Closing the Gap: Insights from the Field to Close the $2.7 Billion Funding Gap Between White-Led and BIPOC-Led Environmental and Conservation Organizations

Sep 08, 2021
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$2 .7 billion.

That is the gap between what philanthropists award to white-led environmental and conservation organizations and to organizations in the field led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). In the five-year period from 2014 through 2018, a total of $3.7 billion was awarded in the environmental and conservation field, with $3.2 billion going to white-led organizations and $498 million going to BIPOC-led organizations . 

Although the existence of a funding gap was well known, this report presents data analysis that quantifies that gap. The size of the gap is staggering.

Sponsored by the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP) initiative, the research team for this report set out to learn more about the reasons for this gap and to uncover ways the field can begin to close this gap.

What follows are the key findings of this research, the implications for practice in the field of philanthropy, and a clear call to action for philanthropists to make greater investments that are racially equitable and that begin to close the $2 .7 billion funding gap.