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Mainstream environmental nonprofits get most philanthropic support at expense of diverse organizations

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Environmental nonprofit organizations that have diverse leadership and work in equity-deserving communities receive considerably less philanthropic support than conventional, mainstream nonprofits, according to new research published in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

“It means that the ideas, solutions and proposed actions are oriented toward more mainstream communities,” Stephens says. “And it leads to reinforcing inequities among different households, communities and regions and perpetuates this landscape where ‘environmentalism is not for everyone.'”

Stephens, author of the book “Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy,” says governments around the world have not funded environmental action and decarbonization sufficiently.

That has led to increased dependency on philanthropy, or donations from wealthy individuals, trusts and organizations.

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