Commentaries

April 24, 2017
By Rachel Leon, Executive Director, EGA There is no better inspiration in the lead-up to Earth Day than listening to a wise woman. On Friday, I was blessed to start my day at an event organized by WE-ACT and co-sponsored by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation. Dr. Dorceta...
April 13, 2017
Issues like drought, climate change, and sustainable agriculture don’t recognize borders. Even during tough times for U.S. environmental policy, the most locally focused grantmakers still can’t afford to think of their work in isolation. With that in mind, the Environmental Grantmakers...
July 14, 2016
By Rachel Leon & Dorceta Taylor    Originally posted on April 22nd   This Earth Day, the well-being of “people, place, and planet” takes on new meaning as global leaders sign the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement reached last December, and philanthropy and...
March 21, 2016
The Environmental Grantmakers Association just released its latest report on member giving, and it's well worth a read. The report by the funders affinity group shows growing environmental philanthropy and some exciting trending areas like global giving, sustainable agriculture, and...
April 22, 2015
By Rachel Leon & Dennis Quirin | Apr. 22, 2015 There is new hope for sustaining people, place, and planet on Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, as burgeoning voices for equity, community, and faith are rising to the forefront of the environmental movement. Is the philanthropic community poised...
October 15, 2014
As we celebrate and ponder a century of Community Foundation impact in our society, the convergence of community and climate is increasingly relevant. In just a few days, EGA, the Council on Foundations, and Funders Network for Smart Growth are bringing together community foundations who have led...
April 21, 2014
This Earth Day, my dreams and visions are of China. One month ago today, EGA led an adventurous and globally diverse group of grantmakers on an unforgettable learning tour of China. And I can't stop thinking about and visualizing places, stories and people from that journey. I'm still...
December 12, 2013
Environmental protection is one of the surest ways to leave a legacy that is as beneficial as it is indelible. Virgin Group founder and CEO Richard Branson recently pledged that all profits from Virgin Transportation for the next 10 years will be devoted to the development of green energy. Media...
April 21, 2013
Since its creation in 1970, Earth Day has helped bridge the gap between people and the planet, connecting us to the ground we stand on. For Extreme Weather Earth Day 2013, it is vital we reaffirm that connection as we confront global challenges and increasingly common extreme weather events in our...