Could philanthropy prevent the next pandemic by stopping zoonotic diseases?

COVID-19 is likely zoonotic in origin, meaning it “jumped” from other animals to humans. While such diseases present a dire threat, few funders are paying attention. We explore the key players and where philanthropy can have an impact.
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Climate

MacKenzie Scott’s Early Climate Funding Follows a Well-Worn Path. How Might She Branch Out?

A hallmark of MacKenzie Scott’s giving so far has been supporting groups with diverse leadership and those overlooked by philanthropy. Her initial wave of climate funding, however, backed the mainstream. Where could she turn next?
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Climate

To protect the seas from rising threats, a top grantmaker looks to Indonesia

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies keeps a low profile, but it’s one of the key U.S. foundations racing to defend endangered marine ecosystems worldwide—including the vast and biologically diverse seas of Indonesia.
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Climate

Farmers and funders get behind push to reinvent agriculture in an era of climate change

The Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, which aims to change how farmers and ranchers work their land, is at the forefront of one of the hottest movements in conservation. A growing number of funders are getting on board.
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Biodiversity

Will funding marine planning help save our troubled seas?

As experts across sectors scramble to conserve ocean ecosystems and fish populations, more nations and organizations are using marine spatial planning. The Waitt Foundation is a leading supporter of this critical work.
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Climate

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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Climate

Rihanna looks to make the Caribbean a “Climate Smart Zone”—with an eye on women

Climate change resilience is starting to receive more attention from funders—including from Barbados-born singer Rihanna, who is taking on this challenge with some interesting ideas.

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Climate

Philanthropy's critical nuclear moment

As the drive to decarbonize the global economy gains new urgency, climate donors are grappling with an alternative energy source that still provokes controversy—but which is also fueling new hopes among funders and nonprofits alike.
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Climate

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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'We don’t give up:' Mott plays the long game on clean water in Flint and beyond.

It's becoming harder to take clean, potable water for granted in the U.S., especially with the Trump administration efforts to roll back the federal Clean Water Act, a core protection for American waterways. The Mott Foundation is among those now engaging in freshwater giving.

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Biodiversity

To protect a critical forest in Appalachia, a foundation goes beyond grantmaking

A rare opportunity to conserve a large swath of land led the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to make a large and unusual program-related investment. But the sustainable forestry model behind this move is not without its critics.
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Justice

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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Climate

Behind a new green alliance is a trio of powerful—and deeply alarmed—donors

The founding of the Earth Alliance by Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth reflects a mounting sense of urgency about ecological threats. It also shows how big new money is flowing to environmental causes.
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Justice

'We need to build power to win.' Fund for climate justice gains momentum.

The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund is a relatively new effort to support grassroots work by underrepresented communities. But with the backing of major foundations, its grantmaking has been growing fast and it’s picking up some wins.
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Justice

Inside a nonprofit that supports environmental journalists around the world.

In countries struggling with environmental threats like deforestation, the news media—and robust, reliable local reporting—can be the only way to draw attention to what’s happening. Backing such work in the mission of the Earth Journalism Network.
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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