Publications

The Broader U.S. Environmental Movement: Composition and Funding Insight
August 30, 2011

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.

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EGA's 2010 Strategic Framework
October 29, 2010

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. 

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2009 Tracking the Field Report
November 03, 2009

This second volume of “Tracking the Field” represents a major step forward in our understanding of environmental philanthropy. Building on the findings of the first (2007) volume, this year’s report analyses the grants made by members of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) with a new level of detail and rigor. It also examines significantly more grants. In so doing, it provides new insights into our collective priorities.

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Philanthropy and the Expanding Solar Energy Market
September 25, 2009

With all the benefits of solar power and a growing market for renewable energy, why hasn’t there been a stronger push to take advantage of solar energy? Whatever the answer, plenty of opportunities exist for philanthropic initiatives that will advance the solar industry.

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Environmental Education: A Strategy for the Future
September 25, 2009

Environmental education (EE) aims to create an environmentally literate citizenry, poised and motivated to take action on pressing environmental issues—from climate change to habitat conservation and from endangered species to water scarcity. Environmental education is about engaging students, community members, policy makers, the young and the old. It is about empowerment, skills development, and providing opportunities for action. 

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CLIMATE 101: Funding Strategies in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change
September 25, 2009

In 2008, EGA published “Confronting the Climate Challenge: Incorporating Climate Change into Your Funding Strategies” that looked at the impacts of climate change, and linkages to current investments in areas such as health care and education. This paper tries to encapsulate the key points discussed at a May 2009 Regional Salon focusing on mitigation and adaption strategies in the south, and aims to become a tool for EGA members interested in learning more about climate change, its impacts to their communities and ways that foundations can become involved. 

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Ecotourism: A Conservation Strategy for Funders
March 14, 2008

This report places U.S. foundation giving for ecotourism in the context of the broader tourism industry, details ecotourism’s promises and challenges, tracks its major sources of funding, and highlights needs and opportunities for interested foundations.

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Biofuels Briefing- Biofuels: Opportunity or Threat?
November 14, 2006

Situated at the intersection of water, energy, and agriculture issues in the Midwest is the rapidly growing field of biofuels. Interest in biofuels has surged along with the call for independence from Middle East oil. Depending on how biofuels are developed and which energy sources are used to manufacture them, growth in this area could bring environmental, economic, and community benefits—or it could place many systems, including freshwater ecosystems, at significant risk. Government policies, private-sector investment, and research priorities are already influencing the development of biofuel industries, and foundations are beginning to identify ways to foster this new energy industry in sustainable ways.

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