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Member Giving Program

Coming Clean members gathered together at 2019 General Strategy Meeting

Coming Clean's voluntary, pay-what-you-can Member Giving Program is
designed to build more investment in the network and bolster engagement
in our collective efforts for environmental health and economic and
environmental justice for all.

For more than 20 years, Coming Clean’s members have built an amazing collaborative. During that time, a small staff has been able to generate baseline funding from national foundations to support our 501c3 operations. Our funding has enabled our strength and our impact, but we need to be more powerful to deal with the acceleration of climate inequities and environmental health injustices. We have the opportunity—and the obligation—to build on our strong model of collaboration to do more together.

Member Giving funds are used to:

  • Improve equitable sharing of resources across our network
  • Bolster our infrastructure to increase network connections
  • Enhance capacity to meet evolving opportunities and member goals

Annual Goals

Member Giving is not intended to replace external funding, but rather to activate deeper engagement among all our members, creating ownership and accountability for our strategy and multiplying the impact of our network.

Join your colleagues to demonstrate commitment to the movement and one another.


2022 Results

16% member participation

$627,680 raised

2023 Goal

30% member participation

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Building on Success

Supported by our own network, we were able to do the following in 2022:

  • Resume convening in-person meetings, including a 50-person Chemical Strategy Meeting and a 25-person gathering of our Cumulative Impacts & Mandatory Emissions Reductions team
  • Increase member engagement by almost 30% on the Coming Clean listserv
  • Convene 11 All Member calls, with participation from 160 individual members representing 70 organizations
  • Onboard 65 new individual members to the network
  • Launch the Science & Research team
  • Provide teams with leadership stipends, translation services, dedicated Zoom lines, and other forms of campaign support
  • Make our first $10,000 grant to support the work of one of our grassroots members

Meeting Member Giving goals in 2023 will allow Coming Clean to do even more by further growing our infrastructure and capacity and improving equitable resource sharing across the network.

Equitable Model

To achieve equity and justice on the outside, we must first manifest it within our own network. Member Giving will have no effect—positive or negative—on a member's access or ability to participate in Coming Clean. Suggested contributions are based on a sliding scale, reflecting our commitment to principled collaboration that places grassroots organizations at the center:

Environmental Justice & Grassroots Orgs: $0 or as desired
Techinical Experts: $100 per year
Nonprofit, Research & Nongovernmental Orgs: 0.1% of annual budget

Apply for a Member Giving Grant

Through the regranting of Member Giving contributions, Coming Clean provides resources to  members that can most benefit from them. Grants awarded through the Member Giving Fund can be used to support internal capacity, travel expenses, and other needs. The maximum award is $10,000.

Until Justice Data Partners was the first member to receive a Member Giving grant. Funds were used to offer a paid student internship. The internship experience, which included reviewing and providing recommendations for improving the Louisville Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) website, had a profound effect on the student intern, Kam Rasheed. Through this project, Rasheed was able to use software development skills learned in the classroom in a meaningful and tangible way. “My understanding of the relationship between STEM and environmental justice work has blossomed. I understand that my drive to passion is no longer limited to personal satisfaction in ticking a to-do box. Justice work is a powerful and dangerous field where the consequences of your action (or inaction) will directly affect a “Stephanie,” or a “Chris,” or a “Malcolm,” or a “Kam.” I’m reframing the purpose of [Until Justice’s] work knowing that I can help someone be heard.”
Kam Rasheed, Intern, Until Justice Data Partners 

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Coming Clean is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all contributions to Coming Clean are tax deductible.

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