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Four lessons learned from COVID-19 and how they are applicable to the fight against climate change

19 March 2020

As we write this, cities across the globe are becoming ghost towns as public spaces, schools, businesses, and places of worship close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Along with carbon emissions and …


Calouste Gulbenkian announce €1 million prize to reward innovation in tackling climate crisis

Alliance magazine 12 March 2020

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation recently announced a €1 million prize to reward outstanding work in climate change mitigation and adaptation.  The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity will be awarded annually and will aim to recognise people, groups of people and/or …


Bezos’ $10bn donation should not pitch philanthropy and taxation against each other – that would be a zero-sum game

Dr. Richard Schaden 7 March 2020

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ recent major foray into philanthropy came with the announcement that he is going to commit $10 billion to combat the global climate crisis. The world’s richest man has previously been criticised …

Four issues set to dominate the decade

Dr. Joaquin Vandervort IV 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

As the ground shifts under our feet, the foundation sector has some major issues to face in the 2020s. In a UK context, the following are among the most pressing Civil society will face many …

In profile: Indigenous philanthropy

Alliance magazine 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

A snapshot of the key funds, foundations and networks at the heart of the growing Indigenous philanthropy movement Indigenous-led funds The AYNI Fund (FIMI) Launched in 2008, the AYNI Fund is one of several strands …

Arctic conservation harnesses Native skills

Oren Tromp 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

After years of relying on international NGOs, funders are beginning to value the contribution Indigenous Peoples can make to environmental conservation In October 2020, the 15th conference of Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity …

When giving money is no longer enough

, and 29 February 2020

The limits of traditional philanthropy when faced with the climate crisis Since September of last year, bushfires have been relentlessly ravaging Australia. Their track record alone is enough to make you sick to your stomach, …

Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion Earth Fund to fight climate change

Alliance magazine 19 February 2020

Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion in grants through the ‘Bezos Earth Fund’ initiative to fight the impacts of climate change. The funds will be available from this summer and are aiming to spark ‘collective …

We all need to breathe: how philanthropy can act now to tackle air pollution

2 11 February 2020

Last week, I took part in an air quality meeting in Delhi co-hosted by the newly launched India Climate Collaborative (ICC) and our partner, the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. The meeting brought together philanthropies, think …

European Foundation Centre start latest mapping of environmental funding

Alliance magazine 11 February 2020

The European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) European Environmental Funders Group has launched a call for input for the fifth edition of its environmental funding mapping, building upon the success of the fourth mapping in 2018, which …