The Mize Family Foundation is pleased to announce our 2016 grants awarded to the following organizations:
The African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) builds the capacity of rural Africans to engage in environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood strategies that promote the dual objectives of biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. At APW, we emphasize the importance of place-based and community-led initiatives that support the collective management of natural resources for the mutual benefit of people and wildlife.
The majority of our staff are African citizens who live and work together with our constituencies – rural Africans living in remote places. With our unique, place-based approach, APW is bringing conservation back to the field.
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.
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.
The Divestment Student Network supports young people as the leaders of the divestment movement, training a generation of students to run strategic campaigns and join the fight for the long haul. With shared understanding about what is at stake, DSN supports student activists and the broader climate movement to deepen political understanding of the root causes of the climate crisis.
DSN is committed to building alliances with frontline communities, those most impacted by fossil fuel extraction and climate change, as they are the experts in resisting fossil fuels and building a more powerful climate justice movement.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Puget Sound Sage & Got Green – Climate Resiliency Project
Puget Sound Sage combines research, innovative public policy and organizing to ensure all people have an affordable place to live, a good job, a clean and healthy environment, and access to public transportation.
Got Green is a grassroots group in the Seattle area led by young adults and people of color that promotes the movement for an equitable, green economy as the best way to fight poverty and global warming at the same time.
Together, these organizations share a vision for resilience in the face of climate change which includes two focus areas: 1) increasing health and social cohesion in low-income communities and communities of color, and 2) implementing equitable carbon reduction strategies. Their ultimate goal is to foster climate resiliency and urban opportunities in communities of color. Their work is focused on mitigating the worst anticipated climate impacts, fostering adaptation to those changes in low-income and communities of color, and ensuring communities have powerful representation at decision-making tables.
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.
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.