The Clara Lionel Foundation, founded by Rihanna, has committed $15 million to 18 organisations working on climate justice across the U.S. and Caribbean in partnership with an initiative led by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
The announcement is a sign that the music and fashion billionaire may be moving in a direction of prioritising climate in her philanthropy. Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation – named in honour of her grandparents – in 2012. So far, it has focused on education and emergency response programmes, including donating $500,000 for earthquake response in Haiti in August 2021 and $5 million for Covid-19 response efforts in 2020.
…climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally…
The organisations receiving grants from the Clara Lionel Foundation include the Black Feminist Fund, Black Visions Collective, Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Center for Popular Democracy, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, GirlsCARE, Helen’s Daughters, the Hive Fund for Gender and Climate Justice, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Caribbean Climate Justice Project, among others.
‘At the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), our work is rooted in the reality that climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally,’ the Foundation said in a statement. ‘Under-resourced countries, communities of colour, and island nations are facing the brunt. To combat this inequity, funders must build partnerships with organizations, acknowledging their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities.’
To read more about the Foundation’s climate work, visit claralionelfoundation.org.