As an Environmental Funder Charts a New Path, it Looks to Others to Lead the Way

As an Environmental Funder Charts a New Path, it Looks to Others to Lead the Way

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.

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Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

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.

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“Cost-Effective, Scalable Solutions.” Behind a New Push to Reduce Food Waste

“Cost-Effective, Scalable Solutions.” Behind a New Push to Reduce Food Waste

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?

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Inside the Walton Family Foundation’s “Unprecedented” Giving for the Colorado River

Inside the Walton Family Foundation’s “Unprecedented” Giving for the Colorado River

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.

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Why Does Hamilton’s Producer Want to Clone Giant Trees?

Why Does Hamilton’s Producer Want to Clone Giant Trees?

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.”

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The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

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.

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When Outdoor Companies Band Together to Protect Wild Places

When Outdoor Companies Band Together to Protect Wild Places

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.

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Before it’s Too Late: A Wealthy Couple’s Long Journey in Environmental Conservation

Before it’s Too Late: A Wealthy Couple’s Long Journey in Environmental Conservation

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.

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With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

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.

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“Disrupting the Legacy of Colonialism.” An Oregon Funder Partners With Tribes on the Environment

“Disrupting the Legacy of Colonialism.” An Oregon Funder Partners With Tribes on the Environment

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.

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“We Need to Open the Doors.” A Campus Gift to Boost Diversity Among Environmental Leaders

“We Need to Open the Doors.” A Campus Gift to Boost Diversity Among Environmental Leaders

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.

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Inside Vulcan, a New Model for Solving Some of the World’s Biggest Problems

Inside Vulcan, a New Model for Solving Some of the World’s Biggest Problems

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.

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“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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