We're Funders for Climate, Health, Equity and Community
America is at a transportation crossroads: Public transit systems are failing, carbon emissions are exacerbating the climate crisis, and the systemic inequalities of our transportation system deny millions access to opportunity.
Local support for just and sustainable transportation addresses the interlocking challenges of climate and inequality. With transportation as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the promotion of public transit, biking and walking is necessary to both reduce traffic volumes and increase mobility options for those who currently have the least access. Efforts to meaningfully influence how Americans view and utilize transportation can no longer be siloed.
Changing the system that led to this crisis requires strategic and concerted local activism tied to a national reform agenda. Without funding efforts of local, regional, and national philanthropic organizations supporting local activism, we simply will fail to address these systemic inequalities in our communities. At its heart, the Mobility Fund seeks to build community power through a sustained organized base of people to set agendas, shift public discourse, inform decision-makers, and cultivate a shift in power. Community power building is particularly critical for underserved, underrepresented, and historically marginalized communities who have been excluded from decision-making on the policies and practices that impact their transportation choices.
The Mobility Fund supports community-based advocacy around sustainable and equitable mobility through competitive grantmaking. To date, the fund has granted $778,000 to 17 mobility advocate groups working to advance equitable mobility access and use in communities since its launch in 2020. Thus far, grant recipients have reported $1,807,943 in additional funds leveraged including local matching fund, producing a 232.4% return on the Mobility Fund’s investment. This fund is housed at Global Philanthropy Partnership. It is supported by the pooled funds of trailblazing regional and national philanthropic foundations who are comfortable working at the nexus of equity and climate to transform broken systems. Fund processes are guided by an Advisory Team made up of local mobility advocates and national funders.