Climate Justice Portfolio
This portfolio contains organizations that help build a green, sustainable economy while providing global justice.
My approach to giving includes the two principles: 1) Root cause solutions, 2) Underfunded strategies. These principles lead to funding high risk, long term, grassroots work. Additionally, the values that drive my giving focus are: 1) Unlocking others' potential, 2) Mental health, 3) Equity.
I give a third of my donations through Social Justice Fund Northwest and a third through Grassroots International. The final third goes to a list of organizations that either support my passions or are groups my friends or family ask me to support.
I realized that my starting salary at Google would be more than anyone I’d ever been close to had made. I knew for sure that I didn’t want to structure my life around that salary, because then I would come to expect that lifestyle. I think that the large salary I get is the result of my white male privilege, and a history of the oppression of many people and their resources. I want to do something good with the money. I want to support progressive causes in the United States that would be transformative, rather than just address basic needs. I want to give something back.
About the curator
Jessan was the Board Member and Chair at Social Justice Fund NW from 2010 to 2016. He is passionate about finding and supporting smart strategies for systemic change. He co-founded the employee giving program at Google and now leads engineering for Google Social Impact. Jessan is a member of Resource Generation, which organizes a multi-racial constituency of young people with inherited, earned, or future wealth who are committed to working for a just world.
Opportunities in this portfolio
Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ)
GGJ General Operating
GGJ weaves and bridges together US-based grassroots organizing groups and global social movements working for climate justice with other movements organizing for gender justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet. GGJ bridges multiple tendencies within the grassroots organizing sector, and is at the center of many national and global movement convergences.
Dream Corps (DC)
DC Green for All
Green For All works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Their goal is to make sure people of color and working families have a place and a voice in the climate movement. That neighborhoods are strong, resilient, and healthy. That as the clean energy economy grows, it brings jobs and opportunity to local communities.
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