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Resources for grant-makers and those working directly on environmental issues. 

EFN publications

Where the Green Grants Went Scotland

This first edition of Where the Green Grants Went Scotland examines grants for environmental work in Scotland from UK-based trusts and foundations, Landfill Communities Fund distributors and lottery sources over the four years from 2012-2016.

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What Influences Wealthy Donors To Give To Different Causes

This research review summarises the state of knowledge around what facilitates wealthy individuals to donate to different causes, with a particular focus on environmental causes. It summarises the key learnings from this knowledge, provides a reading list, and makes recommendations….

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Forces for Nature

‘Forces for Nature’ is a collection of 14 interviews with 15 remarkable individuals, each supporting environmental issues with different approaches. Learn their stories here.

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What the Green Groups Said: Insights from the UK Environment Sector

‘What the Green Grants Said’ presents findings from a survey of 92 chief executives of UK-based environmental organisations.

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A Splendid Torch: Interviews with Environmental Funders

‘A Splendid Torch’ is a collection of ten interviews with influential environmental donors about why they give to environmental causes and how they ensure their giving is as effective as possible.

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Passionate Collaboration? Taking the Pulse of the UK Environmental Sector

‘Passionate Collaboration?’ presents findings from a survey of 140 CEOs of UK environmental organisations.

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Where the Green Grants Went 6 (cover)

Where the Green Grants Went 6: Patterns of UK Funding for Environmental and Conservation Work

The sixth edition of ‘Where the Green Grants Went’ provides the most comprehensive overview yet of grants to environmental initiatives from UK foundations, the National Lottery, and public sector funding programmes.

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Food Issues Census

A survey of UK civil society work on sustainable food and farming. (9.5MB)

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Where the Green Grants Went 5

Latest analysis of UK environmental philanthropy. Published Jan 2012.

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Funding Locally, Thinking Globally

A short report for funders that work locally or regionally. Six case studies of local grants that make a positive contribution on global environmental issues.

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Past Publications

Past publications from EFN, including earlier editions of Where the Green Grants Went.

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It’s the Environment, Stupid

Passionate and generous philanthropic engagement with worthy causes is all well and good — but ultimately it means nothing unless we get serious about the environment, says Ben Goldsmith. (First published in Spears magazine, March/April 2011; updated November 2015)


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Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

GEO conducts field research to track trends in grantmaker practice. In short, they want to know: is grantmaking getting smarter? GEO’s 2014 study highlights some important shifts in how grantmakers support nonprofit results, but also reveals where the sector is falling short.

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Cultivating the grassroots

US report that argues that more money needs to go towards grassroots organizing and advocacy to bring about effective policy change on environmental issues.

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Environmental Funding by European Foundations, volume II

Volume II of ‘Environmental Funding by European Foundations’ – a ‘Where the Green Grants Went’ for Europe – includes data from 62 European foundations that give to environmental causes.

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Tracking the Field vol 4 – Executive Summary

Summary of the latest report tracking trends in US environmental philanthropy.

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Why Giving Away our Wealth Has Been the Most Satisfying Thing We’ve Done

Bill and Melinda Gates talk about how they came to give away most of their wealth, and how much they enjoy it.

Creating change

Making Ideas Move

A multipart series in which leaders from foundations, not-for-profits and research institutions share how effective communication has helped them drive social change.

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

A podcast for social change leaders based on the bestselling book.

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Collective Impact: Mobilising large-scale social change

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet philanthropists and NGOs remain focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

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Common Cause: The Case for Working with our Cultural Values

A report intended to catalyse debate on current approaches to tackling a wide range of ‘bigger-than-self’ challenges – including global poverty, climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Climate Change Communications: dipping a toe into public motivation

Chris Rose, Pat Dade, Nick Gallie and John Scott are four seasoned communications strategists. In this paper they argue that climate change communications need to tap into the motivations of their target audiences.

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The Death of Environmentalism: global warming politics in a post-environmental world

Provocative essay on the challenges faced by the US progressive movement.

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Food for thought

Association of Charitable Foundations

ACF is the largest non-issued based membership organisation for trusts and foundations in the UK. It provides forums for funders to learn from each other, training session on different aspects of grantmaking and philanthropy and publications to keep grantmakers up-to-date with philanthropic trends.

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Fostering Collaboration Among Environmental NGOs: How Funders Can Help

A briefing for funders on how they can help foster a more collaborative environmental sector, based on a survey and interviews with environmental leaders from across the country.

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This Changes Everything

A book, film and outreach programme that aim demonstrate why the changes we need to avert climate chaos are our best chance to build the more equitable, livable and healthier societies and economies we want and need.

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The All New Don’t Think Of An Elephant: know your values and frame the debate

Revised version of the best-selling analysis of the way in which ‘frames’ are used to organise political discourse.

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