast makes them ideal collaborators for collective impact. In addition to being funders, they are practitioners who have decades of experience lawyering and organizing to challenge climate-depleting industries and institutions steeped in injustice. They are bold and unapologetic about protecting the climate and advancing racial justice. 

Conniel Malek
Executive Director, True Costs Initiative

Equation Campaign Contributors

  • 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • David Rockefeller Fund
  • Rachel’s Network 
  • Various individuals

Partners Making Aligned Grants

  • Aileen Getty Foundation
  • CS Fund
  • David Rockefeller Fund
  • Hive Fund for Gender Justice
  • Overbrook Foundation 
  • Rockefeller Family Fund 
  • Solidaire 
  • True Costs Initiative
  • UMI Fund
  • Wallace Global Fund
  • Zegar Family Foundation
  • 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation