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Climate Smart Commitment: 2020-21 Portfolio

We're happy to present our 2020-21 portfolio of Climate Smart Commitment grant recipients. By supporting these nonprofit organizations with a "self-imposed carbon tax" totaling $500,000, our goal is to help make our business climate smart by creatively investing in groups that fight climate change through on-the-ground work in the developing world and government advocacy in the US.

While there are many fine organizations doing effective work to fight climate change, we chose these 10 organizations based on their proven effectiveness in: 1) helping farming communities in the developing world employ climate-smart agriculture and forestry techniques to mitigate their contribution to climate change and 2) advocating in Congress for US government policies to fight climate change.

The short summaries below provide more information about each organization and how they plan to use their Climate Smart Commitment grant. We've included links to their websites so that independent travelers inspired by our initiative can contribute individually. Experts say that a donation of $30 mitigates the carbon produced by one round-trip US–Europe flight.

Each year, we review and reassess our recipient list. We welcome suggestions of organizations that fit our parameters.

Our 2020-21 Grant Recipients


Bread for the World

2020-21 Donation: $20,000
Donations to Date: $220,000

Bread for the World (Bread) is an advocacy organization that urges decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Our donation will allow Bread to scale up their advocacy efforts and raise awareness in our government of how climate change makes more people hungry which, in turn, makes our world less stable. Read more


Project Concern International

2020-21 Donation: $70,000
Donations to Date: $225,000

Project Concern International (PCI, a Global Communities Partner) provides communities in the developing world with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and contribute less to climate change. Our donations allow PCI to supply carbon emission reducing, fuel-efficient cookstoves in Guatemala, begin reforestation efforts, improve the region's food security, and give local women the tools to ensure the project's long-term success. Read more


Agros International

2020-21 Donation: $100,000
Donations to Date: $250,000

Agros works to break the cycle of poverty for farming families in rural Latin America. Our donations allow Agros to expand their agribusiness center in Nicaragua and help hundreds of farmers reduce their water and chemical use, improve soil conditions, help with the reforestation effort, protect water recharge zones, and stabilize their incomes. Read more


ZEITZ Foundation

2020-21 Donation: $100,000
Donations to Date: $200,000

The ZEITZ foundation (ZF) develops and implements ecologically responsible projects in the Laikipia region of Kenya. Our donation will enable ZF to continue with their Tree of Life Initiative and launch a vocational training academy for forestry and agriculture, continue reforesting one million trees, provide an alternative income stream to livestock, and reduce overgrazing and deforestation. Read more


Climate Smart grant recipient Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance

2020-21 Donation: $30,000
Donations to Date: $80,000

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) works with rural communities in over 70 countries to conserve forests and support sustainable livelihoods. Our donation helps RA expand their climate-smart agriculture program in Ghana and continue to make farmers the lead partners in managing the lands. Read more


Citizens' Climate Education

2020-21 Donation: $40,000
Donations to Date: $90,000

Citizens' Climate Education (CCE) is an advocacy organization that educates policymakers and the public about smart solutions to climate change. Our donation will​ strengthen their nationwide coalition of climate advocates and help them create a powerful counterweight to paid lobbyists advocating for the fossil fuel industry. Read more


Rainforest Action Network

2020-21 Donation: $40,000
Donations to Date: $90,000

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) works to preserve forests, protect the climate, and uphold human and Indigenous rights by challenging the multinational corporations that use unethically sourced resources. Our donation will help protect the Leuser Ecosystem of Sumatra, Indonesia, from deforestation caused by the illegal expansion of pulpwood and palm oil plantations. Read more


Food 4 Farmers

2020-21 Donation: $50,000
Donations to Date: $100,000

Food 4 Farmers (F4F) partners with coffee-farming families in Latin America to increase food security. Our donation will allow F4F to teach climate-smart practices to these families, strengthen local food systems, improve incomes, reduce deforestation, restore local ecosystems, and create a healthier planet. Read more


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American Bird Conservancy

2020-21 Donation: $30,000

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) works throughout the Americas to protect biodiversity. Our donation will help ABC transition the economy in the Moskitia region of Honduras from cattle to cacao — slowing deforestation, preventing watershed pollution, preserving ancestral lands, and providing farmers with an alternative source of income to livestock. Read more


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Our Climate

2020-21 Donation: $20,000

Our Climate (OC) equips young leaders with the tools and experiences needed to be long-term climate advocates on the local, state, national, and international level. Our donation will allow OC to recruit and train 250 Gen Z and Millennial leaders and mobilize over 3,000 students to take action against climate change. Read more