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Anthropocene Alliance

Frontline communities fighting for climate and environmental justice.


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Mission

Anthropocene Alliance (A2) has almost 300 member-communities in 42 U.S. states and territories. They are impacted by flooding, toxic waste, wildfires, and drought and heat all compounded by reckless development and climate change. The consequence is broken lives and a ravaged environment. The goal of A2 is to help communities fight back. We do that by providing them organizing support, scientific and technical guidance, and better access to foundation and government funding. Most of all, our work consists of listening to our frontline leaders. Their experience, research, and solidarity guide everything we do, and offer a path toward environmental and social justice.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Ms Harriet Festing

Main address

105 NE Bay Avenue

Micanopy, FL 32667 USA

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EIN

81-5166043

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A2 was formed in 2017 as the impact of global warming became increasingly manifest across the country. In addition, the systemic racism that left Black and brown communities especially vulnerable to environmental devastation was increasingly exposed. That’s why we undertook to focus our efforts on grassroots, community leaders. We committed to helping them obtain the technical, legal, and financial support they needed to set the agenda for progressive, environmental change. Our climate justice leaders come from towns and neighborhoods across the country impacted by un-natural disasters arising from climate change, unregulated development, historic patterns of infrastructure dis-investment and gentrification. They face multiple challenges, including damaged property, homelessness, crippling debt, unaffordable insurance, and compromised health.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Climate migration

We first met Hilton Kelley, leader of Community In-Power and Development Association (CIDA), in 2017. Hilton had recently been displaced from his home in Port Arthur, Texas by Hurricane Harvey. Today, he is leading a multi-partner program in Port Arthur to help residents determine if they wish to relocate and to develop nature-based strategies for building resilience for those who stay. The work is funded by two grants worth $714,755 in total, written with our help and supported by a team: Texas State Silver Jackets, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Houston Advanced Research Center, Buy-In Community Planning, and Climigration Network. Hilton is one of the many community we are working with. For recent media see:

- ‘It’s like a death:’ What it’s like to leave one flood-prone community. Washington Post, October 2022.
- Uprooted: As the Climate Crisis Forces U.S. Residents to Relocate, a New Conversation Emerges. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, July 2022.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2020, we introduced Rebecca Jim, a local Cherokee leader and director of LEAD Agency in Miami, OK, to Thomas Alan Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel with the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER.) Miami is adjacent to one of the largest superfund sites in the nation, and Tar Creek that flows through the city is subject to contamination from the superfund site and other industry. Rebecca has been working with Thomas and a team of legal experts and organizers to introduce a Rights of Nature initiative to the City of Miami in order to protect the creek from further contamination. They spent the next summer educating residents and decision makers on the Rights of Nature framework. We are working with CDER, to help other community-based organizations further Rights of Nature initiatives.

Population(s) Served
American Indians
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
People of European descent
Low-income people

In 2022, we pushed FEMA to update its minimum codes and standards for floodplain management as outlined in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Of the 49 comments made during FEMA’s three public hearings, more than half were made by A2 members who described the impact of flooding on their lives. Fourteen percent of the 353 written comments were by A2 members. A2 also coordinated a sign on letter to FEMA from flood survivors that resulted in more than 450 signatures from people living in 25 U.S. states. The campaign received media coverage in the New York Times and the Guardian newspaper, then was picked up by The Hill and Grist, as well as the popular podcast, America Adapts. Other relevant media coverage that we helped our members secure includes ABC News, E&E News, CNN, The Washington Post, Counterpunch, and Mississippi Free Press.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Activists
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Activists

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars ($M) channeled to community-based organizations (CBOs) for climate and environmental resilience.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assumes zero dollars before A2's launch in 2017. The figure is cumulative.

Number of CBOs supported by A2

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assumes zero before the launch of A2 in 2017. The figure is cumulative.

Number of CBOs that represent low-income and/or communities of color.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assumes zero before the launch of A2 in April 2017. The figure is cumulative.

Number of CBOs matched to pro bono expertise (e.g. scientists and attorneys)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assumes zero before the launch of A2 in 2017. The figure is cumulative.

Dollar value ($M) of pro bono expertise (e.g. scientists and attorneys) committed to CBOs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The figure is cumulative.

