With Pier 55’s dead end, a billionaire with big plans for a public park seems to have finally gone too far. What should cities and donors learn from its collapse?
The Pisces Foundation has been building out niche green programs in water infrastructure, climate pollutants, and now, environmental education. Its leaders explain what Pisces is up to.
The Walton Family Foundation is a major grantmaker for national and global environmental work, but this funder also has a big local presence in Arkansas, where it supports parks and greenspace.
A plan to cap a stretch of highway and reconnect Philadelphia to its waterfront has been in the works for decades. It’s now very close, thanks in part to a $15 million grant.
Quite a bit of parks philanthropy has a personal connection. Such history explains why the McCormick Foundation in Chicago recently gave big for a suburban park.
Add Austin to the list of cities where foundations are backing prominent downtown parks projects. How's the usual public-private formula working out in this case?
In this new golden age of parks philanthropy, we keep coming across more donors who are putting this issue front and center in their giving. Here's another interesting case.
The James M. Cox Foundation is known as a big parks and gardens funder around Atlanta, and a new $2 million commitment further solidifies its position.
Can crowdfunding and participatory grantmaking offer a community-led way to make parks and other civic projects come to life, without big donors calling the shots? The firm Patronicity thinks so.
Evidence keeps rolling in that urban parks are a favored cause among today's top givers. The latest major donor in this space is hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin.
One top priority of this organization is promoting new public-private partnerships with an eye toward improving LA's 450 parks.
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.
The William Penn Foundation is putting $100 million into a city-wide project in Philly that, if successful, could offer an example of how to do more equitable, holistic parks philanthropy.
As cities build ambitious parks with a combination of public and private funds, they're grappling with questions of how much influence donors should have. The latest struggle is unfolding in Dallas.
Philanthropy has helped create great parks in U.S. cities, but can also feed into inequality and gentrification. A group of funders wants new public spaces to actually bridge economic divides—how much can they help?
As a $100 million donation establishes a new national monument, and anxiety builds over corporate partnerships, we take a look at the past, future, and pitfalls of national parks philanthropy.
An effort to connect the entire East Coast with protected bike paths has been pedaling along since 1991. The nonprofit behind the effort has been on fire lately. Here's what is driving its mix of public and private support.
The projects backed by Bloomberg’s Public Art Challenge, including a 16-site meditation on LA’s water, are just the latest demonstration of the compelling combo of art and environmental work.
Kresge’s unique approach to food connects it to culture and placemaking in low-income neighborhoods. The huge number of applicants shows how big a philanthropic issue local food is becoming.