Global Greengrants Fund believes solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come from people whose lives are most impacted. Every day, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet. Because when local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources, they are forces for change. One of the top supporters of human rights and environmental justice in the world, we have made more than 11,000 grants to grassroots projects and local leaders in 168 countries.

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Teresa Odendahl, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Terry has worked for more than 40 years to bridge the gap between our natural and human worlds. Prior to joining Global Greengrants in 2009, she helmed the National Network of Grantmakers for over a decade, and later the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. Terry also worked to protect public lands in the western United States as a program officer at the Wyss Foundation. An anthropologist by training, she has held faculty positions at Georgetown University, the University of California - San Diego, and Yale University. Terry’s background in anthropology and philanthropy complements her expertise in gender studies. She is the co-author of four books about philanthropy and is the co-founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC, and the Institute for Collaborative Change in New Mexico.

Peter Kostishack

Director of Programs

Prior to coming to Global Greengrants Fund in 2008, Peter coordinated a coalition of indigenous and non-governmental organizations protecting the Amazon Basin; advised funders on how to partner with indigenous peoples’ organizations; helped communities in Peru monitor natural gas development on their lands; and mapped the alpine plant communities on Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Peter has a MESc in Social Ecology and Community Development from Yale University and a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.

Ursula Miniszewski

Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment

Ursula Miniszewski is the Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment at Global Greengrants Fund, contributing author of Climate Justice and Women's Rights: A Guide to Supporting Grassroots Women's Actions, and co-coordinator of the Summit on Women and Climate. She has experience working on human rights issues in Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and has worked in internationally focused nonprofits based in the United States that advocate for girls’ and women’s rights in development. She is also an instructor in the Master of Development Practice program at Regis University. Ursula holds a M.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in History.

Latest Press Releases

Announcing the Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund

We are delighted to announce our ground-breaking partnership with International Development Exchange (IDEX), Grassroots International, and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights to amplify and strengthen grassroots solutions to our global climate crisis.

Hope for an end to climate chaos lies with people on the front lines

Organizations from 16 countries support Nnimmo Bassey’s call to support indigenous people, youth and women on the front lines of climate change.

350 Colorado and Global Greengrants Kick Off #YouthOnClimate Road To Paris With “Climate Change and Youth Voices”

In the lead up to the U.N. climate change talks in Paris, Global Greengrants Fund and are kicking off their #YouthOnClimate Road To Paris activities with a “Climate Change and Youth Voices” event.

First Solar partners with Global Greengrants for clean water and energy

In honor of Earth Day, Global Greengrants Fund announces its partnership with First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation to cultivate community projects that address environmental education, innovative technologies, clean energy, and clean water in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, Chile, and Brazil.

Global Greengrants Calls on International Olympic Committee to Stop Building New Olympic Venues Every Two Years and to Pressure Russian Authorities to Free Sochi Environmentalists

Global Greengrants Fund sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asking it to change course on how it chooses future Olympic sites and to call on Russian authorities to release imprisoned environmentalists.

Colorado-Based Non-Profit’s Grant to Sochi Environmentalists Frozen By Russian Government

Boulder-based non-profit Global Greengrants announced today that funds it granted to Environmental Watch on North Caucasus have been frozen by Russian authorities, as the organization called the 2014 Olympic Games the most environmentally destructive ever.