Organization Profile - Justice Outside

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Programming Area(s)

Environment, Philanthropy, Racial Justice

Desired Expertise

Communications, Elected or Appointed Public Official, Finance

Mission Statement

Justice Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. We shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it.

Organization Description

Our work encompasses multiple approaches that all aim toward our ultimate goal: developing a network of communities, individuals, and institutions taking collective action to build a more just and sustainable environmental and outdoor movement.

Our work includes three broad strategies:

Grantmaking and capacity building – Through our Liberated Paths Grantmaking program we provide financial support to BIPOC-led organizations supporting visionary and community-driven work in environmental justice, stewardship, and outdoor experiences. We also invest in the success and development of the organizations we partner with through operational capacity building and technical assistance.

Career pathway development – Justice Outside builds power with early and mid-career professionals to prepare and support the next generation of visionaries who are leading this work. Our programs engage new and rising Leaders of Color, and leaders from a diversity of identities and backgrounds in the outdoor and environmental field, by connecting them with opportunities and providing a space where they can learn, grow, and challenge themselves and the field at large.

Organizational training and support – Justice Outside’s trainers coach organizations to assess and change their practices and cultures, helping them to more effectively embody their values of anti-racism. In our training sessions, clients learn to recognize and do away with the ways that systemic racism permeates their work.

Major Responsibilities of Board Members:

Members of the Justice Outside Board of Directors commit to the following roles and responsibilities to advance the organization on a path of financial sustainability and mission impact. Shared agreements for all current and future Board members include:

1. Commitment to Justice Outside’s vision and mission. We envision a day when all
youth have equitable access to the positive benefits of meaningful outdoor experiences and the opportunity to be champions of our planet. We strive to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. We provide grantmaking, capacity-building and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.

2. Commitment to active Board engagement. All members commit to active engagement and attendance at quarterly Board meetings, in addition to timely response to communications from staff. All members will commit to serving on one or more Board committees including finance, audit, development, governance, or strategic planning.

3. Willing to be a positive ambassador for Justice Outside. All members will help grow the network of fans and donors who believe in Justice Outside by:

○ Spreading enthusiasm for Justice Outside’s mission and talking about the organization’s work accurately and consistently.
○ Bridging relationships between their personal network and the organization. Specifically, Board members will be willing to arrange and join meetings between potential supporters and the Development Director or Chief Executive Officer.

4. Committed to direct financial support of the organization. The Justice Outside Board will meet the annual Board give/get goal, which is set each year as part of budget planning in collaboration with the Director of Development, Chief Executive Officer, and Development Chair. On an annual basis, each member will make a meaningful personal gift to Justice Outside and identify the ways they plan to support the fund development process.

5. Willing to bring expertise in areas that will help Justice Outside grow its internal capacity and credibility. Specific areas of expertise we seek include marketing; nonprofit sector law; fundraising; finance; outdoor education or environmental justice; equity and inclusion; public health.

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