Rihanna’s foundation is continuing its mission to advocate for policy and systems change.
According to a press release, The Clara Lionel Foundation has partnered with Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative, #StartSmall, to pledge $15 million toward the climate justice movement within the United States and the Caribbean.
The Clara Lionel Foundation
The Clara Lionel Foundation assists organizations in developing and improving the quality of life for communities worldwide. Their foundation’s justice pillar is no different and will support organizations working toward new “equitable systems and policy change.”
The new funding will prioritize women, youth, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and people of color to amplify climate justice for the demographic at greatest risk, according to a press release. The climate justice leaders are currently aiding seven Caribbean countries and nearly all 50 states.
“At the Clara Lionel Foundation, much of the work is rooted in the understanding that climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of color and island nations facing the brunt of climate change. This is why CLF prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work across the U.S. and Caribbean,” said Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, Founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation, according to a press release.
The $15 million is supported by a funding round in 2020-2021, which raised more than $50 million. The money supports COVID-19 response, climate resilience, and justice.
“CLF believes strongly that funders must build partnerships with organizations and acknowledge their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities,” said Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, according to a press release.
The Grant Recipients
The recipients of the grant from the Clara Lionel Foundation include the Black Feminist Fund, Black Visions Collective, Caribbean Youth Environment, Network (CYEN), Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, Climate Justice Alliance, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, GirlsCARE, Helen’s Daughters, HEY Campaign (The Ashley Lashley Foundation), Hive Fund for Gender and Climate Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, Integrated Health Outreach, Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), Native Movement, NDN Collective, The Caribbean Climate Justice Project, and The Solutions Project.