As background for the November Funder Briefing on Freshwater, fifteen case studies were developed to explore recent collaborative initiatives related to freshwater issues.
EGA publishes Tracking the Field Volume 5. This report builds on the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s (EGA) grant research from 2007 to 2013, deepening our understanding of trends and gaps in environmental philanthropy.
Analyzing grant data from the supply side of funding within the environment movement, the Tracking the Field report provides an avenue for EGA members to see where their grantmaking fits into the larger environmental movement and how they can optimize their grant dollars to be more strategic and effective.
Tracking the Field: Volume 5 analyzes 66,340 grants, totaling more than $6.8 billion between 2007 and 2013. With six grant years of data, we are able to see the impact of outside influences on environmental philanthropy in addition to shifts within the field.
Environmental Success Through Democracy Reform: A Grantmakers' Win-Win Toolkit is released in partnership with the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) and Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN). This resource provides environmental funders with research, ideas and practical tools on how to expand and strengthen their grant making by integrating a money in politics lens into the work.
We are excited to provide this resource tool as another way to support environmental grantmakers who are leading the way by connecting the dots between policy change and the role of money in politics. Once you've taken a read, please let us know what you think. We look forward to working together and incorporating any suggestions you may have.
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We are pleased to present Tracking the Field: Volume 4, which analyzes the grants made by members of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and provides a picture of grantmaking beyond that of our members to encompass the entire field of environmental philanthropy.
Environmental Grantmakers Association’s (EGA) strategic framework includes the objective of “establish[ing] a comprehensive, measurable, up-to date analysis and understanding of the current field of environmental philanthropy.” Tracking the Field: Volume 4 does just that. With four years of data, this report is the product of EGA’s continued investment in monitoring activity within our field. While pursuing improvements in the report each year, the basic methodology and taxonomy has remained consistent, allowing EGA to evaluate trends from 2007 to 2011 and analyze more than 42,000 grants.
Please login to your EGA account to view full report. A public summary report will be made available later this year.
When EGA issued a call for submissions to this special anniversary Journal, we expected a handful of remembrances. Instead we received a plethora of thoughtful, entertaining, and provocative pieces from current and former members, those new to philanthropy and “old timers.” In these rich essays, you will learn some EGA history, consider how times have changed, and be challenged to take risks in a range of ways as to thinking about your grantmaking to ensure future generations have a sustainable planet to enjoy. While they’ve been divided into two sections—Reflections and Calls to Action—clearly most of them do both. Reflecting on where we’ve been, successes and failures, allows us to plan best for the most critical future. The EGA Board remains committed to the values that drove our founding members—nurturing and expanding environmental funding, a relaxed atmosphere to develop relationships and push each other to work more effectively together, and honoring all aspects of our natural world both urban and rural. We are grateful for your commitment to this work, and for this unique opportunity to look both back and ahead to push on in our efforts to help humanity course-correct for the planet.
This summary of the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s Tracking the Field, vol. 3: Exploring Environmental
Grantmaking, provides the primary findings that will be analyzed in the full report which will be released on February 28th at the State of the States Briefing.
The findings of this document and the full report are broken in to five main areas: total environmental giving for all U.S.-based environmental grantmakers and EGA members specifically, giving by issue from all U.S.-based environmental grantmakers and EGA members specifically, geographic distribution of all environmental grants globally and global and domestic distribution for EGA members’ grants, strategies funded by EGA members, and regranting within EGA (grants between EGA members).
This report, made possible with a small grant from the Ford Foundation, analyzes global grantmaking trends in 2009 by EGA members using data from EGA’s 2009 Tracking the Field database of member grants in support of the environment. It also considers them around the themes of Rio+20, which are, a green economy and the institutional context for sustainable development. Additionally, it provides a snapshot of grants by issues and strategies in South America for its regional relevance. It qualifies these broad trends with data from interviews with a subset of EGA members—small, medium and large, who are engaged in global grantmaking—which surface their expectations and engagement with Rio+20 and related multilateral processes. EGA convened three meetings on Rio+20 in 2011. Relevant information from those are also incorporated. It concludes with some thoughts about Rio+20 and other such summits in the current context of local and global social movements.
This primer updates a 2005 report by the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute, The Broader Movement: Nonprofit Environmental and Conservation Organizations, 1989–2005. The 2005 report provided the first quantitative investigation of the broader environmental and conservation movement, based on data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax files.
This new primer updates this broad analysis of environmental nonprofits to 2008, the latest year for which IRS data is complete.
The staff and Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) are delighted to present our new strategic framework. This blueprint for the future builds on EGA’s impressive history, which began more than 20 years ago with a handful of environmental foundations seeking greater collaboration and synergy and today has expanded into a big tent under which hundreds of environmental foundations participate. As the world changes, we are mobilizing our efforts to address the stark challenges and fresh opportunities before us. The urgency of now is evident in the number of environmental stresses here and around the globe, so EGA must evolve to help our members forge a path to a sustainable future.