The Dollar a Day Fund for Indigenous Environmental Justice’s mission is to increase giving from non-Indigenous grassroots donors to Indigenous organizations working for environmental justice in their communities.
The Dollar a Day Fund works towards this mission by mobilizing resources to support Indigenous-led organizations working on addressing environmental justice issues. Some examples of issues include but are not limited to resource extraction, health impacts of environmental injustice and land theft in Indigenous communities, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) epidemic. The fund will also support Indigenous grantmaking and capacity building organizations that have played a key role in supporting Indigenous organizations.
At all times, the Dollar a Day Fund will seek to place the wisdom and experience of Indigenous grantmakers, activists, and movement leaders at the forefront of its work.
Fundraising and Grantmaking
The Dollar a Day Fund mobilizes these resources through a unique fundraising model wherein donors donate the monthly or annual equivalent of a dollar a day (~$365/year or $31/month or a similar amount that feels doable) and each day of the year the daily donation amount is distributed to an Indigenous organization (these organizations would not need to apply or report on funds). All Indigenous organizations selected to receive funds have been sourced from grantee lists of Indigenous-led grantmaking organizations, such as Honor the Earth and The Cultural Conservancy.
The Dollar a Day Fund also uses education through (1) the production of detailed lists for donors of Indigenous organizations that have received support from Indigenous-led grantmaking entities and (2) a weekly newsletter that educates the community of donors about the organizations being supported and issues of environmental justice in Indigenous communities.
Pro Bono Support
The Dollar a Day Fund offers all interested grantee organizations pro bono services to support the development of:
Grant proposals and reports;
Monitoring and evaluation plans and methods;
Theories of change and assumption analysis;
Organizational process; and
Budget planning and tracking documents.
Furthermore, the Fund will respond to requests for other pro bono services, such as web design and accounting support, by reaching out to members of its donor community.
Dollar a Day is a project of Players Philanthropy Fund a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178, ppf.org/pp). Contributions to Dollar a Day are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.