Black, brown, Indigenous, immigrant, and low-income communities have been disenfranchised and disempowered in every sector, and especially in philanthropy, conservation, and environmental work. These communities are often hit the hardest by natural disaster, public health crises, pollution, environmental harms, and climate change, and receive significantly fewer resources to address such challenges.
We have a responsibility to understand the systemic inequities and injustices that permeate our field, and a duty to do something about it. Operating as an intermediary between our funders and impacted communities, we are uniquely positioned to bridge mainstream conservation goals with community-based goals to help resolve inequities at the intersection of environment, economy, public health, climate change, and infrastructure.
We endeavor to become a model organization that provides equal opportunity and a workplace free from discrimination—where all team members feel valued, respected, and a sense of belonging. We know that our work is enriched by the varied voices and perspectives of all staff members, so we are committed to recruiting, welcoming, developing, and retaining individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Advancing DEI is a moral imperative and essential to our mission. We cannot promote resilient environments and communities without recognizing that nature and people are intertwined, and that some communities suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation. When we focus our work through a DEI lens—from changing policy and funding to empowering new leadership—we create enduring results, precisely because they are equitable. Whether partnering to open new parks, engaging government on ocean protection, restoring watersheds, supporting Indigenous land stewardship, or empowering community advocates—we will work to engage marginalized communities, elevate diverse perspectives, and create a world in which everyone benefits from healthy, resilient environments and communities.