With its rise in private wealth, China has a growing population of billionaire philanthropists. One such donor just committed $20 million to big cats, with plans ultimately to give $1.5 billion.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
This environment experiment is a unique example of a passion project shepherded into existence by a private donor. It's also producing some useful research findings, which is why the donor is sticking with it.
Livestock grazing practices affect a huge swath of land in the U.S., with far-reaching environmental consequences. Which is why a small grantmaker is zeroing in on this niche.
The National Park Foundation has ramped up private fundraising, and a big recent grant seeks to engage more students and teachers with the parks through science education.
Conservation needs research, but it also needs research to go beyond academic settings. Here's a foundation that supports early career scientists working on applied solutions to biodiversity threats.
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.
A strength of philanthropy is its support of "out-there" ideas. A perfect example is the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, a long-running sustainability competition that seeks solutions from many fields.
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.
We talk a lot about health and a lot about the environment, but what about the intersection of the two? IP recently spoke to Bay Area philanthropist Alison Carlson to find out about her Forsythia Foundation, which aims to reduce the harmful chemicals in our lives.
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?
Walton is one of the biggest funders of ocean and rivers work, with a keen interest in market-based strategies. Funding is down a bit, but still substantial. We check in on the latest grantmaking.
The Claneil Foundation has been making grants in the Philadelphia region and beyond for about 40 years. Its new strategy looks at three closely intertwined issues.
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.
The Goldman Prize is one of our favorite philanthropic awards, highlighting unsung, courageous heroes in environmental activism. Here are a few things you might not know about the program.
Crowdfunding is getting more specialized. A case in point: a new platform to raise funds for environmental projects called WorthWild.
The Christensen Fund is a unique family foundation that backs environmental and cultural work, with a focus on indigenous peoples and food sovereignty, including in the American Southwest.
Our National Parks are a worthy and important cause, but Donald Trump’s donation of his first quarter’s salary represents some of the worst qualities we see in philanthropy.
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.
As Myanmar has opened to the world, experiencing growing development, it faces new environmental threats. Some large NGOs and funders are scrambling, with a special eye on marine areas.
Big changes are happening in America's cities, including new parks and infrastructure, that are raising tough questions about equity and power. Enter a funders collaboration with big ambitions.
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.
The Wyss Foundation has been branching out in a big way in recent years. The latest donation treads familiar ground—land protection—although this time in Africa, and with a remarkably high dollar amount.
Billionaire couple Peter and Cynthia Kellogg steadily support the environment through their family foundation. We take a look at the deeply personal story that motivates some of this giving.
The Marcus Foundation thinks of food in the short and long terms, giving to both hunger and sustainability. We take a look at some key projects of this Denver-based funder.
The Powdermill Nature Reserve is a protected slice of Appalachia that’s offered a window into its ecosystems for 60 years. A regional funder is helping it up its game—including use of drones to study the landscape.
Climate change is increasingly reshaping the way funders and nonprofits approach conservation, as we've reported before. We look at yet another grant that underscores this growing linkage.
The Oscar winning director has had a complicated record in politics, and conservation, but longtime California landowner Clint Eastwood just completed a 20-year-plus effort to protect a chunk of Big Sur.
Food waste in the U.S. is still an emerging philanthropic issue, but it's fast drawing in more funders, including the small-but-scrappy family foundation of a Priceline co-founder.
The Goldman Prize winners should be an eye-opener to environmental funders. They reflect a level of diversity and grassroots activism in marginalized communities that's often lacking in green philanthropy.
Apple is making a big splash with its Apps for Earth initiative, devoting some of its sales and app content to green issues. Is it a PR stunt or meaningful philanthropy?
Hewlett has been funding Pew Charitable Trusts’ work to protect North America’s boreal forest for more than a decade. We take a look at what this huge initiative has accomplished.
The EGA’s latest trends report shows rising environmental philanthropy, and some exciting growing areas like global giving, sustainable agriculture, and transportation. It also reflects some shortfalls.