SOLUTIONS PROJECT INC

Let’s create the future we want.

aka The Solutions Project   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.thesolutionsproject.org

Mission

The Solutions Project funds and amplifies grassroots climate justice solutions, especially those created by Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, women, and other people of color-led organizations across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the sovereign Indigenous nations of Turtle Island. Invest: The Solutions Project makes catalytic grants to our partner organizations to sustain, grow, and experiment in their work. Inspire: We leverage our relationships with established artists and entertainers, corporations, and the media to amplify ground-up efforts. Connect: We connect our partners with policymakers, elected officials, philanthropists, and corporations ready to scale, just climate solutions.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Executive Officer

Gloria Walton

Main address

4096 Piedmont Ave No 728

Oakland, CA 94611 USA

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EIN

46-3811348

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Management & Technical Assistance (R02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The communities most impacted by pollution and climate change often hold the greatest opportunity for solutions. Further, even well-intentioned renewable energy efforts fail to succeed when they don’t collaborate and include frontline constituents in planning and implementation. Therefore, the success of 100% requires greater collaboration and inclusion within the movement.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Invest > Inspire > Connect

Community leaders solving climate problems need support. That’s where we come in. Our grantmaking, media, and cultural support for grassroots organizations helps clear the way for them to create much more.

We practice the values of collaboration, equity, inclusion, and celebration – those qualities of feminine leadership that strengthen the movement’s ecosystem.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Impact #1: The clean energy narrative is overwhelmingly positive, reflecting the faces and voices of impacted communities, women and leaders of color, and highlighting possibility and collaboration.

Impact #2: Movement advocates, especially at the frontlines, have the resources, tools, and support they need to effectively make clean, renewable energy more affordable and accessible, resulting in a more relevant and inviting movement.

Impact #3: Business, science, culture and community leaders across the clean energy movement are collaborating towards an equitable transition to 100% renewables, with philanthropy and government supporting this culture shift.

Over the next 12 months, we are throwing our support behind frontline partners in California and Georgia, along with those innovating in localized, replicable solutions like the democratization of rural electric co-ops, municipal bonds, and shared renewables. Across our integrated program, we will continue to support equitable implementation of 100% policy, a rise in clean energy leadership, and the implementation of scalable solutions as the foundation for a winning movement narrative. With scaled support, we will also strengthen frontline leadership in MI and WI to ensure 100% clean energy is adopted and implemented equitably.

Through grantmaking, storytelling, and capacity building, we lift up local clean energy leaders, invest in promising solutions, and build relationships between unlikely allies. Last year alone, we gave $1.4 million in grants to over 50 organizations and supported dozens organizations with media capacity and convenings. Results included:
* Passing 100% legislation in California and advancing equitable implementation plans for city commitments in Atlanta, Seattle, and Washington, DC, among others
* Helping low-income households in New York save $23 million in their electric bills through greater solar access programs
* Securing $400 million in climate resiliency investments in Miami, Florida
* A new solar array in West Virginia, which will keep over 10,000 pounds of coal in the ground
* Rapid response support to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, including providing 75 portable solar and battery storage units
* Making 20.2M+ impressions with our message on social media
* So far in 2018, driving publication of 105 news articles and op-eds that received an estimated 1.3 million views online.

We have supported women and leaders of color in California, New York, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Florida, and West Virginia, honoring these leaders for their work in renewable energy and supporting their efforts financially.

To date, we have invested more than $4M in frontline organizations, predominantly rooted in those communities most impacted by pollution and climate change. Those right time/right organization investments have leveraged hundreds of millions in public dollars, millions of other philanthropic dollars we've aligned, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in media services in support of community-driven clean energy solutions. Our most significant impacts are:

* Moving the vision of 100% clean energy from the margins to the mainstream in just five years with 100 city and 3 state commitments, including CA the 5th largest global economy signifying that 100% is not only possible, it is happening!

* Inspiring and supporting more than 75 NGOs across the environmental movement, intermediary organizations, and frontline grassroots organizations to join the 100% Network we co-founded with the Sierra Club

* Strengthening dozens of frontline organizations with grant dollars, media supports and major platforms for influence that have resulted in $400M resiliency infrastructure in Miami, $20M for low-income solar in NY state, and $1B for solar on affordable housing in CA just to name 3 major victories from our grantee partners

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SOLUTIONS PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shalanda Baker

Northeastern University

Term: 2019 -

Sharon Alpert

Don Cheadle

George Goehl

People's Action Institute

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Way To Win

Brandon Hurlbut

Boundary Stone Partners

Jee Kim

Roosevelt Institute

Billy Parish

Mosaic

Favianna Rodriguez

CultureStrike

Justin Winters

One Earth

Mark Ruffalo

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/15/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.