About Rose Foundation

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a grantmaking public charity. Unlike a private foundation, we were not launched with a big endowment. So each year we have to raise the money that we give away as grants to community-based organizations or invest in our youth leadership and environmental justice programs. Our funding comes from donations, grants from other foundations, or legal restitution payments and cy pres funds.

New Voices are Rising Project
New Voices Are Rising
strives to develop young leaders in low-income communities and communities of color in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by helping young people gain the skills and experience in civic engagement required to tackle the many problems - especially environmental health problems - that disproportionately impact their communities. In so doing, the project seeks to reduce pollution - especially diesel air pollution and associated particulates, which severely impact both human health and the health of the San Francisco Bay.

Grantmaking Programs
Grantmaking programs support community-based projects and organizations that are building long-term solutions that benefit people, the environment and the economy. Grantmaking is organized into specific funds with distinct geographic, issue-based and size parameters. Most grants funds are advised by a volunteer funding board who donate their time and expertise to help us find and support strategic, innovative and effective organizations whose work closely fits the goals of the particular fund. If you are a grant seeker, see our section on how to apply for a grant.

Rose Foundation Roots and Philosophy
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.

For a graphic representation of how our philosophy drives our programs, please click here to download our Theory of Change.