Our Vision:The Rose Foundation envisions a future where nature is protected, people’s rights are ensured, and environmental justice is advanced, and where these three values are deeply interconnected.Our Mission:We support grassroots initiatives that help build a world in which individuals, organizations, and communities are empowered to promote stewardship of nature, inspire people to take action, and hold government and corporations accountable.

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Executive Director

Tim Little

President, Senior Program Advisor

Jill Ratner

Main address

201 4th Street, Suite 102

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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Fundraising Contact

Sheela Shankar

Development and Communications Director

Fundraising contact phone: (510) 580-0702 Ext 302

Physical Address

201 4th Street, Suite 102

Oakland, CA 94607

Payment Address

201 4th Street, Suite 102

Oakland, CA 94607

International Address

201 4th Street, Suite 102

Oakland CA 94607

International tel: 1 5106580702

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Legal name of organization: Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

EIN for payable organization: 20-3979145



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Public Foundations (T30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Nonprofit Management (S50)


IRS filing requirement

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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.

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success,and who do the programs serve?

New Voices Are Rising conducts environmental justice advocacy and leadership development programs with Oakland high school students. The program helps young people gain the skills and experience in civic engagement that they need to begin to tackle the problems – including environmental health problems – that disproportionately impact their communities. Primary partners include several Oakland high schools and non-profit agencies. New Voices is funded through a combination of individual donations, government grants, and support from other foundations.