Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment


Mission Statement

We support grassroots initiatives that help build a world in which individuals, organizations, and communities are empowered to promote stewardship of nature, inspire people to take action, and hold government and corporations accountable.
To accomplish our mission, we:
  • Foster Stewardship
  • Build Community
  • Demand Justice


The Rose Foundation is a grantmaking public charity that specializes in administering mitigation payments and class-action settlement awards, and using these funds to support grassroots-based conservation, social justice, and consumer protection projects in close conformance with the nexus of the specific settlement. The Rose Foundation has pursued its goals since our founding in 1992, awarding more than $50 million in community grants and training and empowering over 160 youth environmental leaders annually in our New Voices Are Rising program.
The Rose Foundation was founded by Jill Ratner and Tim Little in 1992. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Rose Ratner, whose wit, wisdom and commitment were forged in the neighborhoods of Chicago over the course of 50 years of community activism.
Inspired by Rose, we believe that environmental stewardship, community regeneration, consumer protection, robust civic participation and a healthy economy are all inextricably linked. As a society, we cannot expect to achieve lasting economic progress at the expense of the environment, worker, or community rights. Similarly, lasting environmental, consumer, and community protections must also be grounded in economic reality. Civic participation, especially by traditionally disempowered communities, often serves as the necessary catalyst. Alliances between traditionally diverse interests provides a fundamental and lasting glue that binds long-term sustainable solutions.

Program Details

The Rose Foundation administers a series of environmental, grassroots, and consumer protection & privacy grantmaking funds. Learn more on our website.
Part of the Rose Foundation’s guiding philosophy is that the most effective and innovative projects are often initiated at the grassroots community level. Many of these projects are too small or too new to have yet secured IRS recognition of their charitable status. Through our fiscal sponsorship program, Rose Foundation helps these projects raise charitable donations and help with management and strategic planning assistance to build the organizational capacity of start-up or temporary projects. Learn more on our website.
The Rose Foundation also runs a youth, environmental justice leadership development program, New Voices Are Rising. New Voices seeks to increase civic participation within under-represented communities, increase young people’s commitment to environmental justice, and reduce air and water pollution that severely impact both human health and the health of the San Francisco Bay. The program helps young people gain the skills and experience in civic engagement that they need to begin to tackle the problems — including environmental health problems — that disproportionately impact their communities. Learn more about New Voices Are Rising on our website.
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Oakland, CA 94607
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