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The Power of the Hive: New Climate Fund Centers Southern Women of Color

The new Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice seeks to catalyze a deeply rooted climate response in the South by centering the leadership of black, Indigenous and other women of color.

Southern women of color have a long track record of advancing social justice.

They also play a pivotal role in grassroots environmental movements in the U.S. (and Global) South, leading groups that are often overlooked by grantmakers in favor of larger, more institutional, white- and male-led nonprofits.

The South faces high levels of pollution and unprecedented climate threats to its coastlines, which greatly affect poor people and those of color. And it’s long been a hotbed for social and racial equity issues and movements.

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The new fund sees climate, gender and social justice as intertwined and underfunded in this diverse and somewhat beleaguered region of the U.S.

Its first round of grants will deliver $3 million in general operating support to 13 groups over three years.

The collaborative’s current funders include the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, McKnight Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Women Donors Network, and Wend Collective.

While the new fund is unusually […]

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