Everyone Deserves Opportunity
Our purpose is to provide all people with a way to combat climate change and inequality by empowering them to directly fund a swift transition to clean energy in a way that measurably benefits disadvantaged communities.
Our work is guided by 3 core principles:
Solving big problems requires big ideas. When challenged, we collaborate and innovate rather than settling.
Charity at its best means no need for future charity — we will always strive to work ourselves out of a job, and our participation in any community should leave no need for our help in the future.
Everyone has the right to know how our donations are being spent, and have access to the resources to track their progress.
What Makes InOurHands Unique?
We've built a model that doesn't stop. When you donate to InOurHands, that money never stops fighting. We know it sounds crazy: We actually spend much more than 100% of your donation. We don't blame you if it sounds a little suspicious. Watch the animation to find out how we do it.
100% Spent on Projects
We take every bit of every dollar you donate and use it to finance community-owned renewable energy projects in marginalized communities.
100% Local Benefit
Our projects produce local energy, which creates local revenue.
Locally-owned renewables mean energy security and independence from fluctuations in the energy market.
100% Community Owned
That new cashflow can provide financial support for local projects and, over time, repay the cost of the installation.
Every dollar that comes back to InOurHands goes straight to funding more projects. Once the model starts, it never stops!
Suhasini (Su) Ghosh
Founding Partner & Content Creator
Su majored in Environmental Studies at Amherst College. She's passionate about exploring culturally appropriate, qualitative metrics to craft holistic solutions to problems of environmental injustice, and exploring the intersections between the environment and public health. Su Remains at Amherst College helping to head up the sustainability department.
Malinda (Lindy) Labriola
Founding Partner & Content Creator
Lindy is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Amherst College, where she studied English and Geology, focusing on indigenous literature and climatology, respectively. Lindy is currently on a Fulbright Fellowship studying the social impacts of climate change in the Arctic Circle. She's particularly passionate about building resilient communities, strengthened by empathy and environmental cooperation.
Christopher P. (Crispy) Ellis
Founding Partner and Director of Installations and Education
Crispy is a journeyman electrician, NABCEP certified solar installer, former professor of renewable energy, chief judge in the United States for freestyle skiing, and has experience as general manager of solar installations up-to-and-including MegaWatt scale systems. He's passionate about creating opportunities to train students of all ages on the ins-and-outs of solar installations, and using that medium to make STEM education exciting and fun.
Grants Director & Content Creator
Elizabeth is a writer, artist, and teacher passionate about consulting and aiding nonprofits on their journey toward making our planet an all around better place. She lives in Los Angeles and spends most of her time teaching children's yoga, writing and illustrating kids books, and researching innovative ways to expand IOH. She believes in a better tomorrow and allows this drive to propel her in all things.
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Aaron graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College with degrees in both Bio-Chemistry/Bio-Physics and Planetary Science and comes from a background of community service as a paramedic. He is a published co-author in the journal Nature, and has worked with NASA and SwRI in support of the New Horizons mission. He is an experienced blacksmith and carpenter. He's passionate about egalitarianism and unleashing the tools of the 21st century to solve some of our most pressing problems, and to do it in a way that connects people, builds communities, and empowers us all to live the change we seek.
Co-founder & President
Jason graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College with degrees in both Environmental Studies and Geology. He has worked with NASA and SwRI in support of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, as well as in support of the Mars Curiosity and Mars 2020 missions, and has over a decade of experience in the construction industry. Passionate about planetary science, sustainable development, social justice, economics, and all things living, he strives to find innovative solutions to some of our world’s most pressing systematic problems.