Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQs

Why does GreenCheck focus on Most Affected Peoples and Areas (MAPA)?


Our focus on redirecting resources towards MAPA groups stems from the belief that the most impactful action against the climate crisis is taken by people at the frontlines. This is because those on the margins are the ones currently experiencing the future that the rest of the world is trying to avoid, and as such, are innovating solutions in realms of resilience, adaptation, and regeneration. In addition to possessing the experiences, knowledge(s), and urgency necessary for deriving the most effective solutions, MAPA is also where the transformational impact per unit of resource is the highest, especially if supported in a decentralized manner that centres the needs of the community.




How is GreenCheck different from other organizations that also allow me to donate to climate groups?


Primarily, we have an explicit aim of making climate action-related financial ‘giving’ (which we call ‘supporting’), more equitable and just by breaking down hierarchical relationships between donors (who we call ‘Supporters’) and Partner Groups. While this allows for greater ownership and discretion over usage of funds, our emphasis on building relationships beyond one-off acts of financial support also differentiates us from most other platforms, stressing the importance of community and kinship in achieving lasting climate action. We also underline the two-way exchange between Supporters and Partners, with resources such as finance, time, and networks being mobilized by partners who are best placed to maximize the potential of their impact, in exchange for imparting their traditional wisdom, local expertise, and experiential stories to support supporters on their climate action journeys.




How can I be sure that the money will go to the Partners?


GreenCheck builds extensive, trust-based relationships with each of the Partners, with regular interactions aimed toward ensuring that their stories, needs, activities and visions are clearly communicated to our audience of supporters and allies. In addition to continued updates communicated directly by our Partners through the website and mailing lists indicating the receipt and usage of financial resources shared by Supporters, Partners' engagement on our online community platform ‘Hylo’ enable Supporters to have surety of the impact generated. Finally, our transparency-premised reporting protocol clearly states the amount of money collected, dates on which it is sent, as well as the purposes for which it is used and the local transformations that we help facilitate.




Is there a minimum donation amount?


No, any amount makes a difference! However, we do strongly encourage supporters to make their donation a recurring one as our goal is to build lasting and long-term relationships between Supporters and Partners.




Are my donations tax deductible?


Unfortunately, monetary contributions made to GreenCheck and our Partners are not tax deductible at the moment. We are working on changing this in the near future!




Who are Partner Groups, Supporters, and Community Members?


Partner Groups are the community-led climate action groups innovating solutions to our planetary crisis through just, equitable and regenerative projects in the most affected parts of the world. Learn more about becoming a Partner in the partners FAQs section or on this page! Supporters are individuals who donate and/or volunteer their time with a GreenCheck Partner Group. Learn more about becoming a supporter on this page! Community Members are individuals and organizations that are a part of our GreenCheck Community networking platform. Community Members are engaged in climate action and support the growth of GreenCheck’s co-creative community spaces through resource-sharing and friendship-building. Learn more about GreenCheck Community in the FAQs section or on this page!





FAQs about GreenCheck Partners

What does it mean to be a GreenCheck Partner Group?


Community-led climate action group that receives access to: 1. funding via donations from GreenCheck Supporters, 2. GreenCheck Communities networking platform, and 3. capacity building support from GreenCheck team Learn more about expectations for GreenCheck Partner groups here.




What are the selection criteria for Partner Groups?


You can read more about our selection criteria on the Become a Partner page.
Partners are selected based on a robust but flexible criteria oriented towards maximizing the presence of our three formative values - solidarity, equity and transparency. As such, all partners groups must necessarily:

  • be community-centered - in that they work for the benefit of local communities and ideally are led in a manner where the community collectively makes decisions
  • be able to legally accept funds - either directly through a registered entity or through allies working closely with them for an extended period of time
  • have a demonstrable need - through projects that already exist with clear goals and lack the financial support needed to progress substantially
  • be long-term - and not one off projects whose impact is limited to short-term outcomes.




What is the selection process like for Partner Groups?


Once primary contact has been established with a prospective partner, either through our own outreach or through a referral by a current partner, supporter, community member or ally, we engage in a live discussion (where possible) to ensure that the preliminary selection criteria has been met. Following this, we evaluate the impact potential of our partner through engaging with regionally located experts who help us understand the level of commitment to change based on their historic and current activities, scope of impact based on the suitability and criticality of their activities within the particular socio-geo-political context, ability to form lasting relationships based on their openness to providing regular updates and engaging in routine dialogue within capacity, and robustness of solution understood through Indigenous or Western scientific assessment of most impactful strategies to combat climate change. Once this understanding is achieved, conducted through live conversations on call or in-person where possible, we evaluate both the relative impact of the partner among the mix of options under consideration as well as our own capacity to be proactive supporters for the project. The final decision rests upon a collective consensus by our core team, with most weightage given to the level to which our partners embody our three core values.




How are Partner Groups’ impact assessed?


Our assessment strategy is grounded in the understanding of impact as a highly contextual phenomena and therefore we have no rigid metrics to gauge the absolute change created by each partner, especially given that are yet to start redirecting financial resources towards our partner groups. However, we have constructed a preliminary framework that enables us to evaluate the work of each partner based on the transformations achieved in the following five realms - ecological, cultural, political, economic and social. In each of these areas respectively, we will endeavour to understand how the partner has contributed to enhancing:

  1. ecosystems and climatic resilience or mitigation,
  2. traditional cultural practices and kinship networks,
  3. internal and external transition of decision-making power to the people,
  4. capacity to engage in meaningful livelihood activities and
  5. solidarity, equity, and justice.




How can my climate action group become a GreenCheck Partner Group?


You can either fill out the form here.

If you are confident of a strong alignment with our vision, you can additionally send a detailed email to contact@greencheck.earth with the subject “Partner Group Collaboration”, sharing the following basic details:

  1. how you meet our basic partner selection criteria (mentioned above and here)
  2. to what extent you match our partner evaluation criteria (mentioned above and here)
  3. how your group’s journey is alignment with our principles





FAQs about GreenCheck Community

What is GreenCheck Community?


In accordance with our mission of going beyond simple ‘one-off’ donations and facilitating lasting relationships between partner groups, community members and supporters, a core component of GreenCheck involves a digital community hosted on the Hylo platform - a tool built for supporting and connecting regenerative groups around the world. This networking platform will be used for the purposes of relationship building among all those part of GreenCheck’s journey, sharing of resources, opportunities and experiences, mutual support and capacity-building, and most importantly - helping establish equal relationships between all participants based on reciprocal exchange.




How can I join GreenCheck Community?


The two straightforward ways of joining the community involve either being part of or an ally of a Partner community, or becoming a Supporter through sharing your financial and/or other resources. If you fall into either of these categories, an invite link will be sent to you upon confirmation of your involvement. However, you can also become a community member if you are an organisation, individual or other informal group that is engaged in projects or activities that align with GreenCheck’s mission, vision and/or values. You can write to us at contact@greencheck.earth with the subject “Request to join GreenCheck community” and share with us:

  • How you fulfill the above requirement and;
  • What you would like to offer to the community and our partners. This could be anything from networks, capacities and expertise to ideas, opportunities and resources.