Rihanna donated $15 million
With financial support from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall philanthropic initiative, the grants will go to 18 local organizations working to address the growing inequities caused by the climate crisis. The organizations, primarily led by women, youth, Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and LGBTQIA+ communities, focus on building community resilience through adaptation.
“At the Clara Lionel Foundation, much of the work is focused on understanding climate disasters, which are increasing in frequency and intensity, and which do not affect all communities equally, with communities of colour and island nations being the most impacted by climate change,” said Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), in a statement. “That’s why FCL is prioritizing both climate resilience and climate justice work across the U.S. and the Caribbean.”
The donation follows a guideline under the foundation’s “justice” pillar, which focuses on “fighting for new equitable political systems and change.” The climate crisis is fundamentally intersectional in nature. It is a feminist issue, a racial justice issue, and economic rights issue, and a disability rights issue.
The latest grants from the Clara Lionel Foundation reflect this vision. The organizations benefiting from this $15 million grant cover a wide range of communities. They include:
Rihanna is tres ataThe Black Feminist Fund (BFF), which aims to support black feminist organizations around the world. The Caribbean Youth Environment Network, which aims to empower youth to address the challenges of climate change.
The Climate Justice Alliance is leading a global effort for a “just transition” away from fossil fuels and extractive economies, and the Indigenous Environmental Network supports indigenous communities that have long advocated for this transition.
The Solutions Project, meanwhile, seeks to encourage the next generation of climate solutions.
Other organizations selected include Black Visions Collection, Center for Popular Democracy, Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, GirlsCARE, Helen’s Daughters, HEY Campaign (The Ashley Lashley Foundation), Hive Fund for Gender and Climate Justice, Integrated Health Outreach, Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), Native Movement, NDN Collective, and Caribbean Climate Justice Project.
Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation decided to focus on climate resilience and justice, in part because of the devastating hurricanes that have hit the Caribbean in recent years. Since its inception in 2012, the organization has raised $80 million to support over 150 projects in 20 countries.
Over the years, Rihanna has advocated and financially supported dozens of causes. She donated $5 million to health care workers on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic and has supported raising billions of dollars for girls’ education.