What We Do

Confluence Institute helps rural communities respond to climate change and improve livelihoods in East Africa and the U.S. Interior West. Through unrestricted funding, technical assistance and shared learning, we support locally led organizations that are meeting the real and changing needs of their communities.

Priority Funding Areas

Our partners demonstrate a clear vision and impact that strengthens climate resilience and livelihoods in rural communities. We prioritize inclusive approaches that match local needs with the imperative of addressing climate change. While we recognize there are countless organizations doing valuable work, Confluence Institute offers grants by invitation only.

Climate Resilience

Rural East African communities deeply reliant on agriculture and natural resources are among the least responsible for, yet most vulnerable to climate change. We tackle this inequity through partnerships that promote: 

  • climate-smart agricultural practices which enhance food security and product quality
  • green energy alternatives and products, particularly for household and small business use
  • training that builds local green energy infrastructure
  • water resource management and WASH solutions
  • community-driven practices that conserve biodiversity and repair ecosystems
Livelihoods

We support strategies that create measurable economic change for individuals and households. We are particularly interested in work at the intersection of climate resilience and livelihoods that reduces inequality. We invest in partnerships that advance:

  • economic empowerment for women and girls, people with disabilities, and marginalized or other vulnerable groups
  • small business development and social entrepreneurship
  • trade and vocational skills and training
  • smallholder farming and pastoralism
  • community-based agricultural cooperatives
Special Opportunities
Who We Fund
Partnering with locally led organizations in rural East Africa and the U.S. Interior West

Confluence Institute funds organizations led by people spearheading localized solutions. They are essential drivers of sustainable development in communities experiencing the frontline effects of a changing climate. Explore our partners and their paths to impact.

Hear Their Stories

We amplify local voices that lead the development of resilient rural communities. Get inspired by grassroots ingenuity!

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Partner Stories
Loliondo FM Community Radio
Loliondo FM Community Radio is a non-commercial community station, established in 2013 with the objective to give a voice to pastoralist populations of Tanzania. The station covers an area comprised between the Ngorongoro district and the Serengeti National Park. It is the only radio station to broadcast from this region.
Partner Stories
Shanti Children’s Foundation
Shanti Children’s Foundation provides children with the educational support they need to complete their education and create stable livelihoods. The organization’s College (class 11-12) and Bachelor student scholarship help students from impoverished families complete their critically important education.
Partner Stories
The Hunger Coalition of Blaine County
The Hunger Coalition builds a healthy community through access to good food and addresses the root causes of food insecurity in collaboration with key partners.
Partner Stories
The Serengeti Preservation Foundation
The Serengeti Preservation Foundation is a locally registered NGO in Tanzania, providing avenues for conservation education and advocacy.
Partner Stories
White Clouds Preserve
White Clouds Preserve cultivates and inspires education, restoration, and community. We are a new nonprofit organization fostering environmental stewardship, research and educational opportunities in central Idaho.
Partner Stories
Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
FCDE empowers communities to lead their own development by increasing the effectiveness and sustainability of local organizations. We help grassroots partners assess, envision and attain organizational growth that drives community change.
Theory of Change
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