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Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Fostering Stewardship, Building Community, Demanding Justice

aka Rose Foundation   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.rosefdn.org

Mission

Our Vision: The Rose Foundation envisions a future where nature is protected, people’s rights are ensured, and environmental justice is advanced, and where these three values are deeply interconnected. Our Mission: We support grassroots initiatives that help build a world in which individuals, organizations, and communities are empowered to promote stewardship of nature, inspire people to take action, and hold government and corporations accountable.

Ruling year info

1993

Interim Executive Director

Aiko Pandorf

Main address

201 4th Street, Suite 102

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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EIN

94-3179772

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Rose Foundation believes that environmental stewardship, community regeneration, consumer protection, robust civic participation and a healthy economy are all inextricably linked. As a society, we cannot expect to achieve lasting economic progress at the expense of the environment, worker, or community rights. Similarly, lasting environmental, consumer, and community protections must also be grounded in economic reality. Civic participation, especially by traditionally disempowered communities, often serves as the necessary catalyst. Alliances between traditionally diverse interests provides a fundamental and lasting glue that binds long-term sustainable solutions. The Rose Foundation was founded by Jill Ratner and Tim Little in 1992 and is dedicated to the memory of Rose Ratner, whose wit, wisdom and commitment were forged in the neighborhoods of Chicago over the course of 50 years of community activism.

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?

California Environmental Grassroots Fund

The California Environmental Grassroots Fund supports small and emerging local groups across California that are building climate resilience and advancing environmental justice. Grassroots Fund grantees tackle the toughest environmental problems facing their communities from toxic pollution, urban sprawl, sustainable agriculture, and climate advocacy, to the environmental degradation of our rivers and wild places and the health of our communities. Guided by a board of community activists and veteran funders, the Fund’s mission is to bridge a significant gap between grassroots environmental groups and the traditional funding patterns of organized philanthropy by awarding small grants ($7,500 or less) to small organizations that are underserved by most foundations’ funding strategies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

New Voices Are Rising conducts environmental justice advocacy and leadership development programs for high school students from low-income communities of color. New Voices originally focused on Oakland youth but has recently expanded to include students from across the Bay Area from Bayview-Hunters Point to Antioch. The program helps young people gain the skills and experience in civic engagement that they need to begin to tackle the problems – including environmental health problems – that disproportionately impact their communities. Primary partners include several Oakland high schools and non-profit agencies. New Voices is funded through a combination of individual donations, government grants, and support from other foundations.

Population(s) Served

The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund supports community-driven conservation, restoration, science, education and advocacy for environmental justice and shoreline access in the Puget Sound. This fund, like our other funds which are geographically limited to specific communities in places like Texas and Louisiana, demonstrates the Rose Foundation's expertise connecting grassroots advocates with funding and training resources.

Population(s) Served

We manage 20 grantmaking funds and many are powered by cy pres awards or environmental settlements--over $60 million to date. We direct money to grantees to protect watersheds, ensure clean air, and mitigate pollution, as well as administer funds that support community resilience, financial education, and consumer rights.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Champion of Freedom 2010

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Certificate of Appreciation 1995

Mothers of East LA

Oakland Works: Best Project-Law 2007

Oakland Unified School District

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of grants awarded

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Activists, Ethnic and racial groups, Immigrants, Internally displaced people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

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.

We are building 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 and Board members who are passionate and about conservation and environmental justice.

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

A commitment to investing in youth leadership development.

Since our founding:
$50+ million in community grants awarded nationally, including over $3.5 million to volunteer-based grassroots groups that are generally not supported by mainstream philanthropy.

More than 45 groups have been part of our fiscal sponsorship incubator. Some of these have achieved their objectives and sunsetted. Many more have become full-fledged charities serving their communities.

New Voices Are Rising has graduated over 175 students from our in-depth leadership development program and reached more than 3,000 local youth through our environmental justice curriculum.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Board of directors
as of 03/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jill Ratner

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2025


Board co-chair

Kevin Hendrick

Jill Ratner

Attorney

Kevin Hendrick

Energy Management and Project Consultant

Ellen Hauskens

Iarussi, Gelhaus & Hauskens

David Michelfelder

California Nurses Association - retired

Cindy Tsai Schultz

Public Health Consultant

Amy Lyons

John & Marcia Goldman Foundation

Marybelle Nzegwu Tobias

Environmental Justice Solutions

Laura Fernandez

Goldman Environmental Prize, Program Manager

Carlos Zambrano

Consor PMCM, Inc

Willard Brown

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Volunteer

Pam Fujita-Yuhas

Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund

Veronica Eady

Resources Legacy Fund, Vice President of Equity and Justice

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? Yes
  • 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? 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 3/24/2024

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/23/2020

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 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 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.