Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Our mission is to support grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health.

aka Rose Foundation

Oakland, CA

Mission

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment supports grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health.

To fulfill this mission, we: raise money to award as grants to qualified organizations; engage in local, state and federal policy research and advocacy; and work directly in schools and in the community.

Ruling Year

1993

Executive Director

Mr. Tim Little

President, Program Director

Jill Ratner

Main Address

201 4th Street, Suite 102

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

Keywords

grassroots grants, watershed protection, environmental advocacy, environmental justice, youth leadership development, consumer privacy, fiscal sponsorship, donor-advised grantmaking, environment

EIN

94-3179772

 Number

5618979587

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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New Voices Are Rising

Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

California Watershed Protection Fund

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Our Results

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Total number of grants awarded

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Context notes

The Rose Foundation awards grants to qualified organizations working primarily in conservation and environmental justice, but also in areas including consumer protection and financial education.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Build the grassroots base of the conservation, environmental justice and consumer protection movements through strategically targeted grantmaking, incubating emerging projects through fiscal sponsorship, and helping youth of color step forward to become the next generation of community leaders.

Build and maintain a "money bridge" supporting grassroots environmental and social justice leaders.

Provide fiscal sponsorship to incubate emerging new projects.

Help individual donors develop and implement community-based philanthropic visions.

Youth leadership development through our New Voices Are Rising high school program.

Staff who are passionate and about conservation and environmental justice.

Deep in-house experience in our staff and funding boards about environmental and consumer protection.

A commitment to investing in youth leadership development.

We closely track our grantees' progress on specific environmental, equity and consumer protection campaigns.

We regularly ask all grantees for feedback and use this to improve our process and remain centered demystifying grantmaking and on serving our grantees.

We test our New Voices student's knowledge pre and post-program, and maintain contact with alumni to assess long-term indicators such as completing college and entering a career in social or environmental servicves.

In our first 25 years:
$40 million in community grants awarded nationally, including over $3 million to volunteer-based grassroots groups that are generally not supported by mainstream philanthropy.

More than 35 groups have been part of our fiscal sponsorship incubator. Some of these have achieved their objectives and sunsetted. Many more have become full fldged charities serving their communities.

New Voices Are Rising has graduated over 165 students from our in-depth leadership development program, and taught environmental justice to more tan 1,000 Oakland high school students in their classrooms.

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Financials

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & 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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our New Voices Are Rising program has provided a clear pathway for young people of color to join our staff, and in any hiring outreach we prioritize listing open positions via community partner networks. In addition, our funding boards provide a robust mechanism to include diverse community viewpoints in guiding our grantmaking.