July 2017

    Introducing the Blue Sky Leadership Council

    Blue Sky is now in its third year, and I am thrilled with the momentum we’ve created together to expand philanthropy that advances environmental literacy and connects people and nature. We have experienced many exciting successes and opportunities as a network thus far. This past year, Blue Sky and its partners celebrated the National Park Service Centennial, elevating the conversation among environmental funders beyond preserving wild places to ensuring that all communities have access to the outdoors and environmental learning.

    Deepening Commitments: Working Toward Equity and Inclusion When Connecting Youth To The Outdoors

    As a trainer, facilitator and program officer at Youth Outside, I have the honor of building relationships with countless nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to accomplish their missions. Regularly, these organizations identify their desire to be more culturally relevant and regularly, people feel at a loss for how to take actionable steps for making cultural relevancy a reality in their organization.

    11 Lessons We’ve Learned as Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Consultants in the Outdoor, Conservation, and Environmental Sector

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion (or DEI) work seems to be happening throughout the conservation space, but leaders are at times hard pressed to explain why this work is mission-critical beyond “it’s the right thing to do.” And though we agree DEI is the right thing to do, it behooves Blue Sky Funders Forum members to be more specific about why and how DEI work is imperative to the mission of making environmental learning opportunities accessible in all communities. Some reasons that may resonate include the following: