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Better Future Project (BFP) provides experienced guidance and training to student groups pushing universities to divest their endowments from fossil fuel stocks. BFP has been supporting the campus divestment movement since August 2012. As this movement launched, 350.org hired field staff in every region except New England, where 350.org instead provided BFP directly with funding to hire our own Campus Divestment Organizer from 2012-2015. BFP has been proud to use that funding to help the New England divestment campaigns make tremendous strides, and after 350.org changed their field model, we have been proud to continue supporting student leaders through other funding sources starting in the fall of 2015.
Our efforts have focused on universities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, where we have seen multiple first-in-the-nation steps forward, such as the first successful student referendum on divestment and the first arrest of the campus divestment movement, both at Harvard University. BFP played a key role in connecting and supporting the six core schools that came together to launch the Multi-School Fossil Free Divestment Fund, a fund to which alumni can make tax-deductible, interest-earning donations that will go to their alma maters when the schools divest. Early in 2015, after sustained pressure from students guided by BFP’s Campus Divestment Organizer, Lesley College announced plans to divest from direct holdings in fossil fuel companies.
“I came into this knowing absolutely nothing about how to build a movement on campus, let alone win divestment. Better Future Project has helped me grow as a leader in all aspects of the divestment campaign, including gathering student and faculty support, negotiating with our president, and planning actions and events. I can safely say Lesley never would have divested if not for Better Future Project’s campaign strategy support and mentorship.”
-Emilia McGrath, junior at Lesley University