News & Features
What the West Coast Can Learn From East Palestine
Recent reports suggest the disaster in East Palestine is not an isolated incident, but part of a larger pattern of unregulated rail cars causing preventable disasters. The Rose Foundation works with organizations across the western region that are calling for more transparency, regulations, and protections within the rail industry to better safeguard communities and the environment from spills. Continue reading to learn from our partners about the risk of train derailments, the challenges to overcome them and ways that everyday citizens can help.
Grantee Spotlight: Building Financial Literacy California Reinvestment Coalition
In 2021, California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) received a two-year grant from the Rose Foundation’s Consumer Products Fund to support their “Economic Health Promotoras” program. One year into their funding, CRC has provided us with an interim report of what they have learned and achieved over the past year. Click here to learn more.
Building Grassroots Momentum in 2023
We kicked off 2023 distributing $90,000 from the California Environmental Grassroots Fund across 17 organizations. Take a break from national news and tune in to local wins that reflect the ever-strengthening environmental justice movement.
Protecting Watersheds and Forests as if Her Life Depends on it Grantee Spotlight
“Every living creature’s existence is dependent on having a place that keeps them alive.”
Learn more about how Marily Woodhouse is fighting to protect the places that keep her community alive — local forests and watersheds in the foothills of Mount Lassen.
Announcing the 2021 Anthony Grassroots Prize Winner – Marily Woodhouse!
Congratulations to Marily Woodhouse! Since launching Battle Creek Alliance nearly 15 years ago, Marily has been a staunch defender of our forests and watersheds. Learn more about Marily’s work as an outstanding environmental advocate!
Celebrating Earth Day Grantee Spotlight
Earth Day is just around the corner! This year’s Earth Day theme, Restore Our Earth, reflects how urgent it is for us to take bold climate and environmental action. Find out how our grantees are celebrating this month, get inspired, and get active! Let’s restore our Earth and protect our communities together!
December 2021 E-News
Check out our December E-News! Celebrate our shared impact, hear from Rose staff about what they are looking forward to in the new year, and show support for the grassroots through a year-end donation!
This Just In: Our Fall 2021 Newsletter Has Arrived!
This year’s Fall Newsletter has just arrived, bringing you inspiring stories and exciting developments from our Rose community!
We hope that like us, you find motivation through these stories showcasing how grassroots leaders are finding ways to protect our precious waters from drought and pollution, and are left feeling ready to tackle the issues impacting your communities and environment.
Check out November’s edition of the E-news to learn about the Rose grantees working in post-fire recovery! Plus, learn about the win for East Oakland air quality and welcome Jodene and Nancy to our team!
New Voices Are Rising
Designing Resilience Hubs
Last December, two New Voices Fellows helped design and host a Resilience Hub workshop at Lion Creek Crossings–a community based affordable housing complex in East Oakland. Over 30 people attended the 3-hour long event. Click here to learn more about this successful youth-led workshop.
Engaging Youth in a Virtual World
In June, New Voices kicked off the 2022 Summer Climate Justice Academy. While the program has returned to host several in-person events, the majority of lessons occur online. Continue reading to learn about the creative at-home activities our New Voices team has developed to deepen students’ engagement and further their understanding of environmental justice.
Vaccine Myth Busting
Many of our New Voices Are Rising youth come from vaccine hesitant communities. The program received funding from the US EPA to increase outreach and conversations around COVID-19. For the past few weeks of the fellowship program, NVR youth have developed TikToks that creatively dispel vaccination myths using evidence based research, and of course, humor.
2022 Convening Report
The annual Grassroots Grantee Convening is an opportunity for our grassroots grantees to connect and strengthen their organizational capacity through free training workshops. Click here to review the report of our 2022 Convening focused on donor fundraising strategies for grassroots groups!
January – June 2022 Mitigation Funds Report
From January to July of this year, the Rose Foundation distributed $1.6 million in cy pres and mitigation funds. This report highlights our settlement-enabled grantmaking and some of the impactful projects we have funded this year.
January – July 2021 Restitutions Report
Through environmental mitigation payments, the Rose Foundation awarded $607,495 to organizations dedicated to the protection of watersheds and wildlife, water advocacy, and supporting community-centered stewardship and environmental justice. Follow the link to learn more about our restitutions grantmaking in 2021.
Why Plant Trees in Our Communities?
Grassroots Fund grantee Common Vision sent their chief puppet Jamari to investigate why trees are important to our communities health at New Voices Are Rising’s tree planting event. Watch the video to find out what Jamari learned!
Meet our 2020-21 New Voices Fellows!
Watch this video to get to know our New Voices Are Rising 2020-21 Fellows: David – Food Justice Fellow, Michelle – AB617 Fellow, Natalia – Climate Resilience Fellow, and Parker – East Oakland Air Quality Fellow!
New Voices Q&A with This Land Producer Faith E. Briggs 2020 Film Fest
Check out this interview between our New Voices Are Rising youth and the Producer and subject of the film This Land, Faith E. Briggs!