Organization Name: Fundo Casa Socioambiental

Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Region: Brazil / Latin America
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2022
Fundo Casa Socioambiental (Fundo Casa) are pioneers in the socio-environmental movement, starting in the 1990s and formally founded as an organization in 2005. Their mission is to generate a positive impact in the most diverse territories, investing in communities and creating connections between people and organizations. They provide financial support to local organizations, communities and civil society initiatives focused on environmental conservation, sustainability, democracy, and social justice in South America, and serve as a connector between their grantee partners and larger philanthropies and donors.

Why We Invested

We have invested in Fundo Casa as part of our efforts to be proximate to Indigenous communities. The organization’s legitimacy with Indigenous communities is of great value to our work, helping us learn and hear from Indigenous communities what’s most important to them. Fundo Casa believes that transformation begins by listening to Indigenous voices, which they consider the true protagonists of each cause they embrace. The initiatives they have supported over the decades have mobilized resources, and supported and strengthened the capacities of Indigenous and Quimbola communities. Fundo Casa’s participatory approach involves local communities, allowing projects to be more effective and relevant to the needs of these communities.

Philanthropy for social justice can help build this path, based on the recognition of who are the real protagonists in the transformation processes, recognizing that the decision-making power must belong to the communities themselves, those that, in fact, are on the front lines of racial, gender, health, environmental, climate, housing and other forms of violation of their rights and territories.
Cristina Orpheo and Maria Amália Souza, Fundo Casa