Where a $1 Billion Pledge for the Environment is Headed So Far

Where a $1 Billion Pledge for the Environment is Headed So Far

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. 

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Hold Your Applause for ExxonMobil’s Self-Serving Climate Donation

Hold Your Applause for ExxonMobil’s Self-Serving Climate Donation

While it’s tempting to welcome a fossil fuel giant’s donation toward climate change policy, ExxonMobil’s $1 million backing of a carbon tax is relatively minuscule, and ultimately serves the corporation’s bottom line.

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Can Philanthropy Help Cities Find the Right Role for Driverless Vehicles?

Can Philanthropy Help Cities Find the Right Role for Driverless Vehicles?

Self-driving vehicles stand to change cities radically, for better or worse, with big implications for equity and the environment. One foundation is trying to give residents more say in how this plays out.

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Rising Seas, Bigger Pledges: Are We Entering a New Era of Climate Philanthropy?

Rising Seas, Bigger Pledges: Are We Entering a New Era of Climate Philanthropy?

$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?

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Nexus: What Can Funders do to Connect Equity, Climate, and Water Systems?

Nexus: What Can Funders do to Connect Equity, Climate, and Water Systems?

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. 

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Top Climate Change Donors Pull Back the Curtain on Their Past and Future Giving

Top Climate Change Donors Pull Back the Curtain on Their Past and Future Giving

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.

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A Philanthropy-Backed Journalism Fellowship Spotlights Equitable Climate Solutions

A Philanthropy-Backed Journalism Fellowship Spotlights Equitable Climate Solutions

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.

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