The Southern Cumberland Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot in the South that’s uniquely suited to support species in a changing climate. We dig into a successful conservation push in the region.
$3 billion in recent climate pledges shows that funders are taking a more urgent stance on a global crisis. Is this just the beginning of a much larger wave of support? And why are some people so skeptical of the new commitments?
The summit showcased a key strength of philanthropy: the ability to play an insider role within elite systems—while also backing outsiders from grassroots groups demanding a seat at the table.
A quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, deforestation and other land use. Which explains why nine foundations just committed $459 million to elevate land-use climate solutions.
A new report finds that individual commitments from cities, businesses and regions can make a significant impact to curb climate change—but not enough to avoid dangerous warming. What does this mean for funders?
The Keck Foundation is known for giving to transformative science and undergraduate research and education. In its latest round of giving, one Oregon school will set up a lab for undergrads to study smart grid technology.
Kresge released an outside assessment of its giving at the intersection of climate, equity and urban water. It identified needs in the sector for more education and funding—especially of community-based leaders.
The Sea Change Foundation has given $500 million toward climate work to date, operating with almost no public profile—and drawing suspicion as a result. Now, its founders—Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons—are going public.
Environmental journalism is a popular niche in media philanthropy. One foundation-backed fellowship is supporting coverage of climate solutions that work toward a more equitable and democratic future, often known as just transition work.
Carbon capture and storage describes a set of potential climate solutions that have proven both bipartisan and divisive. With backing from a few influential funders, proponents have made some big moves recently.
Four grantmakers created a fund to attract more dollars to ground-level climate work, including by women, youth and indigenous peoples. That requires making a pitch to the sector about this powerful, overlooked strategy.
While climate change is often described as a time-urgent existential threat, few funders or nonprofits fully act on that belief. The Climate Mobilization Project was founded to do just that. Who’s supporting it?
Guest contributors Rachel Pritzker and Ted Nordhaus argue that green funders need to invest in a much wider array of organizations and approaches if they hope to move the needle on climate change.
The Hewlett Foundation responds to a recent critique of how top funders have steered climate action. philanthropy has done a lot of good, Hewlett’s leaders say, and we need way more of it.
Kresge’s green giving is not quite like any other large foundation’s, entirely supporting climate resilience in cities, and with a unique focus on equity. We take a deep dive into its environmental program.
Foundations have played a major role in steering action to address climate change. A new study analyzes recent funding trends and raises hard questions about whether funders have made the right bets.
Community engagement is the name of the game for the latest round of matching grants from a group of funders who want to see more voices at the table in conversations about urban sustainability.
In U.S. philanthropy, there’s often an impulse to take the big bet, or back powerful NGOs. But the activists who win the Goldman Prizes show that there are many ways to achieve victories.
If widely adopted, battery storage could hasten the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. There’s a bunch of ways that foundations can help make this happen.
Audubon has scored big grants for its growing climate change work, appealing to funders hoping to engage the right on the issue. The latest $10 million comes from a unexpected source.
This is not a time for the holders of "society's risk capital" to play it safe, with payout strategies that stay the same in the face of urgent threats. The Wallace Global Fund is one foundation that gets that.
Making cities sustainable and resilient demands more money than philanthropy can provide, but foundations are trying to grease the wheels for private investment. A case in point is how Rockefeller is helping Atlanta.
The JPB Foundation is a rising funder with programs in poverty and the environment. One interest is clean energy in low-income communities, and a new grant backs HBCUs to plan nationwide projects.
A fund supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation backs projects weaving together climate change adaptation into conservation efforts. This year’s round adds a new priority of climate mitigation.
The Standing Rock water protectors were finalists for MIT’s hugely popular Disobedience Award, and the recognition sparked a new fellowship for renewable energy, water and food projects.
The climate adaptation field is growing, but especially in the Trump era, is in serious need of more funding and better coordination. That’s one finding from a Kresge-backed report.
A unique, compelling example of a philanthropic competition will help Indonesia get a grip on an outsized environmental threat: the destruction of peatlands that store vast quantities of carbon.
The Oak Foundation, a global funder, kicked off a new Climate Justice Resilience Fund in 2016. The project has a new backer, the Kendeda Fund, and has been rolling out its first grants.
The George Gund Foundation is a prominent funder of community work in Ohio, but it’s also active in climate, energy, and sustainability. We take a look at what it’s been up to.
It's great that Gates is focusing more on climate change. But its new move reflects the funder’s controversial drive to reshape agriculture in poor countries and its fixation on technology to solve problems.
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.