Two clean energy experts explain how new forms of solar and battery-powered energy could soon be accessible to all, with the right help from funders.
While many philanthropic leaders have been subdued in response to early moves by the Trump administration, some donors like Tom Steyer are openly livid. But what’s a billionaire to do?
Access to energy is a linchpin of advancing sustainable global development forward. Some funders invest capital, others focus on grants. Among the companies raking in the former is d.light.
The Bay Area is one of many urban regions threatened by rising sea levels. Rockefeller is backing an effort there to get ahead of the curve, replicating a design competition used in NYC after Sandy.
With global warming profoundly affecting ecosystems, more conservation groups are stepping up to engage the climate issue. We look at a new initiative by the Land Trust Alliance, backed by Doris Duke.
OK, so 2016 wasn't fantastic. But it wasn't all bad, and philanthropy backed exciting grassroots movements, city projects, and sustainable development work, to name a few bright spots.
Nonprofits of all stripes are beginning to see climate mitigation as part of their agenda, including churches. We take a look at the Episcopal Church's grantmaking in this area.
Now in its second year, MacArthur’s climate program continues to find its legs, with giving exceeding $100 million. That includes the program’s first grants toward India, totaling $18 million.
The number of foundations that have committed to divesting from fossil fuel holdings continues to grow, forming a leadership role in a movement that has now snowballed to $5 trillion. When will more follow?
The Dakota Access oil pipeline fight demonstrates the power of rapidly funding direct action and community-led movements. But that requires changing some key norms of philanthropy.
Traditional grantmaking dollars can only go so far when it comes to tackling climate change. Which is why Packard is keen to help a carbon offset effort that aims to attract large private investments.
Bank of America's foundation is a surprisingly robust environmental funder, with an eye on clean energy in developing countries. Who knew?
The Emerald Cities Collaborative is working to ensure low-income communities of color have a strong role in city sustainability efforts. Who's writing the checks?
The growing Oak Foundation has been on the move this year, making big shifts within its environment program. The latest development sets aside $20 million for the underfunded cause of climate justice.
To create an institute focused on society’s energy problems, Dartmouth accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the project's credibility.
Toyota has been taking all kinds of steps lately to secure its role as one of the more forward-thinking car companies. That includes a green energy research fellowship, just making its second annual round of grants.
Mark Ruffalo’s The Solutions Project has quickly grown into a legit clean energy campaign, and in the past year, a grantmaker. Here's a look at its plan to deploy nimble community-based grants.
Foundation grantmaking is tiny compared to what’s needed to hit global climate targets. It’s a crucial moment for funders to use the power of their investments. Here's a roundup of what funders have been up to.
The latest prize to solve a specific environmental problem aims to rein in the destruction of peatlands. How bad a climate problem is this? Oh man, so bad—we're talking a "virtual carbon bomb."
Hewlett’s climate program has recently given more to energy work in India than it has in previous years. We take a look at what’s driving the move and where the money is going.
As Boston’s John Merck Fund spends down, one of its top priorities is to leave behind a stronger and more sustainable food system in New England—no small task.
There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent?
Heising-Simons is an emerging force in science and climate funding. One initiative that crosses over between the two is paleoclimatology—mining the earth’s past to understand the impacts of rising temperatures.
InsideClimate News and similar nonprofits are thriving, in spite of worries about independence and sustainability in philanthropy-supported media. With a new $1.5 million grant, ICN is pushing its model even further.