Dear Justice Outside Community,

I am proud to share with you the accomplishments of 2023. We experienced a year of continued growth, change, and accomplishments made possible with your support. As our team and community continued to grow, and our programs expanded to different parts of the country, we felt awe and gratitude for the work being done nationwide at different levels. From our grantee partners to our alumnx to our funding partners, we remain inspired by your commitment to our work. Thank you to each community member that continues to pave and build cairns on the roads to collective change!

On behalf of our staff and board, I’m proud to share Justice Outside’s Impact Report.

Here are just a few highlights from the report:

  • Our inaugural conference sold out! On April 27 and 28, Justice Outside held our first conference titled “Cultivating Community Outdoors” with nearly 200 members of our community. The conference, held on Ohlone land at Oakland, California, focused on creating a space to discuss equity and justice in the outdoors and celebrate the joy that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color create in the outdoors.
  • We granted $2.5 million to 127 organizations in the environmental and outdoors movements. We’re so proud to have partnered with extraordinary organizations in North and South Carolina, the California coast, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Nanticoke/Siconese/Lenni Lenape Whittuck/Delaware River Watershed who are centering the experiences, knowledge, and power of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in their efforts.
  • We had over 100 graduates from our professional development and training programs. This year, we expanded our Outdoor Educators Institute to Seattle, Washington, where we had an inaugural cohort of 12 participants, in addition to training 25 participants in the Bay Area and Central Valley. We celebrated our biggest OEI: Pathfinders cohort yet of 11 participants and supported 35 movers and shakers through our Rising Leaders Fellowship. In collaboration with The Lawrence Hall of Science, Pisces Foundation, and Informing Change, we created Network for Network Leaders and our pilot cohort was made up of 19 leaders from 12 states.
  • We raised over $8,000,000 to support our work for change and equity in the outdoors and environmental sectors, exceeding our ambitious development goal of $6,509,000.

As much as we have accomplished, we know that there is still much to be done. We are excited and hopeful to keep on strengthening our connections,
as well as form new ones, that build up our collective movement. We will continue to do our part in envisioning and enacting systems-level changes through our programs, partnerships, and storytelling. We invite you to join us, until all Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color experience safety, health, and abundant joy through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors.

Thank you for being part of this work. Thank you for believing in Justice Outside’s mission.

In gratitude and community,

Kim Moore Bailey
President & Chief Executive Officer