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Environmental Philanthropy: Stories to Inspire

‘Environmental Philanthropy: Stories to Inspire’ is a collection of donors’ stories of success. Some gave a few thousand pounds to support local action. Others gave seven figure gifts and created whole new organisations and ways of working. In each case, the effect on the environment was transformative.

Immerse yourselves in these stories: enjoy them as they take you on a trip around the world and we hope you’ll come back fired up. What issues are close to your heart, and how will you make a difference?

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UK Overseas Territory NGO Environment Project Concepts

There are currently few direct links between UK funders and Territory NGOs. We have therefore co-ordinated a pipeline of locally-led project concepts in need of support by conservation NGOs in the UK’s Overseas Territories. All have budgets worth between GBP£5k-£100k. Concepts cover a wide range of issues, from capacity-building to marine conservation, invasive species to terrestrial site management. Please contact contact us for further information.

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The UK Overseas Territories: An unparalleled opportunity for global conservation impact

The Environmental Funders Network has prepared a prospectus laying out the unparalleled opportunity for UK funders to achieve global conservation impacts in the Overseas Territories. It showcases their unique assets, explains the UK’s shared responsibility, highlights fundable local solutions and provides testimonials from experienced funders and NGOs.

 

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Philanthropy Briefing: COVID-19 and a green recovery

This briefing paper explores the concept of Building Back Better from COVID-19: what it means, why we need it, and the environmental connection.

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Philanthropy Briefing: COVID-19 and conservation

This briefing paper explores the links between infectious diseases and the destruction of nature, and why nature conservation is critical to mitigating the risks of future crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Philanthropy Briefing: COVID-19, human health and the environment

This briefing paper explains why environmental issues are closely intertwined not only with the COVID-19 pandemic, but a multitude of human health concerns, and that it is essential to protect our environment in order to protect our health.

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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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Inspiring People: Marine Conservation in Scotland video and podcast

Hugh Raven in conversation with Alison Lomax , Dan Renton, Kerri Whiteside and Phil Taylor

Inspiring People: Marine Conservation in Scotland 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, philanthropist Hugh Raven, Alison Lomax (Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust), Dan Renton (Seawilding), Kerri Whiteside (Fauna & Flora International) and Phil Taylor (Open Seas) reveal what most excites them about marine conservation in Scottish waters, their experiences of what local communities and projects have achieved (often with relatively small sums of money) and lessons they’re learning that could work elsewhere.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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Supporting campaiging: a funder’s guide

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Supportive to the core: why unrestricted funding matters

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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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Tools to support public policy grantmaking

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