Resources by Impact Focus

This page offers a sampling of many resources about those most impacted by climate change and about impacted populations’ and communities’ problem-solving, to reduce climate threats, improve health and community well-being, and advance equity.  Help us improve this resource by suggesting additions or corrections.

For more pointers, see hubs of activity in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that are focused on supporting specific populations or communities.  

Resources Focused on Impacted Populations


Several awards are recognizing leaders of impacted groups and communities for their contributions addressing climate, health, and equity concerns, including: 

Some overviews of climate change impacts on vulnerable or marginalized populations:

Some data tools for assessing at-risk or vulnerable populations or communities:

  • CDC Social Vulnerability Index and National Environmental Health Tracking Network (including links to state and municipal partner sites), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Environmental Justice Index, which uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank the cumulative impacts of environmental injustice on health for every census tract.  Released 2022.

  • EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Neighborhoods by Risk:  Searchable data by census tract for US communities' specific vulnerabilities to climate change, Headwaters Economics

See also listings in Resources by Geographic Focus for state-specific resources.


Resources Focused on Impacted Populations


The following resources are listed in sections about specific impacted populations (by age, race and ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, health status, social and economic status, or work status and occupations).  Following those lists are resources related to specific types of impacted communities (including coastal, indigenous, rural & farm, island, urban, and those with specific climate-related risks). 

Within each section, resources are listed alphabetically by title.  Section categories draw on the Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar) Philanthropic Classification System taxonomy, as well as on the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s “Tracking the Field” database and an EGA/HEFN expanded taxonomy being used to track grants across those networks’ memberships.


Children and Young People

Older People


Black People, Indigenous Peoples, People of Color

(See also Resources by Issue Focus section on Environmental Justice)

Indigenous Peoples

(See also Indigenous Communities section below)


LGBTQ People



People with Diseases and Illnesses

People with Disabilities


Immigrants and refugees

Economically disadvantaged people 


Farmworkers and other outdoor workers

Health care professionals 

Resources Focused on Types of Communities

(See also:  Resources by Geographic Focus)

Coastal communities

Indigenous communities 

(See also Indigenous Peoples section above)

Island communities

Rural and farm communities 

(See also Farmworkers, above)

Urban communities

Communities facing droughts

  • Drought, Climate Change and Health Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health (2016)

  • Drought resources including US Drought Monitor, US Climate Resilience Toolkit

  • Extreme Rainfall and Drought, American Public Health Association climate and health factsheet

  • Lancet Countdown Report 2020 indicators 1.2.1 on health and extreme weather events, 4.1.1 on economic losses from extreme weather events,   Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change (2020)

  • National Integrated Drought Information System,  a multi-agency partnership that coordinates drought monitoring, forecasting, planning, and information at national, tribal, state, and local levels.

  • Resilience Strategies for Drought, Kristiane Huber, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (2018)

Communities facing flooding

Communities facing heat waves

Communities facing hurricanes and other intense weather events

Communities facing wildfires