Take a Hike: Why a Foundation is Giving Millions for Nature Trails

Take a Hike: Why a Foundation is Giving Millions for Nature Trails

Investing in parks and other nature amenities has become a growing part of place-based philanthropy in recent years. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is the latest funder to emerge in this space, and it has some seriously deep pockets.

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Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Nature-focused legacy institutions like zoos and gardens are finding creative ways to engage the public and appeal to funders, including the billionaire donor class. A major gift to the Chicago Botanic Garden shows this dynamic in action.

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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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When Outdoor Companies Band Together to Protect Wild Places

When Outdoor Companies Band Together to Protect Wild Places

The Conservation Alliance is a network of outdoor industry companies coming together and making grants to protect the wild lands they rely on. Members pool dues and vote on grantees, mimicking the popular giving circle model at the corporate level.

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How a Conservation Funder Protects One of the World's Last Great Wildernesses

How a Conservation Funder Protects One of the World's Last Great Wildernesses

The Alaska Conservation Foundation is more than just a local grantmaker. It's also bringing together multiple stakeholders to protect a vast and wild ecosystem at a moment of political division over the environment.

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Robert W. Wilson Jumps From Building in Apparent Suicide

The New York Post reports that 87-year-old Robert W. Wilson, one of the top donors coming out of the financial industry, fell to his death from his luxury apartment in an apparent suicide on Monday. Wilson had experienced a debilitating stroke a few months prior to his death, and his friend Stephen Vicusi told the Post, “He always said he didn’t want to suffer, and when the time came, he would be ready.”
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