With the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, Rachel Carson transformed cultural perceptions of conservation by underscoring the interrelationship of our ecosystem and our own well-being. Rachel's Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit named in Carson's honor, has flourished since its inception in 1999, when Winsome McIntosh (at right) convened 17 fellow women philanthropists around a shared commitment to conservation. Together, this Founders' Circle built a "good ol' girls' network" that would empower themselves and like-minded peers to be more effective funders.
Rachel's Network promotes women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth.
True to our pioneers' mission, Rachel's Network continues to build productive alliances among our nearly 100 members who care deeply about the environment, health, and women's empowerment.
While each of us is motivated by our own unique set of interests and influences, we all share Rachel's Network's goals:
1. To develop a strategic network that promotes collective action and unifies the voices of women committed to environmental protection
2. To increase the representation of women environmental advocates on boards of nonprofits, corporations, and government commissions
3. To increase the number and effectiveness of women conservation funders
4. To make the environment a top priority on the national agenda