ASAP is thrilled to announce that the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact (AmFam Institute) is providing the ASAP JEDI Fund with a $10,000 sponsorship to catalyze the Fund’s third year. This generous gift provides financial stability for the Fund, enabling us to grow its impact as we pursue a more just, equitable, inclusive, and diverse adaptation and resilience field.
“We are thrilled to partner with ASAP to support equity by explicitly allocating resources to ensure underrepresented professionals have access to opportunities and resources to support their professional development. In doing so, we are prioritizing the wisdom and lived experience of these individuals in the climate adaptation and community resilience conversations,” said Beth Churchill, community impact consultant with the AmFam Institute.
Through this partnership, we will continue supporting adaptation professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, or as having limited financial resources to pursue professional development opportunities and compensating them for contributions to our network programs. The JEDI Fund helps awardees grow while strengthening the ASAP Network and the adaptation field.
Celebrate the JEDI Fund
Join us in celebrating one recent awardee, Camilla Lizundia! With the support of the ASAP JEDI Fund, Camilla could attend the October 2022 National Adaptation Forum in Baltimore, Maryland. “Attending the conference was an excellent opportunity to learn from practitioners who aim to be intersectional in an effort to demonstrate the integrated nature of successful adaptation work.”
We are looking forward to seeing just how far the JEDI Fund will reach this year! Thank you to the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and to all past and future JEDI Fund supporters. Through your generosity, we are shifting resources – and ultimately power – for a more climate-resilient world.
About the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact
The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact is a venture capital firm and partner of choice for exceptional entrepreneurs who are building scalable, sustainable businesses in a long-term effort to close equity gaps in America. It also recognizes that capacity building and supporting organizations and experts who have been working toward social causes are equally important in making a positive impact within our communities around the country.
About the JEDI Fund
ASAP established the ASAP Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fund in April 2021, in response to the commitments outlined in ASAP’s JEDI Statement. ASAP’s permanent staff members at the time provided a seed contribution, and the Fund has benefitted from the generosity of the ASAP network over the past two years. The JEDI Fund supports adaptation professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, or having limited financial resources as they build their professional capacity and share their knowledge and expertise through ASAP programs.