Number of CBOs implementing nature-bases approaches to climate change with funding and support from A2.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climate resilience

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assumes zero dollars before A2's launch in 2017. The figure is cumulative.

Number of CBOs receiving funding and support from A2 to help residents relocate due to climate change.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climate migration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assumes zero dollars before A2's launch in 2017. The figure is cumulative.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Anthropocene Alliance is the nations largest coalition of frontline communities fighting for climate and environmental justice. It consists of almost 300 member-communities in 41 U.S. states and territories impacted by flooding, toxic waste, wildfires, drought, and heat. We provide support and training to community leaders, and connect them to government agencies and nonprofit programs that provide additional services.

Because these leaders have direct experience with environmental hazards, they are often area experts as well as possessing resilience and creativity. They are essential partners in the search for practical and policy solutions to our most pressing, environmental challenges.

We achieve our mission by:

1. Directly partnering with those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and environmental abuse, and amplifying their voices locally, regionally and nationally.

2. Providing resources, funding and services to help local, resident-led groups mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

3. Supporting federal and state policies that protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gases.

Anthropocene Alliance was launched by the British environmentalist Harriet Festing who has 25 years' experience managing award winning food and sustainability programs within government, non-profit and academic sectors in the U.S. and U.K., and the American professor Stephen F. Eisenman, a widely known writer, critic, curator and activist who has campaigned against U.S. sanctioned torture, long-term solitary confinement, animal abuse and environmental damage. A2’s staff and Board of Directors includes distinguished scholars, organizers, activists, scientists, engineers, artists and designers.

When Hurricane Laura hit residents in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Gloria Horning, of Higher Ground Pensacola, FL, drove a truck of household goods to another grassroots leader, Beth Butler of A Community Voice who distributed them to evacuees in New Orleans. When Glorias home later flooded due to Hurricane Sally, A2 members, Kathy Sullivan (Elmhurst, IL) and Susan Liley (De Soto, MO) set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Gloria get back into her home. It is this camaraderie and love that makes A2s work so durable and powerful. It also provides a strong basis for effective political and environmental justice work.

To support that work, Anthropocene Alliance organized Frontline 360, a roster of pro bono experts ready to support justice communities when they need it. We think it is the first such multi-partner, service for environmental justice communities ever! With a little help from our friends Environmental Protection Network, Thriving Earth Exchange, Community and College Partnership Program, and Center for Applied Environmental Science is our motto. Together, we have achieved a lot, both for communities and individuals. Heres only a sampling:

- Since the beginning of 2022, we've helped 120 A2 members submit a total of 39 federal funding applications in 2023 worth $32 million. Of these applications, 23 members were unsuccessful (worth $6.1m), 48 were successful ($9.2m), and 64 members are part of pending proposal ($16.5 million.)

- Since our founding in 2017, our member-communities have received $43 million of pro bono technical support or funding. The funds have come from 26 different sources, some small and some large.

- We've helped almost 30 A2 members join our free EveryAction account, letting them run petitions and send out email blasts.

- 13% of A2 members have received media coverage as a result of A2 referrals resulting in 51 stories. Recent stories about our members appeared in The Hill, The Guardian, Grist, ABC News, The New York Times, E&E News, The Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Counterpunch, Mississippi Free Press, CNN, and the popular podcast, America Adapts.

_ Cynthia P. Robertson of Micah Six Eight Mission, Louisiana, was able to expand her post-disaster relief work thanks to the intervention of A2 staff who helped remove some of the hurdles created by her city.

- Terri Straka and Melissa Krupa of Rosewood Strong in South Carolina, were able to relocate from their flood-prone homes, thanks to A2s advocacy support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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Anthropocene Alliance

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joyce Coffee

Climate Resilience Consulting

Term: 2021 - 2024

Joyce E Coffee

Climate Resilience Consulting

Dr. Eric Tate

University of Iowa

Dr Stephen Frederick Eisenman

Northwestern University

Harriet Festing

Anthropocene Alliance

Burrell Poe

Goldin Institute

Rajul (Raj) Pandya

American Geophysical Union

Aidil Oscariz

Catalyst Miami

Dr. Paul Jaskot

Duke University

Omar Muhammad

Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities

Rebecca Jim

LEAD Agency

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.