In a recent EFN survey of 92 chief executives of environmental organisations, nearly half of the respondents indicated that their organisations' funding, strategy or other activities are being constrained by the so-called ‘closing space’ for civil society, here in the UK and in countries spanning the globe. The solutions will likely require groups to work across issue areas. How can funders help?
It troubles me when I hear grant-making colleagues comment that the worst applications they receive are from environmental NGOs. So I thought I’d suggest some tips – Raven’s Rules for Relevant Writing, if you will. I hope you find them useful.
As NGOs, we must frame the environmental challenges of today in such a way that builds coalitions and provides a catalyst for meaningful dialogue and change. A hallmark of success will be the very ability to unify the seemingly disparate causes which affect the grand sum of our environmental condition. Here I am talking about poverty, migration, women’s rights, education, and family planning to name a few.