The Equation Campaign raises money and makes grants to support strategies and initiatives that disrupt the influence of the oil and gas industry and build the power of movements and people on the frontlines. We prioritize historically underfunded organizations – especially those led by Black, Indigenous and POC leaders – using the very levers that have given the industry its unprecedented power: finance, media, law, and politics. Through our grantmaking, we aim to undermine the power of the oil and gas industry and replace it with the power of people demanding and modeling a more just and sustainable way of living with nature and each other.
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Hip Hop Caucus
A leader in the climate and racial justice fights, Hip Hop Caucus seeks to use advocacy and public and stakeholder pressure to drive divest-invest strategies wherein climate finance and racial equity finance are one goal.
ACRE is a campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and corporate accountability, supporting grassroots environmental justice groups with the analysis, research, and national structure they need to fuel their fight.
A coalition of over 130 organizations, STMP is holding the financial backers of climate chaos accountable. Through direct action, consciousness raising, and advocacy, they’re targeting the likes of Chase and Liberty Mutual to stop dangerous fossil fuel projects we can’t afford.
Mazaska Talks (“Money Talks” in Lakota) has the mission to leverage economic power to fight repression of indigenous rights and the desecration of Mother Earth. The indigenous-led umbrella organization grew out of the Standing Rock movement and other fossil fuel campaigns, and serves as a hub for divestment movements from around the country.
The Giniw Collective is an indigenous, women-led frontline resistance group founded by Tara Houska. They’re working to fight Line 3 in the Tar Sands while preserving their traditional culture and training the next generation to protect their land and practices.
Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) is an interstate coalition representing individuals and groups from counties in Virginia and West Virginia dedicated to protecting the water, local ecology, heritage, land rights, human rights of individuals, communities and regions from harms caused by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. They’re working to stop the disastrous Mountain Valley Pipeline and working with affected communities along the route to make their voices heard.
CORA comprises the five tribes with legal rights under the 1836 treaty including the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The are a nonprofit organization with representation from the five tribes, with a governing board that oversees the monitoring, maintaining and enforcement of their treaty rights in the great lakes, including where Line 5 passes.
Floodlight is a nonprofit environmental news collaborative that partners with local journalists and the Guardian to co-publish investigations about the corporate and ideological interests holding back climate action.
Guardian.org, is an independent nonprofit with the mission to advance and inform public discourse and citizen participation around the most pressing issues of our time through the support of independent journalism and journalistic projects at the Guardian.
The Labor Network for Sustainability is playing a critical role in building the strong, broad movement that is needed to advance strategies for a transition from a world with an economy, society, and climate in crisis to one that has a sustainable future. LNS is dedicated to helping labor realize its self-interest in becoming a central player in the movement to address climate change, economic instability and political deadlock, and to build a sustainable future for the planet and its people.
Native Roots Radio is one part of a larger network of Indigenous communicators, artists and organizers that fights for a new form of democracy that upholds Treaty responsibilities and acts in deep partnership with people on the margins of our society.
Drilled, a podcast from Critical Frequency, investigates fossil fuel propaganda and traces its impact down to the frontlines. The next season will focus on the history of the shale bubble and its impact on the country, tracing the growth of the industry through shady financing and lobbying efforts, the popping of the bubble, and its painful aftermaths.
The Greenpeace Book Club is a communications strategy to engage and mobilize new climate activists, particularly women, through Jane Fonda’s book “What Can I Do: My Path from Climate Despair to Action”.
Fossil Free Media is a nonprofit media lab that supports the movement to end fossil fuels
and solve the climate emergency. They do this by providing direct communications support for
organizations and coalitions, developing movement resources, and running
hard-hitting campaigns that expose industry propaganda and shift public opinion.
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy works in the courts, at the legislature, and with public agencies to enact, strengthen, and enforce smart environmental law. Equation Campaign’s grant supports their legal advocacy with frontline groups opposing Line 3.
