Beyond the Prize

Support for Recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Foundation provides ongoing support for past and current Prize recipients in a number of ways:

  • Grantmaking program: In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, we offer past Prize winners a limited number of grants to advance their organizations’ environmental campaigns and inspire community members to engage in grassroots environmental activism.
  • Networking program: To help Prize winners build broader networks, connect with each other, share learnings, and expand their leadership capacity, the Foundation provides support for Prize winners to meet and participate in networking opportunities such as conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Defense of Prize Winners program: We are committed to supporting Prize winners whose safety and security are at risk. Assistance ranges from letters of support, action alerts, and PR support to risk assessments, urgent defense grants, and access to pro bono legal assistance.
  • Communications: The Foundation publicizes the ongoing campaigns and achievements of our Prize winners through earned and social media. Visit our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), blog, and press page, and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

Inspiring Young Environmentalists

Young people are those most likely to be affected by environmental issues—and are also our best hope to address them. That’s why each year we bring young environmental leaders together with Prize winners to inspire them to make a difference in their own communities.

  • Youth presence at Prize ceremonies: Each year, hundreds of youths from local schools and environmental groups are invited to attend the annual ceremonies in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Most recently, Jacqueline Evans (Cook Islands, 2019) and Ana Colovic Lesoska (North Macedonia, 2019) served as speakers for a youth reception and answered questions from students and student activists.
  • Exclusive Prize winner events: Leading up to the annual ceremonies, we hold an event at Crissy Field Center in San Francisco to give members of the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (IYEL) program a chance to meet Prize winners before they are announced to the world. During the event, students are paired with the current year’s Prize winners, providing an opportunity to envision themselves as future environmental activists and hone leadership skills.

Below are some testimonials from young attendees of the ceremonies:

“When I walk outside, I hear the birds chirping and I force myself to imagine a world without them, and it sparks a fire in me. I know that even though I’m one person I can make a difference.”

“Nature gives to us, so it’s our job to be active and give back.”

2019 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients at Crissy Field Center with IYEL participants