The Foundation's NextGen Committee, established in 2014, is made up of Ray's grandchildren and their spouses. The group meets regularly and takes an active role in perpetuating Ray's legacy by investing in projects geared to making the world a better place for Tomorrow's Children.
“Each of us on the NextGen Committee brings something special to the table. We’re each making our own unique brushstrokes on the canvas that is Daddy Ray’s legacy."
McCall Langford, granddaughter of Ray C. Anderson
Over the past six years, the committee has funded more than $500,000 in programs with focus ranging from conservation and climate change education, to urban agriculture, agroforestry and now grassroots solutions to climate change in Indigenous communities.
Most recently, in April 2020 the NextGen Committee issued a call for proposals for one $100,000 grant to to fund work in the 2021 calendar year for new or existing programs that will help to reduce global warming, whether through direct carbon avoidance, climate communication, climate education, industry engagement, or otherwise.
“Clearly we are not the biggest players, but we can find success in the multiplier effects. The rate at which the NextGen has been able to focus its efforts on addressing global warming and climate change education has proven effective."
Jay Lanier, grandson of Ray C. Anderson
In December 2020, the NextGen committee awarded a $100,000 grant to Cultural Survival. The NextGen Committee’s grant will allow Cultural Survival to direct the funds to Indigenous communities addressing climate change on a variety of fronts, through 13 small grants awarded through the Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF).
In December 2019, the NextGen committee awarded a $100,000 grant to the Inga Foundation. Their "Land for Life" model offers families in Honduras (and all of the humid tropics as there are 300+ native Inga species) increased soil fertility with no chemical fertilizers/pesticides/herbicides or heavy equipment--ensuring good harvests, long-term food security and improved income potential, on the same plot of land--without the need to slash and burn fresh land.
In 2018, the NextGen Committee awarded a $90,000 grant to Second Nature to provide the tools necessary to allow universities to collaborate and pool their financial investments, to increase the number of large-scale renewable energy projects in the national grid, and to achieve climate neutrality on more U.S. campuses.
Prior to 2018, amongst other grants, the NextGen Committee awarded grants to:
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