The Libra Foundation is updating its environment program, centering racial justice and those closest to the problems—and staying open to new ideas. The shift is an example of how more funders are embracing bottom-up approaches.
The billionaire’s $500 million Beyond Carbon initiative is a landmark in environmental philanthropy. But will it be a new kind of climate funding effort, out to shift power and follow the lead of groups on the ground? Or another top-down, technocratic effort?
Ben Delo is the latest big donor to embrace effective altruism. But in an unusual twist, he’s focusing on catastrophic future threats like climate change. Will Delo’s move prod like-minded givers to tackle complex, long-term problems?
As an early funder, Wallace Global Fund helped the Sunrise Movement shift the conversation around U.S. climate policy. The fund’s leadership explains how and why it backs social movements, including with a new, $1 million commitment to the Green New Deal.
To make the best of its modest resources, the Solidago Foundation has been looking to go beyond grantmaking into organizing other funders, and experimenting with new ways to move wealth and build power. We get an inside view of how that’s working out.
Even as the effects of climate change have become more visible and devastating, few higher ed donors prioritize this issue. Which is why a $50 million gift to Penn earmarked for research on energy is both anomalous and encouraging.
The producer of the wildly successful broadway hit “Hamilton” and his partner recently launched a foundation. Driven by worries about climate change and deforestation, they’re backing work by scientists to clone “Champion Trees.”
The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund is a relatively new effort to support grassroots work by underrepresented communities. But with the backing of major foundations, its grantmaking has been growing fast and it’s picking up some wins.
A growing array of grantmaking funds are offering connections to the grassroots and underfunded arenas of climate action. We look at the key players in this expanding space, along with who’s backing them and where grants are going.
Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.
In countries struggling with environmental threats like deforestation, the news media—and robust, reliable local reporting—can be the only way to draw attention to what’s happening. Backing such work in the mission of the Earth Journalism Network.
A small cadre of foundations and nonprofits has been expanding efforts to improve understanding and funding for Native -related causes. One important focus is fueling Native youth activism, work that has been been picking up steam in recent years.
The Solutions Project has drawn attention and accolades as a forward-thinking climate grantmaker. After a shock to its funding base and a period of evaluation, the celebrity-backed organization is entering a new phase.
The Tyler Prize honors environmental scientists. This year’s awardees: a meteorologist who made early climate models and the scientist who came up with the famous “hockey stick” temperature graph—only to be embroiled in “Climategate.”
Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are among a growing number of philanthropists focused on ocean health. Like other Silicon Valley givers in this space, they see a role for tech—most recently getting behind an Ocean Solutions Accelerator.
The Meyer Memorial Trust in Oregon has been organizing its grantmaking around equity for a couple of years now. In its most recent round of environmental grants, it launched several collaborations with Native American tribes that are worth a close look.
The Oak Foundation plays a unique role among the largest climate funders. Now that the foundation has shifted away from backing climate work in the U.S., program officer Nathan Argent fills us in on its top priorities in a world that’s warming quickly.
Before he died last fall, the billionaire Paul Allen built up a powerful in-house capacity at his company, Vulcan Inc., to tackle urgent issues like wildlife protection and climate change. IP editor David Callahan takes an inside look at its unique strategy for impact.
Climate change is making storms more destructive, with recent hurricanes among the costliest and deadliest on record—especially in the Caribbean. Some foundations are backing work to help islands prepare for growing impacts.
Even as some wonder about the sustainability of nonprofit news, plenty of money keeps flowing to leading outlets. A good example is InsideClimate News, which recently pulled in a high-profile $1 million grant. Where does the rest of its funding come from?
An initiative advocating for a diverse environmental movement recently gave green NGOs and foundations low scores, yet again. Many funders aren’t even participating in this effort to track diversity data. What’s that about? And what are the larger stakes here?
With stresses and shocks to U.S. society growing, and government in retreat in many places, a growing range of funders is keen to bolster civil society’s role in promoting resilience. We look at a unique effort along these lines under way in Arizona.
While there’s a growing focus by funders on helping communities adapt to climate change, local groups in vulnerable areas still struggle to get attention from major foundations. Players like the Bayou Community Foundation in Louisiana are helping fill the gap.
With less than $1 million from small donors and foundations, the Sunrise Movement made a big impact on the national climate policy conversation in 2018. As it fundraises and expands, will philanthropy support its scrappy approach?
Coping with sea level rise, forest fires, and droughts will require new kinds of local collective action and governance. Philanthropy is uniquely suited to help lead the way—and is already starting to do exactly that, according to guest contributor Peter Teague.
A new show that spotlights women on the frontlines of the climate fight has drawn growing grant support. It’s a case study of how foundations can back experiments in storytelling and elevate the voices of outsiders.
MacArthur continues to develop its climate program since it launched in 2015 with a big play to bolster U.S. climate leadership. Lately, the foundation has been focusing a lot on Asia, where greenhouse gas emissions are rising fast.
Patagonia’s announcement that it’s donating $10 million it saved from the GOP’s corporate tax cut is not so surprising given the company’s history of taking political stands and backing grassroots groups. Where do its grants go?
Ohio helped swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and the GOP controls both the governorship and state legislature there. But the Gordon Gund Foundation keeps working against the tide to advance a progressive agenda.
The Keeling Curve Prize is a notable philanthropic competition in that it’s entirely about climate change. It also opts to give small amounts to multiple winners working in many fields instead of betting on one big idea.
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.