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?
With freshwater under threat across the West, foundations have stepped up work in this area in recent years. The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, which is spending down by 2020, has been a key player on water issues.
Hansjörg Wyss has been an environmental donor to watch for many years, gradually expanding his philanthropy and public profile. The billionaire just made a big, public increase in his giving. Here’s what we know.
The Alaska Conservation Foundation is more than just a local grantmaker. It's also bringing together multiple stakeholders to protect a vast and wild ecosystem at a moment of political division over the environment.
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.
As a prominent smart growth advocate and program director at Ford, Don Chen worked alongside Surdna as it evolved into an influential social justice funder. We talk to Chen about his future role leading it into its next phase.
Rachel’s Network is a community of women donors supporting environmental work. One of its collective funding projects is opposing Trump’s border wall, which many fear will do damage to both communities and the environment.
We've written about the exploding philanthropy of the billionaire cofounder of Vista Equity Partners, Robert Smith. The other founder, Brian Sheth, is also on the move with his giving.
In part because the Trump administration has taken a shredder to land protections, approaches to conservation in the United States are changing. The Hewlett Foundation is one funder in this space working to adapt.
Environmental activists around the world are facing threats of death, imprisonment, and more. Funders are rallying to this delicate issue, and one pooled fund is offering a coordinated way to back environmental defenders.
Hansjörg Wyss has been branching out into all kinds of green giving in recent years. But Western land is still a core interest, evidenced by a recent gift that will retire oil and gas leases on protected Wyoming land.
Freshwater management has lately emerged as a major philanthropic issue. The Surdna Foundation is a leader in this space, as part of its broader work in backing green infrastructure for sustainability and equity.
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.
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.
Last year, the Arcus Foundation backed Mighty Earth's work to stop forestation by cacao farmers that is pushing chimpanzees toward extinction in Cote d’Ivoire. Big things have happened since. Here's a deep dive into high-impact grantmaking.
A record number of people were killed last year trying to protect the environment around the world. We look at what some funders are doing to provide better security.
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 AT is a beloved stretch of public land and connected footpaths running from Georgia to Maine. A recent $3 million grant spotlights how a conservancy is working to boost fundraising around the trail.
The Nature Conservancy and wealthy donors helped establish marine preserves in Seychelles with a $21 million debt relief plan. We look at how such deals work, criticism, and whether we’ll see more.
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.
Protecting more than 10 million acres of stunning national park land in Chile is a beautiful thing. But getting there wasn’t so pretty. What can we learn from an epic philanthropic quest in Patagonia?
Thanks to a $165 million gift to the Nature Conservancy, a prized tract of California coastland is protected. Will tech’s elite look to the gift as a model for giving? Should it?
Recent years have seen a remarkable surge of money into environmental causes from winners in finance and new green donors from Wall Street keep emerging. Here's another case in point.
The National Park Foundation has become a fundraising powerhouse. How did it achieving soaring levels of private support and what might that mean for the park system? We asked NPF Director Will Shafroth.
A unique new award for environmentalists under 40, chosen from a wide range of fields, shows a fondness for innovation. A satellite data whiz emerged as its first winner.
The Meyer Memorial Trust has been drawing attention for a recent overhaul it made with equity in mind. We take a look at how its green funding is playing out at a moment of flux in environmental grantmaking.
Philanthropy and environmentalism are generally very white spaces. Which is why it's worth paying attention to this fellowship supporting environmental leaders from underrepresented communities.
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.
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.