Partnering for change

Mountain Philanthropies works with organizations that pursue equity and social justice in our country and around the world. Funded organizations are often working with disenfranchised people: migrants, women, at-risk youth, and victims of racial and political injustice, seeking to restore and amplify their voices.

A sample of the evolving work of grantees includes:

Voting and Civic Participation

Focus: Restoring, protecting and activating all voices in U.S. democracy.

Investments include efforts that maximize enfranchisement, activate voters, protect the right to vote, and promote fair redistricting, with grantees such as the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Clean Missouri, the Environmental Voter Project, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

Criminal Justice Reform

Focus: Supporting safe, equitable, and logic-driven reforms to a system too often skewed by antiquated policies, race, and social and economic status.

Investments seek to end the unjust effects of money in the justice system, encouraging more equitable prosecutorial practices, and elevating the voting power of hundreds of millions of Americans impacted by the system, with grantees such as Civil Rights Corps, the Accountable Justice Project, Fwd.us, FAMM, Color of Change and the Alliance for Safety and Justice.

Data for Sustainability

Focus: Making better use of climate data, and advancing climate technology innovation to accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources.

Supported groups include CalTech as it pursues a more precise climate modeling system; Mission Control for Earth, an initiative that encourages those with data to make it more understandable and accessible to decision makers; Project Drawdown, which communicates known solutions to reverse climate change in our grasp; and Prime Coalition, which invests in breakthrough climate technology.

At-Risk Populations

Focus:  Supporting marginalized people from all walks of life and the organizations committed to their benefit and empowerment.

Supported groups include the LA County Office of Education which is committed to serving a huge population of at-risk kids; helping the Joyful Heart Foundation end the backlog of untested rape kits; and providing refugees globally and asylum seekers in the U.S. legal aid and aggressive policy advocacy via the International Refugee Assistance Project, Refugees International; and Fwd.us and its many partners.