The Goldman Environmental Foundation

The Goldman Environmental Foundation (GEF) was established by Richard and Rhoda Goldman in 1989 to honor and inspire grassroots environmental activism around the world. GEF administers the Goldman Environmental Prize—known as the “Nobel Prize for the Environment”—the world’s foremost award for grassroots environmental leaders. The Prize is awarded each year to environmental heroes from six geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize is presented at ceremonies each April in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., with virtual ceremonies during the pandemic.

The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. Each winner receives a significant and unrestricted cash award, international recognition and publicity, and global visibility for the issues they champion. The Goldman Prize views grassroots leaders as those creating positive change through community participation in the issues that affect them. By putting a spotlight on these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world. Prize winners come from 93 different countries and a diverse range of backgrounds.

GEF is solidly committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion globally through its philanthropic work and throughout the organization with regard to hiring, office culture, education, and policy.

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