Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment was founded by Jill Ratner and Tim Little in 1992. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Rose Ratner, whose wit, wisdom and commitment were forged in the neighborhoods of Chicago over the course of 50 years of community activism.
Rose Foundation believes in the power of informed community involvement. We support grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health. To fulfill this mission, we: raise money to award as grants to qualified organizations; work directly in schools and in the community; and engage in local, state and federal policy research and advocacy.
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a grantmaking public charity. Unlike a private foundation, we were not launched with a big endowment. Each year we have to raise the money that we give away as grants to community-based organizations or invest in our youth leadership and environmental justice programs. Our funding comes from donations, grants from other foundations, or legal restitution payments and cy pres funds.