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

EFN publications and resources

Inspiring People: Youth & Climate ~ video and podcast

Kristina Johansson in conversation with Hilma Angula, Joy Munthali and Shamiso Mupara

Inspiring People: Youth & Climate was recorded by the Environmental Funders Network as part of a series to highlight the vital role of philanthropy in solving environmental and climate issues. In this episode, funder Kristina Johansson (Solberga Foundation) speaks to Hilma Angula (Next Generation Climate Advisory Board, Global Greengrants Fund, Namibia), Joy Munthali, (Green Girls Platform, Malawi) and Shamiso Mupara (Environmental Buddies Zimbabwe). Together they discuss how young people, and in particular girls and young women, are tackling the climate crisis in Southern Africa, and what inspires a funder to support their work.

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Inspiring People:Plastics video and podcast

Julia Davies in conversation with Louise Edge, Jo Morley, Julian Kirby and Tanya Bascombe

Inspiring People: Plastics (Single Use is Rubbish) was recorded by the Environmental Funders Network as part of a series to highlight the vital role of philanthropy in solving environmental and climate issues. In this episode, Julia Davies, environmental funder and the founder of We Have The Power, speaks to Louise Edge (Greenpeace), Jo Morley (City to Sea), Julian Kirby (Friends of the Earth) and Tanya Bascombe (European Outdoor Conservation Association). (Image credit and copyright: Fernando Podolski)

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Philanthropy Briefing: Women & the Environment

Philanthropy Briefing: Women & the Environment

The purpose of this report is to delve into the links between gender inequality and the environment, to bring to light the multitude of connections and thereby garner wider support for both causes. For philanthropists engaging in the environmental sector, we hope this briefing will bring a nuanced, human perspective to the multitude of environmental issues we face today. For those supporting work to close the gender inequality gap, this briefing will demonstrate that funding for environmental projects is an effective way of bringing about this change.

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Inspiring People: Rewilding video and podcast

Inspiring People: Rewilding was recorded by the Environmental Funders Network as part of a series to highlight the vital role of philanthropy in solving environmental and climate issues. In this episode, Ben Goldsmith, a committed and passionate environmental philanthropist who funds rewilding projects, speaks to Isabella Tree (Knepp Estate, author of ‘Wilding – the return of nature to a British farm’), Alastair Driver (conservationist, Director of Rewilding Britain), and Derek Gow (ecologist, reintroduction specialist, farmer). Available to watch as a video or to listen to as a podcast.

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Where the Green Grants Went 7

In this seventh edition of Where the Green Grants Went, we examine over 13,000 grants awarded by foundations and lottery sources over the four-year period from 2012/13 – 2015/16, and provide insights from a survey of funders about the barriers to providing core, flexible and long-term funding. Find out where the funding is going, what the gaps are, which organisations are the most successful fundraisers and more.

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ReFrame: Shaping Frames and Shifting Culture workshop videos

With Ella Saltmarshe and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EFN co-hosted a workshop for people from across the environment sector (funders and NGOs) on reframing issues in October 2018. Speakers presented stories of reframing different issues — from poverty to trans issues, climate change to vegetarianism. The talks — each no longer than 17 minutes or so — were filmed and posted online; watch them here.

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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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Philanthropy

Funding the Future

Active Philanthropy’s guide “Funding the Future – how the climate crisis intersects with your giving” is a useful resource for foundations from whichever sector to start thinking about how they can contribute to tackling the climate crisis while delivering on their core mission to effectively ensure that we not only emerge from emergency but we enhance greater resilience, well-being and planetary sustainability.

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Climate Change and Social Change: how funders can act on both

Featuring practical ideas for how to use your grant giving, investments and convening power to address climate change today, even if it’s not your organisation’s core purpose, this report is a must-read for any funder that wants to do more to address the climate emergency and wants to know where to start.

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Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work

A collection of evidence that makes the case for funding grassroots solutions to climate change, produced by the CLIMA Fund, a funder collaboration between Global Greengrants Fund, Grassroots International, Thousand Currents and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights.

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Understanding the Funding and Environmental Landscape in South West England

This study sets out to examine how philanthropic giving can be increased or enhanced to better protect and conserve the natural environment in the South West England, and includes a literature review, statistical analysis of grant data, and interviews with funders and grantees.

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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

ReFrame: Shaping Frames and Shifting Culture workshop videos

With Ella Saltmarshe and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EFN co-hosted a workshop for people from across the environment sector (funders and NGOs) on reframing issues in October 2018. Speakers presented stories of reframing different issues — from poverty to trans issues, climate change to vegetarianism. The talks — each no longer than 17 minutes or so — were filmed and posted online; watch them here.

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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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Fundraising

Fundraising training 1: Digital fundraising during times of crisis: mistakes to avoid and opportunities to win

With Craig Linton, Bright Spot, and Rebecca Curtis-Moss, Friends of the Earth Scotland

What is currently working well in digital fundraising, and what are some of the common pitfalls to avoid? Hear from an environmental charity which is raising money successfully through digital channels during the coronavirus crisis .

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Fundraising training 2: Find and build pandemic-busting corporate partnerships

With Ben Swart, Bright Spot, and Roxanne De Beaux, CamCycle

The full impact of coronavirus on the economy and your prospective corporate partners is still unknown. So how do you find out who to target, how to engage them, and how to secure them?

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Fundraising training 3: Telling stories to inspire action

With Rob Woods, Bright Spot, and Jennifer Few, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Bright Spot Director Rob Woods shares techniques to help you bring to life the key issues that your supporters care about, so that you talk and write less about what your charity does, and more in ways that help supporters want to take action.

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Fundraising training 4: How to fundraise when it’s not your usual day job

With Charlotte White, Bright Spot, and Louise Morris, Summit Fundraising

A training webinar for anyone entering the world of fundraising and wanting to quickly learn the fundamentals. Are you a non-fundraiser who is now supporting your organisation’s fundraising? Or perhaps you’re very new to fundraising and want to learn the key principles.

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