September 2007

Tackling climate change

Volume 12 , Number 3

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September 2007

Tackling climate change

Volume 12 , Number 3

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With climate change now squarely a priority on the public and political agenda, why isn’t more funding going to combat global warming? Where do we need to go from here? What do we do to get there? This Alliance special feature addresses these questions and lays out the range of opportunities and entry points for small and large foundations and individual donors – both for environmental funders and for funders for whom the environment, let alone climate change, is not a programme focus. Guest editors are Stephen Heintz, President of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Changhua Wu, Greater China Director of the Climate Group.

Climate change is an area where cities and states are well ahead of national governments. Articles in this issue of Alliance will look at the pioneering work being done in London and New York and at the C-40 Cities Initiative, involving major cities around the world and supported by the Clinton Foundation and other private funders.

Moving to developing countries, Uday Khemka talks about how his initiative to bring together a group of donors from all over the world around climate change and to influence attitudes at all levels in Indian society. Changhua Wu will look at the situation in China, while a group of environmental experts from China, Nigeria, India and the Arab region will discuss the opportunities and barriers to progress in developing countries.

The September issue of Alliance will also include a new opinion column by Barry Gaberman; John Elkington considering the potential for foundations to influence corporate behaviour; plus the next instalment of the debate on terminology kickstarted by Bill Drayton.

Special feature

Time for an end to business as usual

1 September 2007
Stephen Heintz

Global warming is now at the top of almost every social, political and economic agenda around the globe, and the non-profit sector deserves much of the credit for this. In the face of powerful special interests, our community has succeeded in elevating the issue to prominence. With relatively modest funds but effective strategies, philanthropy has been able to empower agents of change to make the issue a fundamental and overarching global concern. Thanks to their …


Can we go a bit faster?

People may question why Alliance is devoting an issue to climate change. After all, we don’t see ourselves as a magazine that deals with single issues, however important. The reality is becoming all too clear: climate change is not a single issue, it’s an issue that will affect all the work funders support – poverty, social justice, global health, the lot. The urgency of the situation is beginning to be reflected in the foundation world. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s 2005 Annual Report opens with a seven-page essay entitled ‘Solutions to Global Warming: A National Conversation We Desperately Need to Have’. …


Putting the word ‘non-profit’ out of business?

Becky Tolson

Words matter….I was intrigued by Bill Drayton’s call to eliminate terminology such as NGO and non-profit organization in favour of …

Let’s use ‘citizen’ for greater clarity

Barbara Felitti

I heartily agree with Bill Drayton’s suggestion to use the word ‘citizen’ in lieu of terms like ‘non-profit’ and ‘non-governmental’ …

What about ‘social profit’?

Claire Gaudiani

Non-profit should be non-existent – the term, not the type of organization. The time is right to insist on a …

Watch your language – Alliance editorial board responds to Bill Drayton

Peter Hero

Bill Drayton’s opinion piece in the June edition of Alliance (‘Words matter’, p10) clearly touched a chord with members of …

Are celebrities the answer?

Nigel Martin

I am writing this letter as someone who has worked with international NGOs for over 30 years and as one …

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