Transportation is the circulatory system of a community. Shifting from our car-dominant systems to more sustainable and equitable options will improve climate, opportunity, health, safety and quality of life. While the words “mobility and access” rarely show up in a foundation’s mission statements, many funders are increasingly attuned to connections between their goals and the shortcomings of our current transportation system.

TFN’s Collaborative on Sustainable Mobility and Equitable Access is an action-oriented effort that recognizes the urgency for ambitious — and quickly implemented — solutions to limit the devastating impacts of climate change. The collaborative brings together place-based, regional and national funders to share stories, examine best practices and explore critical issues. The collaborative recently launched the Mobility Fund, a new matching fund in support of local advocacy.

The collaborative is led by a core group of regional, place-based and national volunteers who are shaping and guiding work on transportation, including funders from the Barr Foundation, The Bullitt Foundation, Houston Endowment, TransitCenter, The George Gund Foundation, The Energy Foundation, The Joyce Foundation and The Summit Foundation.

Connect & Engage

TFN’s Collaborative on Sustainable Mobility and Equitable Access embraces an agenda that includes learning, outreach and action. We work to provide funders with opportunities to share and learn from fellow leaders in philanthropy as well as key thought partners across a variety of sectors. Participants engaged in this funder collaborative have the opportunity to:


  • Deepen their knowledge about critical issues and opportunities related to transportation, mobility and access through funder-only webinars and other learning opportunities.
  • Expand their professional network and explore opportunities for collaboration at in-person meetings of the funder collaborative and other TFN events.
  • Share ideas, insights and resources directly with members of the funder collaborative through a dedicated listserv.
  • Explore opportunities to co-invest or pool funds on high priority projects
  • Amplify their learning and best strategies across TFN communications channels, including blogs, social media and newsletters.


A Call to Action for Local Leaders: Barr Foundation’s Mary Skelton Roberts

TFN Blog

Power for Climate & Communities: The Economic Impact of Water Infrastructure Investments

Webinar Recording

Power for Policy: Mobility & Access Advocacy

Webinar Recording

To Transform Bus Networks, Understand Networks of Power: TransitCenter’s Steven Higashide

TFN Blog

Design Committee

David Bragdon

Lisa Jacobson

Barr Foundation

Elizabeth Love

John Mitterholzer

Mary Skelton Roberts

Barr Foundation

Darryl Young

The Summit Foundation

Learn More

For more information about TFN’s Sustainable Mobility and Equitable Access Funder Collaborative, contact Martha Roskowski
at or 303-895-0951.