The Mize Family Foundation is pleased to announce our 2017 grants awarded to the following organizations:

350 Seattle

350 Seattle is building a passionate grassroots movement for climate justice. We believe that climate change is a problem so overwhelming that only people power can begin to solve it. Using tools ranging from policy and advocacy to direct action, we inspire people to fight for the deep and lasting changes necessary to ensure a thriving planet.

 

Our structure is organized flexibly around workgroups. We operate on consensus; this is the current draft of our consensus statement; if people in the group have concerns, we will revisit it. If you have ideas or a proposal for the group, look here to see how to bring them to the larger group.


Akili Dada

Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved is transforming their communities.

Our leadership development curriculum creates the foundation on which young women ages 13-35 build their skills and earn the essential qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions.


Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet.  We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.

ELAW advocates, working in their home countries, know best how to protect the environment. By giving our partners the legal and scientific support they need, ELAW helps challenge environmental abuses and builds a worldwide corps of skilled, committed advocates working to protect ecosystems and communities for generations to come.


Front and Centered

Front and Centered is an action coalition of racial and economic justice organizations which strives to elevate the voices and interests of communities of color to the center of public policy, community-based education and organizing, and impact investments addressing climate change.

Formed in 2014, the coalition comprises the State’s leading racial justice organizations which together, have a reach that spans thousands of families and individuals for whom the impacts of climate change hold the most harmful and lasting consequences.


Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves.

The overriding ambition of Front Line Defenders is to enable human rights defenders – including environmental, indigenous and land rights defenders – at the local and national level to enjoy freedom and security to undertake their legitimate activities.


Global Greengrants Fund

Ekai-Nabenyo-in-TurkanaGlobal Greengrants Fund is the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale. Global Greengrants believes local people know best how to address the environmental issues impacting their own lives.

Utilizing an activist-led grantmaking model, they channel support to communities primarily in developing countries to protect, restore, and transform their environments for a sustainable future. Since 1993, they have made more than $45 million in grants to local groups in 163 countries.


Global Press Institute

Global Press Institute is an award-winning, high-impact social venture that uses journalism as a development tool to educate, employ and empower women in the developing world to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates global awareness and ignites social change. 

GPI is building a network of professional women journalists throughout the developing world who earn a fair wage for reporting on their local communities. Their unique coverage of issues overlooked by mainstream media contributes directly to the development and empowerment of their communities, brings greater transparency to their countries, and changes the way the world views their people and cultures.


Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is a national alliance of US-based grassroots organizing (GRO) groups organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and communities of color. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice.

GGJ focuses on bringing GRO organizations into a long-term process of relationship building, political alignment and the development of transformational leadership, particularly for working and poor women and gender-oppressed people of color. The membership of GGJ adopted a framework in 2011 that calls for a holistic approach to building grassroots global justice: No War, No Warming, Build an Economy for the People and the Planet, echoing the framework of Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy of the Triple Evils of Poverty, Racism and Militarism. We weave and bridge together US-based GRO groups and global social movements working for climate justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet.

 


Honor the Earth

Honor the Earth is a Native-led organization, established by Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, in 1993 to address the two primary needs of the Native environmental movement: the need to break the geographic and political isolation of Native communities and the need to increase financial resources for organizing and change.

Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.


KUOW – EarthFix

EarthFix is an innovative public media partnership of Pacific Northwest stations, creating media across multiple platforms, helping citizens investigate environmental topics in their own backyards and to explore how local actions intersect with national issues.

With reporters based in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, the EarthFix team of seven public broadcasters examine environmental issues unfolding in the Northwest through multimedia coverage of energy, natural resources, sustainability and scientific research focused on the environment.


Na’ah Illahee Fund

Our mission is to support the ongoing regeneration of sustainable Northwest Native communities led by educated, connected, vested and passionate Native women and girls.

We believe that Native women are at the heart of Native communities and that our vision, our initiatives and our perseverance should be supported with resources. We seek transformative change at the community level through supporting Native women’s traditional models of leadership and organizing. We believe that stronger Native women leaders can determine their own priorities for the future and can protect our mother earth more effectively.

We provide capacity building support and funding to Native woman-led organizations, youth training, and environmental justice programming that helps advance sustainable Native Cultures.

 


Thousand Currents

While women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples contribute least to large-scale, global problems like climate change, inequality, poverty, and broken food systems, they often are the most impacted by them.

However, with enough support and resources, everyday people are shaping proven and powerful local solutions to our shared and urgent global challenges.

Through our grantmaking program, Thousand Currents partners with organizations and movements —led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples in the Global South — that are creating lasting solutions to our shared global challenges.

Our partners develop solutions that are innovative and impactful. They work to ensure their communities have access to healthy and locally grown food, are able to enjoy economic prosperity that generates wellbeing for all people, and live in a safe and healthy environment that supports abundant life.

 


Urgent Action Fund – Africa

Urgent Action Fund-Africa is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights Pan-African Fund established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. As the first rapid response fund on the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of activists and civil society organisations focusing on women’s active socio-political participation and visibility by leveraging resources and opportunities for critical engagements that advance women’s rights. Committed to working across Africa, UAF-Africa builds broader alliances with partners at national, regional and international levels.

 


Washington Environmental Council – Power Past Coal and Stand Up to Oil

Power Past Coal is an ever-growing alliance of health, environmental, businesses, clean-energy, faith and community groups working to stop coal export off the West Coast.

Stand Up to Oil is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport through the Northwest, while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region.


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