Rivers for All
Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment
Our Rivers Campaign
Our Rivers is a targeted campaign to advance the foundation’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our funding priorities, recruitment strategies, and internal operations. The campaign will raise funds for river projects that benefit diverse and underserved communities, expand our network to engage leaders within those communities, and propel progress toward the DEI goals laid out in our strategic plan.
For rivers to be healthy today and into the future, everyone — regardless of their gender, race, culture, socio-economic status, physical ability, or background — must have equal access and opportunity to enjoy and learn about them. We need every community to feel welcomed, well-connected, and well-equipped to participate in making decisions and taking action to protect our waterways.
Disadvantaged communities, often communities of color, live in areas disproportionately affected by pollution and environmental degradation. In many of these locations, it can be a struggle to access healthy waterways and even basic resources like clean water. Everyone deserves clean water and the opportunity to benefit from healthy rivers. The Our Rivers Campaign is our 2021 strategy to get the right people at the table and the right organizations in our network for our grants to support the people working on the ground to make it happen.
Forever Our Rivers pledges to contribute at least $100,000 in 2022 to nonprofits working for equitable river access in the Southwest among diverse and underserved communities. Removing barriers and fostering connection will support these communities in their efforts to connect with and care for their rivers over time.
Work with new and existing Corporate Partners to raise an additional $100,000 in grant funds for organizations with projects connecting underserved or marginalized communities to their rivers and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion on the water.
Recruit new River Partners, particularly those with diverse and underrepresented leadership, focusing on projects to benefit underserved communities within our 2021-2022 focus area, the American Southwest.
- Sign 20 new River Partners working directly to alleviate inequitable access to healthy rivers, particularly those led by underrepresented people of diverse genders, races, cultures, physical abilities, socio-economic status, and background.
- Contribute $100,000 to at least 10 of these organizations through grants
- Recruit an additional 20 Corporate Partners to help us reach our granting goal, preferably those led by people of diverse gender, race, culture, socio-economic status, physical ability, and background.
- By year-end, add 20 new Corporate Partner products featuring the Forever Our Rivers logo to raise funds for rivers.
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