In Hawaii, Where Climate Change is a Fact of Life, a Community Foundation Gets Proactive

In Hawaii, Where Climate Change is a Fact of Life, a Community Foundation Gets Proactive

Hawaiians are watching climate change unfold before them, with their food, water and land at risk. Here’s what the Hawaii Community Foundation is doing to make the islands more resilient in an era of rising ecological threats.

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Is a Giant University Donation a Sign of the Times for Climate Giving?

Is a Giant University Donation a Sign of the Times for Climate Giving?

A $750 million donation to Caltech for research is a landmark for climate change giving, albeit with the kind of contradictions we’ve come to expect from big philanthropy. It will still likely fund some important work. 

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With Donor Support, a Regional University Looks to be a Leader in Coastal Resiliency

With Donor Support, a Regional University Looks to be a Leader in Coastal Resiliency

While funders are giving to help communities adapt to climate change, support rarely flows to universities. A gift in Virginia shows that this may be starting to change as more coastal schools and their donors look to address growing threats.

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A Bank’s Gifts for Solar Power in Native Communities Raise Hard Questions

A Bank’s Gifts for Solar Power in Native Communities Raise Hard Questions

Wells Fargo is one of the most scandal-ridden banks in the U.S. It also funds environmental work and Native American communities, among other causes. Its recent gifts for renewable energy underscore major tensions in corporate philanthropy.

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New Funding at the Intersection of the Environment and Disability Rights

New Funding at the Intersection of the Environment and Disability Rights

Disability rights is an important component of environmental justice, but one that funders can overlook. Some are paying increasing attention to this intersection, including a collaboration between Ford and Global Greengrants Fund.

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Some Climate Donors, Fed Up with “Gradualism,” Are Getting Behind Protest Movements

Some Climate Donors, Fed Up with “Gradualism,” Are Getting Behind Protest Movements

Philanthropy plays an important support role in climate action, but tends to favor moderate, incremental progress. A new pool of donors says it’s time to raise hell, backing disruptive activism, and hopes others will follow.

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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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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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Game Changer? The Promise and Perils of Bloomberg’s Big New Climate Funding Push

Game Changer? The Promise and Perils of Bloomberg’s Big New Climate Funding Push

The billionaire’s $500 million Beyond Carbon initiative is a landmark in environmental philanthropy. But will it be a new kind of climate funding effort, out to shift power and follow the lead of groups on the ground? Or another top-down, technocratic effort?

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A Young Cryptocurrency Billionaire Turns to Philanthropy, Zeroing in on Catastrophic Threats

A Young Cryptocurrency Billionaire Turns to Philanthropy, Zeroing in on Catastrophic Threats

Ben Delo is the latest big donor to embrace effective altruism. But in an unusual twist, he’s focusing on catastrophic future threats like climate change. Will Delo’s move prod like-minded givers to tackle complex, long-term problems?

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How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

As an early funder, Wallace Global Fund helped the Sunrise Movement shift the conversation around U.S. climate policy. The fund’s leadership explains how and why it backs social movements, including with a new, $1 million commitment to the Green New Deal.

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How a Small Progressive Funder Innovates and Organizes to Make a Bigger Impact

How a Small Progressive Funder Innovates and Organizes to Make a Bigger Impact

To make the best of its modest resources, the Solidago Foundation has been looking to go beyond grantmaking into organizing other funders, and experimenting with new ways to move wealth and build power. We get an inside view of how that’s working out.

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“No Bigger Challenge for Our Planet.” Behind a Campus Gift for Energy Science

“No Bigger Challenge for Our Planet.” Behind a Campus Gift for Energy Science

Even as the effects of climate change have become more visible and devastating, few higher ed donors prioritize this issue. Which is why a $50 million gift to Penn earmarked for research on energy is both anomalous and encouraging.

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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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