Texas lawyers for Texas communities, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) serves the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. They use legal advocacy and litigation to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly the state’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy.
Friends of the Headwaters is a local citizen’s group organized for the purpose of protecting the land and water that would be damaged by Line 3: Itasca State Park, the Mississippi River, clean lakes and trout streams, the aquifer for drinking water, forests, and wildlife.
Built out of the No DAPL protests, Water Protector Legal Collective provides legal support, advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and climate justice movements.
The Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights at Howard Law School works to help build a world where civil rights, human rights, freedom, and equal justice under law flourishes for all people who have historically suffered oppression or subordination on the grounds of difference.
The Just Transition Movement Law Initiative is a new initiative being led by the NAACP Environmental Justice Program and a national network of community-based lawyers to connect and develop leadership among community-based lawyers working in environmental justice and collectively build toward a legal framework for a just transition.
The movements for racial, environmental and social justice are making the change society urgently needs and that our lives depend on, and the right to protest is under threat. The Center for Protest Law protects democracy by protecting protest and enforcing constitutional rights, in the courts and in the streets.
Bay Mills people are Ojibwa or Chippewa who have lived for hundreds of years around the Whitefish Bay, the falls of the St. Mary River and the bluffs overlooking Tahquamenon Bay, all on Lake Superior, most of which still encompass their present day homeland. They have been actively advocating against Enbridge and Line 5 since the notorious Line 6B spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, resulting in one of the largest inland oil spills in US history. The Bay Mills Indian Community is located twenty five miles west of Sault Ste. Marie in Brimley, Michigan, within the boundaries of Chippewa County.
The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Mother earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws. IEN has been a leading organization and alliance first against DAPL and then more broadly as they have been recognized for their expertise and unique voice in the fight against the expansion of fossil fuels.
West Virginia Rivers is a statewide voice for clean, drinkable, swimmable, fishable rivers and streams. WIth this focus, they have been a leading voice to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which not only threatens crucial headwaters and streams, but has already polluted them during its construction and development.
Oil & Water Don’t Mix is a coalition of organizations and citizens across Michigan are working to keep oil out of the Great Lakes and spur a transition to a clean energy economy. Focusing on concerns about water quality, Indigenous rights, climate change, pollution, sustainable economies, protecting sporting, commerce, tourism, and jobs, Oil & Water Don’t Mix have been fighting back against the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan.
Seven Directions of Service is an indigenous-led organization leading the fight to protect land, water, and community against the MVP Southgate Extension in North Carolina. Through community education, outreach, and organizing, they have successfully raised awareness and resistance to this dangerous project.
The Society of Native Nations is an organization founded by Native people in Texas with members in many states that are dedicated to advocating for indigenous people and the earth by helping to protect and preserve native culture, spirituality, teachings, medicine, and way of life, including passionate protection of land and people. Equation Campaign’s grant supports their (zero waste) emergency response to tribal communities in the wake of covid and the winter freeze, and investment in their “Pipelines to Plastics” campaign which organizes resistance to fossil fuel projects.
Resilience Force invests in the dignity and power of the frontline workers who help communities adapt and thrive to climate disasters to build back better by building back fossil free. The national initiative organizes workers from poor and marginalized communities in oil and gas producing regions to demand fair wages and working conditions for this growing sector of the economy.
MNIPL works to build the interfaith climate movement in Minnesota by empowering faith communities across the state to take action that is authentic, effective, and energizing in their context, and playing a supportive coordinating role in the frontline fight against Line 3.
Unkítawa is an indigenous-led group of dedicated, results-oriented people who have come together to support the efforts that protect and heal the Earth for the benefit of all and provide core organizing and spiritual support to indigenous activists.
Currently fighting the Line 3 pipeline, Honor the Earth uses indigenous wisdom, music, art, and the media to raise awareness and support for Indigenous Environmental Issues, then leverage this awareness and support to develop financial and political capital for Indigenous struggles for land and life.