Can donors step up to make nimble, innovative and trust-based funding the norm? What new models, visions and approaches need to be scaled to shift power and resources to those on the front lines?
Youth and communities on the front lines of climate impacts are leading the intersectional movements needed to achieve a 1.5C world. Yet, their efforts are critically underfunded and undervalued. Current norms and structures are holding in place key challenges: there is not enough funding going to climate justice, and it is not reaching those who need it the most.
Currently, less than 2% of global philanthropy goes toward supporting organisations working on climate mitigation, with approximately 0.5% going to environmental initiatives in the Global South (One Earth). Of the philanthropy that is directed to climate, 95% of it is directed to white and male-led climate advocacy groups (Solutions Project & Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Justice). These statistics point to an urgent reality: philanthropy needs to be redesigned to support an intersectional approach to grant-making that will permanently shift power and resources to those on the front lines, especially to historically marginalised and underrepresented groups and communities.
Re-granters and intermediaries play a key role in increasing the access to, and amount of, mainstream philanthropic funding going to intersectional solutions and grassroots movements. Can donors step up to make nimble, innovative and trust-based funding the norm? What new models, visions and approaches need to be scaled to shift power and resources to those on the front lines?
As part of NY Climate Week, join the Climate Justice-Just Transition Donor Collaborative for a hybrid event exploring how we might redesign philanthropy, and the role of re-granters, to shift the systemic barriers faced by climate justice and social movements led by youth and in the Global South. Moderated by Green Africa Youth Organization and Climate Justice Resilience Fund, and in partnership with members of the United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, we are convening youth movement leaders with existing and emerging re-granters who are demonstrating the impact of intersectional, experimental and trust-based funding. This event will take the form of a hybrid zoom webinar, with most participants joining online and speakers and a small group of participants attending in person in New York City.
Farhana Yamin, Climate Justice – Just Transition Donor Collaborative (Host)
Joshua Amponsem, Green Africa Youth Organization (Co-moderator)
Heather McGray, Climate Justice Resilience Fund (Co-moderator)
Panel 1: 00:04:22
Archana Soreng, Youth Advisory Group to the UNSG
Omnia El Omrani, COP 27 Youth Envoy
Xiye Bastida, Re-Earth Initiative
Ayisha Siddiqa, Polluters Out
Panel 2: 00:34:53
Kristie Lockhart, Urban Movement Innovation Fund
Majandra Rodriguez Acha, Frida Fund
Megha Agrawal Sood, Doc Society Climate Story Unit Fund
Panel 3: 01:02:04
Renata Minerbo, Betheearth Foundation
Paloma Costa, Youth Advisory Group to the UNSG
Iain Keith, Climate Emergency Collaboration Group
Laura Garcia, Global Greengrants Fund