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How ‘catalytic philanthropy’ could solve global waste

Doug Woodring 17 August 2017

The world faces a looming challenge of handling our waste, an increasing percentage of which is made of plastic, which simply does not go away. Plastic usually accounts for up to 20 percent of a …


What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments

Andrew Milner 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Low-risk investment companies that channel a small percentage of their assets into philanthropy – that’s how Clara Miller, president of the Heron Foundation described foundations in an interview with Alliance a year ago. It’s on …


Make a clean break – a new guide published on fossil fuel free investing

Alliance magazine 15 May 2017

Trillium Asset Management, Green Century Capital Management, and 350.org have released a new guide for investors on fossil fuel free investing titled Make a Clean Break: Your Guide to Fossil Fuel Free Investing. The new …

Why philanthropy must do more on climate change

Larry Kramer 11 April 2017

This article was originally posted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, on 14 March 2017. The original article can be found here.   History is replete with examples of societies that vanished when the local climate …

CIVICUS: Against all odds: the perils of fighting for natural resources 

CIVICUS 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Today, natural resource campaigners are facing increasing pushback from political leaders and powerful corporations intent on defending vested interests. The new report  Against all odds: the perils of fighting for natural resources, from CIVICUS and Publish What …

European Foundation Centre: New EFC mapping explores European environmental funding

European Foundation Centre 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

This autumn the EFC published its third environmental funding mapping report, representing the most comprehensive study to date into environmental initiatives supported by European foundations. The 75 foundations covered in the study provided 2,913 environmental …

Sustainable access to energy: meet Clean Power Indonesia

Sankalp Forum 13 October 2016

This article originally appeared on the Sankalp Forum website, on the 12th July 2016. The original article can be found here. In recent years, there have been increased efforts from world leaders to tackle the major …

What influence does philanthropy exert?

Alliance magazine 6 September 2016

There are increasing signs of philanthropy influencing policy and policy networks but, as yet, no overarching theory of how it does so. Philanthropic traditions vary, as do the political, social and economic contexts in which …

US foundations finance clean energy in India

Alliance magazine 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Four US foundations – the Packard, MacArthur and Hewlett Foundations and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment – are working with the Indian government to fund two clean energy finance initiatives. They …

Engagement needs more time to prove itself

Julian Poulter 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

In the June issue of Alliance, Ellen Dorsey, Sian Ferguson and Clara Vondrich made the case for divestment of assets from fossil fuel companies on ethical, financial and fiduciary grounds. Mark O’Kelly disagreed, arguing that …