Supporting resilient systems for food, energy,
water, human health and climate.

Ag Tech

We work with farmers and food systems workers to develop technology that is responsive to the needs of small-holder producers.

Mauricio, a second year student at UC Santa Cruz, demonstrates a weeding system he developed for a micro tractor at CAFF's Small Farm Tech Expo in Fresno, CA

Emerging Strategies

The Emerging Strategies program makes grants in a series of cross-programmatic priority areas and oversees the Foundation’s program evaluation efforts.

UChicago Data Science Institute summer lab students represent the future of community-centered and social impact-minded data science

Energy

We support two linked goals: challenging the development of fossil fuels and accelerating transformation towards a clean and equitable energy system.

A member of the Greater Chaco Coalition studies a “checkerboard” map of fossil fuel leases in the Navajo Nation’s Eastern Agency. Their efforts have led to a 20 year moratorium on new oil and gas leases within a 10 mile radius of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Food & Agriculture

We support efforts to build an agricultural system that improves soil, air, water, human and animal health.

National Young Farmers Coalition member Reyna Banteah at Ts’uyya Farm. Surveys show 83% of young farmers see conservation or regeneration as a primary purpose for their farms

Human Rights

We support movements for just and ecologically sound development that promotes human rights, vibrant local economies and dignified livelihoods for all.

Delegates from Guinea traveled to South Africa for a learning exchange focused on environmental justice activism and community organizing. The visit was hosted by groundWork, a South African environmental justice organization, in collaboration with its local partners

Minerals and Materials

We support the realization of a climate-beneficial future through initiatives and solutions that prevent and reduce the harms of transition mineral mining, minimize waste, and seed thriving local economies.

A Kayayei, or head porter, carries a second selection of denim through the market at Kantamanto, Ghana. Grantee The Or Foundation is working to catalyze a Justice-Led Circular Economy (image by Joshua Odamtten courtesy of The Or Foundation)

Impact Investing

We invest in companies and social enterprises tackling the most pressing social and environmental problems of our time.

Female-founded and led Refiberd uses AI and hyperspectral imaging to tackle the 186 billion pound textile waste crisis.

Indigenous Communities

We support Indigenous-led work that advances Indigenous communities’ and peoples’ self-determination and re-Indigenization.

Indigenous Maskoke residents of Ekvn-Yefolecv gather for ethnobotanical education in a language immersion context, on their traditional homelands they recently reclaimed, 180 years after forced removal. Photo Credit Ekvn-Yefolecv

N2

We fund organizations, initiatives and movements that enable access and support for youth to thrive through nature + nurture.

A group of participants preparing to paddle out with grantee Salted Roots.