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.
Nature-focused legacy institutions like zoos and gardens are finding creative ways to engage the public and appeal to funders, including the billionaire donor class. A major gift to the Chicago Botanic Garden shows this dynamic in action.
Each year, Americans spend more than $160 billion a year on food that’s never eaten—even as hunger and food insecurity remain a chronic problem. Can a new nonprofit accelerator, backed by the Walmart Foundation, help change that?
In a conservation push with few parallels in philanthropy, Walton has given many millions of dollars to ensure a healthy future for one of America’s most important rivers. Along the way, it’s become an unlikely—and controversial—power player on Western water issues.
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.”
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.
The Conservation Alliance is a network of outdoor industry companies coming together and making grants to protect the wild lands they rely on. Members pool dues and vote on grantees, mimicking the popular giving circle model at the corporate level.
Richard Leeds and Anne Kroeker moved to the Pacific Northwest to work in tech. Awed by the region’s wild beauty, they became deeply involved in the land trust movement, supporting a wide range of projects over many years.
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.
A $20 million gift seeks to increase accessibility for underrepresented and first-generation students to Duke’s School of the Environment. It comes at a moment when there’s growing acknowledgement that green groups must do more to diversify their ranks in an era of rapid demographic change.
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.
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?
There’s plenty in the philanthropy of energy companies to inspire cynicism. But given the expanding grantmaking of firms like NW Natural, it’s important for nonprofits—including green groups—to pay attention to who’s making grants and how to get in on the action.
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.
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.