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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How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative

How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative

Having funded marine microbiology since 2004, the Moore Foundation has announced it will wrap up its initiative in 2021. We talked to program director Jon Kaye about the initiative’s impact, how it decided to move on, and what’s next.

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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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As Sea Levels Rise, This Community Funder is on the Front Lines

As Sea Levels Rise, This Community Funder is on the Front Lines

While there’s a growing focus by funders on helping communities adapt to climate change, local groups in vulnerable areas still struggle to get attention from major foundations. Players like the Bayou Community Foundation in Louisiana are helping fill the gap.

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Unlocking Potential: What a Funder is Doing Around Chicago’s Rivers

Unlocking Potential: What a Funder is Doing Around Chicago’s Rivers

In Chicago, some funders and civic leaders see transforming the city’s extensive river system as an opportunity to advance environmental goals while also bringing people together in creative ways. The Chicago Community Trust is a key leader of this work.

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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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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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Shifting Debates: Awards Spotlight Environmental Research With Impact

Shifting Debates: Awards Spotlight Environmental Research With Impact

The Heinz Family Foundation recently handed out $1.5 million for its annual awards in public policy, environment, arts and more. Half of the recipients this year are environmental researchers making a serious splash in policy.

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The Battle for Oceania: A Billionaire Donor Gives to Save the Seas Down Under

The Battle for Oceania: A Billionaire Donor Gives to Save the Seas Down Under

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest is perhaps the country’s top practitioner of American-style high-dollar philanthropy. Lately, he’s been giving big for marine conservation, butting heads with the national government.

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A Foundation Looks to Better Understand How Plastic Is Polluting the Seas

A Foundation Looks to Better Understand How Plastic Is Polluting the Seas

A global marine conservation funder, the Moore Foundation also has an interest in the environmental struggles of its home, the Bay Area. It’s backing an extensive study of plastic pollution flowing into its waters.

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A Carmaker Launches a Foundation Strictly Backing Oceans and Climate Resilience

A Carmaker Launches a Foundation Strictly Backing Oceans and Climate Resilience

Honda’s got a handful of responsibility initiatives you might expect—CO2 reductions and STEM education, for example. But now, it's turning to giving for marine ecosystems and climate. Why? 

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Water Systems Are In Crisis. How Can Funders Help?

Water Systems Are In Crisis. How Can Funders Help?

Whether they are knee-deep in floodwaters or their tap water is unsafe to drink, millions of Americans face serious water challenges. A new analysis looks at ways philanthropy can address these challenges. 

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Could This Major Grant by Paul Allen Signal Deeper Climate Giving to Come?

Could This Major Grant by Paul Allen Signal Deeper Climate Giving to Come?

The Microsoft billionaire is granting $4 million to an NOAA researcher to take a marine climate research project to new depths. The grant comes amid signs that more climate change funding may be on the way.

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