This month, we’re featuring Belinda Faustinos, the newest member of our California Environmental Grassroots funding board. Belinda is our first and only Grassroots Funding Board member from Southern California. She brings with her years of experience focused in equity and conservation in the outdoors.
Community Environmental Advocates Foundation (CEAF) is an all-volunteer citizen advocacy group that leads grassroots community education and advocacy for responsible land use and environmental protection in Nevada County. The group was awarded $4,000 during the winter 2022 round of our California Environmental Grassroots Fund to buoy their efforts against the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland gold mine near Grass Valley, CA. Follow the link to learn more about the mine and CEAF’s work to stop it!
“They don’t have a local government or voice. That’s why CPL is so important for the community,” says Gustavo Aguirre, a GRF funding board member who has worked closely with the group. Augirre works at Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE), a national environmental justice organization that provides legal, organizing, and technical assistance to grassroots groups in low-income communities and communities of color. He has dedicated over 16 years to movement building that supports grassroots groups like CPL. I had the opportunity to sit down with Aguirre to learn more about CPL’s wins for the community of Lamont. Follow the link to more about CPL’s big community wins.
From greenhouse gas emissions to poisoning humans and animals, plastic waste threatens our environment in a multitude of ways. Many of our Rose Foundation grantees are fighting to protect our precious ecosystems and communities from an onslaught of plastic pollution. Read on to learn about the different ways All One Ocean, Valley Improvement Projects, and Zero Waste Humboldt are tackling plastic pollution.
In the fall of 2021 we hosted our annual Grassroots Grantee Convening. The convening is a space for Rose Foundation grassroots grantees to network and develop skills related to their area of work. Last year’s workshops explored what role grassroots organizations can play in guiding policy, influencing decision-makers, and holding political leaders accountable. We proudly partnered with California Environmental Voters to host these 4 free virtual webinar training sessions.
After last month’s highly unusual “atmospheric river” downpour over much of California, officials claimed that wildfire season in our state is over. In this post-fire season, what threats remain to our land, watersheds, and communities? To answer this question, we’ve featured several Rose grantees working in post-fire recovery.
In August, the Rose Foundation received $3 million from a settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and Placer Ranch Inc. $1 million was specifically endowed to the Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) to complete a major land acquisition project. TWC will use the funds to conserve, protect, and restore the historic Dean Witter Lone Pine Ranch, a 29,600-acre property that includes over 18 miles of the “Grand Canyon” of the Eel River
This year’s film fest showcases over 25 films of grassroots activism and community resilience. These stories speak to the powerful work of communities across the country, including some of our own Rose Foundation grantees. We are proud to spotlight the following grantees featured in our 2021 Film Fest.
A refugee family in Turlock, CA– our Privacy Fund Grantee, International Rescue Committee educates refugee clients on their rights under CA, with a specific focus on safegaurding data. Read on to learn more about the important work of our Privacy Fund grantees.
As California enters another severe drought, we are once again being asked to be thoughtful and judicious about our water usage. Many California Watershed Protection Fund grantees are asking the question: If every drop counts, why are we polluting the water sources we do have?