1% for the Planet’s mission is to accelerate smart environmental giving through certified support of our Environmental Partners Network

The 1% for the Planet model comes to life through the partnerships that form between our members and Environmental Partners. As 1% for the Planet serves as a connector, certifier and amplifier—not a grantor—our business and individual members engage directly with approved environmental partners, providing monetary donations, volunteer time, in-kind donations and other forms of approved support. Thriving partnerships deliver longer-term support and greater impact for everyone involved. 

Being a part of our Environmental Partners network does not guarantee funding, but it does put organizations in the network that our members consider directly supporting.


Our network is composed of carefully vetted partners and programs that have proven a positive impact on the environment. Environmental impact includes the health and resilience of the natural life, spaces, and ecosystems which surround and include us. This work often intersects with social issues like urban infrastructure, gender equality, land rights, industry, policy, and more. We categorize this into 4 Impact Areas:  Rights to Nature; Conservation & Restoration; Resilient Communities; and Just Economies.


To determine eligibility for our network, organizations must satisfy the following:

1 Pass our Partnership Assessment, which requires a nomination from a 1% for the Planet Business Member, environmental impact details, proof of registered charitable status, questions on legal compliance, and organizational structure. Only organizations with nonprofit or charitable status or other organizations limited by guarantee of social or environmental goals are currently eligible.

2 Within the Partnership Assessment, organizations must connect their mission or programs to one or more Impact Area Target, listed in Appendix A, below. Causes not tied to the identified topics may still be considered for eligibility as appropriate. Work that has no clear direct or secondary tie to environmental impacts, as well as environmental causes that deny human rights or increase marginalization and injustice are ineligible for our network.

3 Organizations with two-thirds or more of its programming budget aligned with our Impact Areas can earn “Environmental Partner” status. Those with less than two-thirds of their full programming budget aligned with our Impact Areas can earn an “Environmental Program” status for specific programs able to receive restricted funds.

4 Clear our risk assessment, which screens for financial and organizational corruption, criminality, false promotions/greenwashing, and community values.


Image representations of the 4 Impact Areas:  Rights to Nature; Conservation & Restoration; Resilient Communities; and Just Economies. Rights to nature includes renewable energy, participatory management, land and water rights and nature access.  Resilient Communities includes Climate Adaptation, Environmental Education, Toxics and Pollution, and Sustainable Cities.  Conservation and Restoration includes biodiversity and wildlife, freshwater ecosystems, marine ecosystems, and terretorial ecosystems. Just Economies includes Sustainable Livelihods, Responsible consumption, Decarbonization, and Sustainable Agriculture.


1. Renewable Energy Increase and ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, efficient and and renewable energy services through policy, research, infrastructure and technology development 7.1; 7.2; 7.3; 7.a; 7.b
2. Land & Water Rights Ensure that indigenous peoples, women, small-scale farmers, and other vulnerable populations have rights to land, property, water and other natural resources 1.4; 2.3; 5.a; 6.1
3. Participatory Management Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in the management of culturally significant lands and waters, genetic diversity, and natural heritage sites 2.5; 6.b; 11.4; 15.6
4. Nature Access Provide access to safe, inclusive and accessible public green spaces and other nature-based activities for all youth, vulnerable populations, and marginalized peoples 11.7
Conservation & Restoration  
5. Biodiversity & Wildlife Reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, prevent the poaching and extinction of threatened species, and reduce the impact of invasive species 15.4; 15.5; 15.7; 15.8; 15.9; 15.a; 15.c
6. Marine Ecosystems Restore, sustainably manage, protect and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems to achieve healthy and productive oceans 14.1; 14.2; 14.3; 14.5; 14.a; 14.c
7. Freshwater Ecosystems Ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services 6.4; 6.5; 6.6; 15.1
8. Terrestrial Ecosystems Restore degraded forests, grasslands, deserts, tundras, and their soils, including land affected by deforestation, desertification, drought and floods 15.2; 15.3; 15.b
Resilient Communities  
9. Climate Adaptation Strengthen adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters through holistic and inclusive disaster risk and mitigation policies and programs, including family planning services and primary education programs increasing gender equity for women and girls. 1.5; 3.7; 4.5; 11.b; 13.1;13.2; 13.3; 13.a; 13.b
10. Sustainable Cities Improve environmental impact of cities and capacity for participatory human settlement planning and management 11.2; 11.3; 11.6; 11.c
11. Toxics & Pollution Reduce deaths and illness caused by hazardous chemicals, pollution, and contamination in air, water and soil by reducing pollution, dumping, hazardous chemical contamination, and unsanitary environments 3.9; 6.2; 6.3; 6.a; 12.4
12. Environmental Education Educate on environmental issues, environmental appreciation, and environmentally sustainable development and lifestyles 4.7; 12.8
Just Economies  
13. Responsible Consumption Improve natural resource use efficiency in food, consumer materials (reduction, recycling and reuse), sustainable industrial processes, and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation. 8.4; 9.4; 12.1; 12.2; 12.3; 12.5; 12.6; 12.7; 12.a
14. Sustainable Livelihoods Promote sustainable livelihood opportunities by replacing illegal or destructive economic activities or increasing economic benefit of sustainable natural resource uses  8.9; 12.b; 14.4; 14.6; 14.7; 14.b; 15.c
15. Decarbonization Reduce or eliminate the use fossil fuels or other greenhouse gas emitting practices through policy, subsidy elimination, or offsetting 12.c
16. Sustainable Agriculture Ensure and enhance sustainable agriculture and food production systems through resilient agriculture practices that maintain ecosystems, improve adaptive capacity to climate change, and improve land and soil quality 2.4; 2.a


1% for the Planet aligns the Environmental Partner eligibility guidelines with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals because, like 1% for the Planet, these goals recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. At 1% for the Planet, we exist to ensure that our planet and future generations thrive. However, achieving this goal requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses both environmental and social justice.




Just a few of the amazing environmental partners in our network.

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