An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, threatening vital marine ecosystems, and most of it comes from rivers. Can a new partnership between the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Coca-Cola “turn off the tap” of river plastic?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ray Dalio and Michael Bloomberg are quite different mega-donors, but they have a big overlap in their interest in oceans. We take a look at their approaches, and their new partnership.
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 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.
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.
The Nature Conservancy and wealthy donors helped establish marine preserves in Seychelles with a $21 million debt relief plan. We look at how such deals work, criticism, and whether we’ll see more.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has been giving to environment and community issues in Indiana and Arizona since 1997. It’s sharpening focus lately, and just gave $4.9 million to restore a troubled river.
San Francisco-based Mulago Foundation carries on the legacy of the late Rainer Arnhold, a physician and philanthropist. Mulago funds social entrepreneurs in developing countries devoted to scalable impact.
There’s a new green prize, backed by Pritzker money. Nominees range from scientists to activists, with a catch—all must be under 40. Who's in the running so far?
The William Penn Foundation is providing major funding to educate the public about the Delaware River watershed. It's the latest example of Penn's connect-the-dots approach to conservation.
Walton is one of the biggest funders of ocean and rivers work, with a keen interest in market-based strategies. Funding is down a bit, but still substantial. We check in on the latest grantmaking.
Ocean conservation has been a magnet for funders and donors. A new Packard-backed report sheds some light on how this expansive area of philanthropy is growing and changing.
As more funders step forward to deal with the crisis of the oceans, the Packard Foundation commissioned a new guide to the many problems that need to be addressed.
Wendy Schmidt is backing a new high-dollar prize to combat the growing plastic pollution problem. There are things to like about the competition, but corporate involvement has us wary.
Every month, it seems, there’s a big new ocean conservation effort taking shape, backed by some of the country’s wealthiest people. A new web portal hopes to make the movement accessible to all.
Philanthropic action on water issues keeps growing, especially in the parched West. A leader in this space is the Water Foundation, now an independent grantmaker pooling funds from multiple sources.
Marc and Lynne Benioff launched their marine giving last year with a crowdsourced twist. Submissions from the public have led to their first issue: preventing collisions between ships and blue whales.
The NSF and the Keck Foundation are helping a university turn a local river into a research lab, both to engage undergrads and better understand human impacts on fresh water.
Water issues keep drawing more attention from funders, especially in the West. The Moore Foundation, a prominent science and conservation funder, just got in on the action.
OK, so 2016 wasn't fantastic. But it wasn't all bad, and philanthropy backed exciting grassroots movements, city projects, and sustainable development work, to name a few bright spots.
Tiffany & Co. and its head of philanthropy, Anisa Kamadoli Costa, are two names that show up all over marine conservation efforts. We unpack the luxury retailer’s support for oceans and coral reefs.
A federal and state partnership is taking steps to deal with a looming environmental disaster at the Salton Sea, while funders put a $10 million incentive on the table to get it right.
The EPA is cracking down on pollution in Wissahickon Creek, and local nonprofits and the William Penn Foundation are providing one example of how towns can unite to clean up troubled waters.
Among the latest high-dollar philanthropic competitions is a $10 million prize to take on the problem of excess phosphorous in fresh water, with a series of smaller awards along the way.
Protecting the country’s freshwater supply is a huge environmental issue with increasing urgency, but it’s just getting started as a philanthropic cause. Here’s a crash course in the major players.
The Oak Foundation is moving away from its regional approach on marine conservation funding. It’s part of a shift toward a broader global conservation strategy.