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Environmental Funding by European Foundations : Volume 6

May 22, 2023

The 6th edition of this research into environmental funding by European foundations is the most comprehensive report to date on environmental philanthropy in Europe. The report is based on 2021 grants data from 126 of the largest environmental foundations in Europe. The mapping analyses the 8,518 environmental grants made in 2021 by these foundations, worth a combined €1.6 billion.This is more than double the value of the grants analysed in the previous edition of this research. The report covers topics ranging from thematic focus of environmental grantmaking, to geographical distribution, to approaches to change and environmental discourses taken by funders, among others. It concludes with issues for foundations to consider as the world reckons with the current environmental and climate crisis. 

Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

The State of Global Air Quality Funding 2022

September 20, 2022

The only global snapshot of clean air funding from donor governments and philanthropic foundations. This report highlights funding trends and gaps in 2015-2021, as well as recommendations for smarter investment for people and planet.99% of the world's population breathes air that exceeds World Health Organization air quality guidelines. Cleaning the air is a massive opportunity to improve public health and climate change. Because air pollution and climate change are mainly caused by burning fossil fuels, these problems can be tackled together. By addressing these issues in isolation, funders and policymakers drastically overlook the potential of clean air to realise multiple health, social and sustainable economic benefits.Our fourth annual report is the only global snapshot of projects funded by international development funders and philanthropic foundations to tackle air pollution. We identify gaps in funding, and opportunities for strategic investment and collaboration for systemic change. As the world prepares for COP27 in Egypt, we call for more joined up policies and funding to address air pollution, climate change and unsustainable economic growth simultaneously. This report provides recommendations for decision makers, policy makers and philanthropic foundations.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Health

Centering equity and justice in climate philanthropy

June 9, 2022

According to available funding data, most institutional funders do not incorporate climate or climate justice strategies into their work despite its urgency and potential, largely relegating it to a few environmental funders. As a result of underestimating its importance and its connection to other philanthropic priorities, not enough funding is flowing to climate change efforts and even less of it for reducing harm to communities most impacted by the climate crisis.This field guide for funders identifies common barriers to supporting climate justice strategies, describes ways to overcome them, and shares insights and case studies from experienced funders who have helped their institutions use a climate justice lens for greater impact within their existing grantmaking priorities.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Governance, Boards and Strategy; Grantmaking and Programme Management; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Environmental Funding by European Foundations: Volume 5

April 1, 2021

This report is the most comprehensive study to date into support for environmental initiatives provided by European philanthropic foundations. It builds on the four earlier editions, increasing the number of foundations and grants being analysed, along with the total value of these grants.This 5th edition features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 127 European public-benefit foundations, who provided 5358 grants in 2018, worth a combined total of €745.6 million. These 127 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Data Protection, Immigration Enforcement and Fundamental Rights: What the EU's Regulations on Interoperability Mean for People with Irregular Status

November 18, 2019

This report was written by Chris Jones, Researcher at Statewatch, as a background document for a legal seminar organised on 14-15 November 2019 in Brussels by PICUM, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and European Migration Law.It examines the EU's justice and home affairs databases and information systems, the changes that have been introduced by recent legislation seeking to make those systems 'interoperable' and the potential implications of those changes for fundamental rights, in particular in relation to undocumented migrants.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Science and Technology

Building at the Crossroads of Royale and Treurenberg

November 6, 2019

30 years. 30 contributors. 30 takes on the future of philanthropy.With so many complex and urgent challenges facing contemporary society, clearly treading water isn't enough. How can philanthropy adapt to tackle these challenges head on? How can the EFC be the catalyst in this process?The answers to these questions are going to be critical.This commemorative book, marking 30 years since the establishment of the European Foundation Centre, turns to some of the most influential thought leaders on philanthropy from around the world to have their say on the future of the EFC and the wider philanthropic sector.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Re-Claiming the Narrative for Social Change : Mapping a Philanthropic Response

March 1, 2019

This report provides the results of a broad stroke mapping of initiatives supported by various European and American philanthropic bodies. These initiatives aim to leverage the power of strategic communications, and in particular, effective narratives, to counter the closing of civic space and to achieve positive social change. It is intended as a real-time snapshot of ideas and approaches to capture what is being done and where, identify gaps, and share learning on new pathways and solutions for narrative change. The mapping includes some initiatives that fall outside the philanthropic community but which have potential for further exploration and/or adoption.

Communication and Public Relations; Gender and Women; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Environmental Funding by European Foundations: Volume 4

March 1, 2019

This report is the most comprehensive study to date into support for environmental initiatives provided by European philanthropic foundations. It builds on the three earlier editions, increasing the number of foundations and grants being analysed, along with the total value of these grants.This 4th edition features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 87 European public-benefit foundations, as compared to 75 in the previous edition. These 87 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Comprehensive Capacity Building to Strengthen Regional Marine Conservation Efforts

June 2, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, examines what a group of marine conservation funders did when questions about grantee capacity came up. It shares the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's perspective on how it joined forces with four other funders— the Marisla Foundation, Sandler Family Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust—to create the Pescadero Program, a fiveyear, comprehensive capacity building program for marine conservation NGOs in Northwest Mexico.

Environment and Sustainable Development

A Human Touch to Ocean Funding

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the Helmsley Charitable Trust took a humanistic approach in their due diligence processes with grantees in Madagascar. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees, Blue Ventures, and how they worked together locally to establish a campaign to rebuild tropical fishing communities in Madagascar while sustainaing natural resources and biodiversity.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Grantmaking and Programme Management

The Theory of the Foundation European Initiative

January 23, 2017

The purpose of the Theory of the Foundation European Initiative was to contribute key insights into European foundations; and to look beyond the direct charitable activities or grant-making of European foundations and instead to explore and understand how foundations operate as organisations in their pursuit of mission and social impact. This we term a "whole foundation approach".Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) established a framework to stimulate discussion around the organisational form of philanthropy called "The Theory of the Foundation."1 Inspired by Peter Drucker's "Theory of the Business,"2 RPA's approach to framing philanthropic practice is detailed in Figure 1 and contains three core domains: Charter, Social Compact, and Operating Capabilities.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Environmental Funding by European Foundations: Volume 3

September 29, 2016

This publication is the third volume published by the European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG), a Thematic Network of the EFC (European Foundation Centre). The report features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 75 European public-benefit foundations, as compared to 62 in the previous edition. These 75 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives, although there are undoubtedly additional foundations that could be included in a report of this kind. It should be noted that only foundations that have a defined environmental programme or mission were contacted for this project. The report focuses on the 2014 calendar year as this is the latest year for which comprehensive grants data could be obtained for all 75 foundations. Statistical data are included.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

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