A clean, abundant water supply is no guarantee, and the Flint crisis and Western drought are only symptoms of larger threats. We look at how more funders are taking on this complex issue.Read More
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 William Penn Foundation has been working for years to protect the Delaware River watershed, a region that provides drinking water for 15 million people. Its grantmaking has pulled nearly every lever you can think of -- from research to advocacy to directly protecting land. Now the foundation is taking it all to the next level with a $35 million initiative.Read More
With an ambitious mandate to preserve and protect the Delaware Watershed, the William Penn Foundation is helping bridge the gap between farmers and municipalities. One recent major grant will underwrite an effort to look more closely at how local farms operate and better understand ways they contribute to water pollution.Read More
The Philadelphia metropolitan area lies in the Delaware watershed, along the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi. Simply put, a watershed is the land that water moves across and under as it flows. This particular watershed provides water for drinking, commercial, industrial, and recreation purposes for over 15 million people in Philadelphia, New York City, and along the east coast.Read More