To build a strong climate and water justice movement, frontline communities experienced disproportionate harm — and the justice focused organizations serving them — must be continuously well-resourced.
Yet racial justice organizations in the United States are underfunded. A recent study by The New School looked at 12 national environment grantmakers and found that of the roughly one billion dollars granted, only 1.3% of funding was invested in BIPOC-led environmental and justice-focused organizations. This reflects historical and current institutional barriers on-the-ground leaders, such as our Core Members, experience accessing and securing sustained, long-term philanthropic investments.
Each year, PolicyLink mobilizes resources to support on-the-ground work by WECR Caucus members. Our approach is grounded in a trust-based regranting framework and decision-making is shared between the Caucus Steering Committee and PolicyLink staff.
WECR Caucus resource distribution includes: