Grantees

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.

Financial Power

Shifting Risks, Benefits, and the Bottom Line

Laudato Si' Movement

Laudato Si’ Movement is a global movement with hundreds of thousands of christians and collectives of organizations, religious congregations, parish and diocese groups, universities and NGOs engaged in activism to inspire and mobilize the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice. They aim to reframe the narrative on climate change from a left-right, political issue to a moral, ethical and religious imperative. They plan to immediately start raising the call for an end to fossil fuel expansion in the US, focusing on organizing in Texas and New Mexico.

 

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.

 

Action Center on Race and the Economy

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. 

 

Stop the Money Pipeline

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

Mazaska Talks (“Money Talks” in Lakota) is an all-indigenous organization focused on fossil fuel divestment in the Pacific Northwest and reinvestment in the local community. Their leadership and activism have contributed to major wins like the King County Moratorium on fossil fuel expansion, a corporate tax to fund Green New Deal policies in Seattle, and the protection of Licton Springs, the last intact sacred site in the region.

Giniw Collective

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.

Media Power

Rewriting the Narrative

POWHR

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.

Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority

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

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

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.

 

Labor Network for Sustainability

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

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

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.

 

Greenpeace

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

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.

Inequality Media

Inequality Media is focused on shifting public opinion around wealth inequality. This grant supported an explainer video on the need to keep oil and gas in the ground.

Political Power

Building the Movement

Generation Green

Generation Green is a Black youth and women-led organization focused on building an ecosystem that fortifies the leadership of young people in the environmental liberation movement throughout the African Diaspora. They connect a number of environmental and social justice movements for the purpose of creating a regenerative and decolonized future in which Black people are liberated through collective power-building.

Women's Earth Alliance

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) is a women-led organization on a mission to protect our environment, reverse climate change, and ensure a just, thriving world by empowering women’s leadership in the climate justice movement. WEA’s signature Accelerator provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives while connecting them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders.

GreenFaith

GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition working to build a worldwide, multi-faith climate and environmental movement. They are focused on building a strong base of religious progressives and moderates by activating their moral conscience and encouraging them to take action on climate issues on which they might not otherwise engage. They leverage an interfaith and strongly spiritual approach to emphasize the moral imperative to stop fossil fuel extraction and demand that governments and religious institutions do what’s necessary to make the change. With 30,000 congregations as part of their network and 20% of them –and growing –engaged in frontline fossil fuel fights, they fill an important gap and have seized an opportunity to broaden and enrich the movement.

WECAN

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a small organization dedicated to frontline women’s leadership in the movement for climate justice. It was created to accelerate a global women’s movement for the protection and defense of the Earth’s diverse ecosystems and communities. They focus on short-term and long-term systemic change and solutions to address the climate crisis and the root causes of environmental degradation and socio-economic inequalities.

Alliance for Affordable Energy

Founded in 1985, the Alliance for Affordable Energy promotes equitable, affordable, environmentally responsible energy. From the start, they have advanced a philosophy that there is no conflict between lower energy costs and lower pollution, between good jobs and regulation, or between serving the public interest and making a reasonable profit. Because they are both a consumer advocate and public health advocacy organization, their policy work meets at the crossroads of social justice, sustainable economic development, and environmental protection.

Louisiana Bucket Brigade

The mission of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is to collaborate with impacted communities and hasten the transition from fossil fuels. LABB works with communities that live near polluting facilities and are in what they call the “bullseye” of the oil and gas and petrochemical industry. Their collaboration with impacted communities in Louisiana has defined their work since their inception in 2000.

Healthy Gulf

Healthy Gulf’s purpose is to collaborate with and serve communities who love the Gulf of Mexico by providing the research, communications, and coalition-building tools needed to reverse the long pattern of over exploitation of the Gulf’s natural resources. Healthy Gulf organizes community-based resistance to petrochemical buildout in the Gulf, particularly in Louisiana and Texas.

Memphis Community Against the Pipeline

Memphis Community Against the Pipeline is a Black-led grassroots movement rooted in South Memphis, Tennessee that successfully fought and beat Valero Energy Corporation and Plains All American’s Byhalia Connection Pipeline, a proposed crude oil pipeline that would have cut through Southwest Memphis communities already burdened by decades of environmental injustice. They are now turning their focus on ending the legal loopholes that would allow Valero’s operations or a pipeline to come back into the area.

US Climate Action Network

US Climate Action (USCAN) is a coalition of over 200 environmental, labor, policy, and justice focused organizations committed to fighting climate change in a just and equitable way. USCAN launched Arm in Arm with the goal to build toward a massive decentralized escalated action through 2023 by cultivating organizing hubs across the country.

 

Bay Mills Indian Community

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.

Indigenous Environmental Network

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

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 and Water Don't Mix

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.

 

7 Directions of Service

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.

Society of Native Nations

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

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.

 

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

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. 

 

Unkitawa

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.

 

Honor The Earth

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.

NDN Collective

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, NDN Collective is creating sustainable solutions and strategies for Indigenous self-determination and movement-building.

 

MOVE Texas

MOVE Texas is on a mission to build power in underrepresented youth communities across Texas by building engagement and involvement on matters that they most care about. 

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas

The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe are leading the fight against three liquid natural gas terminals on their sacred land. In partnership with locals and organizers, they’ve successfully held off construction for five years.

Polluters Out

Polluters Out is a youth-led coalition of the entirety of the climate movement across the globe. Their focus is ending the fossil fuel industry’s control over “every aspect of our society from indigenous lands, governments, banks, universities, and climate negotiations.”

Our Kids Climate

Our Kids Climate is a network of 58 parent groups from 23 countries who are uniting for climate action to protect the kids we love from the climate crisis. This grant supports a new Climate Parent Fellowship created in conjunction with Parents For Future Global, the global movement behind the Fridays for Future youth movement. 

Promise to Protect Coalition

A multi-racial coalition of indigenous and rural organizations, Promise to Protect has been instrumental in fighting back Keystone XL. Our grants went to member organizations Brave Heart Society, Indigenous Environmental Network, NDN Collective, Native Organizers Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, 350.org, Wiconi un Tipi Resistance Camp, and Bold Nebraska

Pipeline Fighters Hub

The Pipeline Fighters Hub is a project of the Bold Education Fund designed to help connect and resource local communities fighting fossil fuel pipelines. In the last 10 years, the movement collectively has developed a wide-ranging expertise in how to fight pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure.The Pipeline Fighters Hub provides technical, legal, storytelling and organizing assistance to any community fighting pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, with the goal of protecting the land and water while staying rooted in local and traditional cultures.

Fossil Free University

FFU is a training course for young climate justice activists around the world who want to channel the power of the youth movement to address the source of the climate crisis.