The Chisholm Legacy Project

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Women


P.O. Box 1031Burtonsville, MD 20866 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Chisholm Legacy Project is rooted in a Just Transition Framework, serving as a vehicle to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate justice with resources to traverse the path from vision to strategy to action plan to implementation to transformation. In support of frontline leadership, the project seeks to link movements and mainstream entities with the tools necessary to advance systems change centered in equity and justice. With Black women on the frontlines of advancing systems change, this project ensures that these leaders have the support they need as they transform society from extractivism to a living economy that cares for sacred relationships between people and with Mother Earth, through regenerative, cooperative, democratic systems.


Building on 10+ years of justice centered organizing, the Chisholm Legacy Project advances the following:

  • Community Building: Work and walk with Black communities to surface our visions for systemic change, build strategies to achieve those visions, devise action plans, as well as leverage an abundance of existing resources and partners for implementation;
  • Movement Building: Serve the collective climate justice movement through curation and creation of research and policy analysis, training/certification programs, strengthened communications capacity, building climate finance models, as well as facilitating diaspora connections for power building.
  • Mainstream Field Building: Facilitate the infusion of equity and justice centered analysis, policies and practices, into mainstream environmentalism/climate action by elevating aligned frontline people/organizations who will provide grassroots leadership on just solutions.
  • Black Women’s Leadership Building: Through connecting Black Women to coaching, sisterships, healing circles, entrepreneurship assistance, etc., we will ensure deep investments in the wellbeing and leadership of Black women, who anchor so much of environmental and climate justice activism, with too little support.


Would you recommend The Chisholm Legacy Project?
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by Kat E. (January 27, 2024)
This organization is led by a committed, professional and highly ethical individual. Anyone who knows her will echo this sentiment. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, honors and awards- including being named as one of the world’s top 100 influential leaders on climate. But most of all, she is a staunch advocate of the people served by The Chislom Legacy Project. We’re facing the most existential threats of our times. The organization’s focus is on addressing those harms that disproportionately impact underserved communities.
by Dean G. (December 7, 2023)
This organizational engages in unethical and abusive behavior that includes union busting and unfair labor practices. Upper management lies to and manipulates employees and communities they claim to serve. The org’s turnover is so high they’ve lost 17 of 23 employees in 8 months. They are top heavy, blowing millions of dollars for the ED to traipse around the globe talking about work she and the org have never even actually done and paying an excessive number of unqualified people to manage a staff that isn’t empowered to complete the work they were hired to do. Do yourself a favor and volunteer with an org that actually lives into its mission and values.

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