With funders facing roadblocks in Washington, D.C. and many states, now's a good moment to focus new attention on making change in another all-important arena: corporations and the private sector.
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is devoted to social and economic justice in the South. That translates, in part, to regional grants at the intersection of equity and the environment.
With investments in new clean tech falling, the PRIME Coalition is helping donors use charitable giving to invest in for-profit energy startups. Here's how it works.
Honda’s got a handful of responsibility initiatives you might expect—CO2 reductions and STEM education, for example. But now, it's turning to giving for marine ecosystems and climate. Why?
Mike Bloomberg renewed his commitment to shutting down U.S. coal plants with another $64 million. But with coal on the ropes, where might the billionaire look next on climate change?
The Microsoft billionaire is granting $4 million to an NOAA researcher to take a marine climate research project to new depths. The grant comes amid signs that more climate change funding may be on the way.
We’ve watched the movie star's outfit grow from a pet project to a sizable institutional grantmaker. Now, the foundation has done its biggest round of funding yet. Here's where the money is going.
Mars was one of the corporations that came out against Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, the candy and food maker is putting $1 billion to the climate cause.
Mike Bloomberg has been a major opponent of the Trump administration, especially its environmental agenda. His foundation is now helping state attorneys fight the federal government over rollbacks.
The Packard Foundation is expanding its interest in agriculture’s environmental impact, informed by its global grantmaking, with a new program backing sustainable farming in Africa and Indonesia.
Since 2013, the Overbrook Foundation has sought to make the environmental movement more impactful, focusing on equity and building alliances across issues.
After years of lagging support for movement building on climate change, new funding is starting to flow. We talk to Roger Kim about what the Democracy Alliance is doing on this front.
Let's stop buying the excuse that top philanthropists can’t find smart ways to give away more of their wealth—and start pushing them harder to give more and give now.
There’s a new green prize, backed by Pritzker money. Nominees range from scientists to activists, with a catch—all must be under 40. Who's in the running so far?
The Hewlett Foundation is one of the top environmental grantmakers in the country, and it’s currently reevaluating its climate and energy giving, with climate finance becoming a big priority.
Since Hurricane Sandy, foundations have been backing a plan to finance resilient construction in coastal areas. Funders and lenders are now pooling $8 million behind a company’s creative funding mechanism.
While the Dakota access pipeline is built, the Standing Rock Sioux’s fight for clean water and energy independence continues, and the Wallace Global Fund is backing the tribe.
We've said it before and now we'll say it again: With the U.S. public still largely checked out on climate change, it's time for funders to get behind bigger efforts to change people's opinions and behavior.
The Pisces Foundation has been building out niche green programs in water infrastructure, climate pollutants, and now, environmental education. Its leaders explain what Pisces is up to.
Small grantmakers comprise a huge part of the growth in philanthropy in recent decades. We take a look at how one young couple is updating their family’s giving and making some interesting grants.
A lot has changed since MacArthur got into the climate game in 2015. Facing roadblocks in Washington, its latest round of U.S.-based funding focuses on business, state, and community action.
Crowdfunding is getting more specialized. A case in point: a new platform to raise funds for environmental projects called WorthWild.
He's a top supporter of the push to shut down coal plants. Now, he’s giving to help communities rebound from the industry’s decline—backing a growing movement for "just transition."
The Environmental Grantmakers Association is mostly made up of domestic funders. But it wants to see more grant dollars flowing to places like Africa, and it's working to educate its members.
It's hard to change public policy without first changing society's attitudes, and that's certainly true on environmental issues. We look at a philanthropist in Virginia who gets that fact.
With deforestation again on the rise in the critical Amazon Basin, with biodiversity and the global climate at stake, we look at how Moore is adding new resources to its conservation work here.
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.
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.