Some recent grantees of the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation:

California Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is a world class multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public.

Construction of the newly designed Academy began in 2002. Each element of the building’s construction reflects a commitment to energy efficiency, reducing the carbon footprint, and preserving the natural world. The new Academy is a masterpiece in sustainable architecture and is filled with hundreds of innovative exhibits, thousands of extraordinary plants and animals, and a staff of world-class scientists.

The Academy’s mission — to explore, explain and protect the natural world — extends to all corners of the institution.

Citizen Engagement Laboratory

CEL’s mission is to increase the rate of societal and political change by accelerating tech-savvy, people-powered organizing initiatives, facilitating collaboration across these initiatives, and evolving the model of technology-fueled organizing.

Climate Parents

Climate Parents’ mission is to give voice to anyone concerned about the climate our children are inheriting by bringing together parents from every walk of life to take action.

Climate Parents is a powerful movement of families advocating for bold solutions to climate change. They work at a national and regional level to fight dirty energy and scale up renewables, enact policies that help protect kids and communities from climate impacts, and ensure that kids learn climate science and solutions in school.

Global Press Institute

Global Press Institute is an award-winning, high-impact social venture that uses journalism as a development tool to educate, employ and empower women in the developing world to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates global awareness and ignites social change.

International Forum on Globalization

The mission of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is to advance critical ideas to build global movements for sustainability, equity, and justice.

The International Forum on Globalization is a research, advocacy and action organization, founded in 1994, focused on the impacts of dominant economic and geo-political policies. Led by an international Board of scholars and citizen-movement leaders from ten countries, IFG collaborates with environmental, social justice, and anti-militarism activists, seeking secure models of democracy and sustainability, locally and globally.

The Representation Project

Founded by filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

Miss Representation is the award-winning documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. 

The new documentary film, The Mask You Live In, asks: as a society, how are we failing our boys? The film will examine how gender stereotypes are interconnected with race, class, and circumstance, and how kids are further influenced by the education system, sports culture, and mass media- video games and pornography in particular. The film also highlights the importance of placing emphasis on the social and emotional needs of boys through healthy family communication, alternative teaching strategies, conscious media consumption, positive role modeling and innovative mentorship programs.  The goal of this film is to spark a national conversation around masculinity and ultimately create a more balanced, equitable society for all.

The Story of Stuff

The mission of The Story of Stuff Project is to transform the way we make, use and throw away Stuff to be more sustainable, healthy and fair. It has provided sustainability education and training tools to thousands of schools, faith communities, businesses and governments; and their 450,000+ community members have contributed to dozens of grassroots efforts to protect the planet.

The project was founded in 2008 to leverage one of the earliest and most successful cause-related viral movies: Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff. Several other movies followed, including The Story of Bottled Water, which tells the story of manufactured demand. The film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

Ten Strands

Ten Strands is a California nonprofit established in 2010 to help meet a sharply increasing demand for high quality Environmental Education in schools.

Ten Strand’s mission is to promote, support and strengthen interactive, experiential, innovative, effective and inclusive Environmental Education for all students, grades K through 12 by working collaboratively with various partners and stakeholder groups.


UltraViolet is an online community of more than 30,000 women and men whose mission is to fight to expand women’s rights and to expose and combat sexism – from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet responds to political and cultural events as they arise, channels public outrage, and creates a cost for sexism in America.


In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. On Valentine’s Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls.

V-day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end.

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all.

The Partnership’s mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.

WildEarth Guardians

The vision of Wild Earth Guardians’ Climate Energy program is simple: a future 100% powered by renewable energy by 2035. To get there, its goal is reform that prioritizes energy efficiency and conservation, phases out fossil fuels, and embraces environmentally appropriate clean power sources.

Women’s Earth Alliance

WEA partners with community-based organizations globally to uplift local solutions to issues of water, food, land, and climate change by providing women with trainings, resources, and advocacy support. WEA’s programs are based on the belief that when women thrive, communities, the environment, and future generations thrive.