“Long Live Real News.” How an Environmental Reporting Site Funds its Work

“Long Live Real News.” How an Environmental Reporting Site Funds its Work

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?

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Mainstream Greens and Funders Are Still Very White—Are They Risking Their Relevance?

Mainstream Greens and Funders Are Still Very White—Are They Risking Their Relevance?

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?

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The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

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.

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Ready for a Fight: Behind a Company’s Long Record of Activist Green Giving

Ready for a Fight: Behind a Company’s Long Record of Activist Green Giving

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?

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Water Work: How the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Protects Fresh Water

Water Work: How the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Protects Fresh Water

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.

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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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How a Conservation Funder Protects One of the World's Last Great Wildernesses

How a Conservation Funder Protects One of the World's Last Great Wildernesses

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.

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At Surdna, Don Chen Looks to Helm a Social Justice Funder That "Punches Above Its Weight"

At Surdna, Don Chen Looks to Helm a Social Justice Funder That "Punches Above Its Weight"

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.

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A Mighty Grant: With Modest Support, This Environmental Group Achieved Big Changes

A Mighty Grant: With Modest Support, This Environmental Group Achieved Big Changes

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. 

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