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Climate and Clean Energy

Page: Securing Climate Policy

Climate change, driven by greenhouse gas emissions, threatens devastating harm to humanity. We are already experiencing the initial impacts of climate change, such as changes in precipitation patterns, sea level rise, and more extreme weather events. These have damaging impacts on society—contributing to economic problems, migration and refugees, hunger, and conflict. The poorest and most… Continue Reading

Climate and Clean Energy

Page: Maximizing Opportunities

The program sets aside a small budget each year to seize time-sensitive opportunities that can provide large-scale emission reductions. In 2017, for example, the program made grants to support global energy efficiency improvements in cooling equipment in collaboration with other philanthropies. These grants complement a global agreement to phase out potent heat-trapping gases used in… Continue Reading

Page: Cutting Potent Pollutants

Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas responsible for anthropogenic climate change. In addition, other pollutants such as methane (natural gas) are far more potent, per molecule, than carbon dioxide in changing the climate. These pollutants comprise about one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. The oil and gas industry is responsible for about a third… Continue Reading

Post: 2017 “State of Preschool” Report Released

Which states invest best in their young children, and which pre-K programs have proven most beneficial to help children close the gap with their more advantaged peers? That’s the question the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) State of Preschool yearbook aims to answer each year.

Grant Highlight: University of California, Los Angeles

Established in 1994, the Galactic Center Group, headquartered at the University of California Los Angeles, is dedicated to researching the innermost regions of the Milky Way to understand the physics and astrophysics of supermassive black holes. Black holes are regions in space with a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: New Venture Fund

Established in 2006, the New Venture Fund (NVF) is a public charity that incubates large-scale social change projects both domestically and internationally. NVF is the fiscal sponsor of the Hope and Heal Fund, established in 2016 by philanthropic leaders to address the urgent issue of gun violence in California, and to model community-based gun violence… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by journalists almost 50 years ago when the nation’s news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. Its mission is to protect the right to gather and distribute news; to keep government accountable by ensuring access to public records,… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Climate Group

Founded in 2004, The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action by catalyzing innovation and bringing solutions to scale. It brings together networks of influential corporate leaders—as well as state, finance, and civil society leaders—to demonstrate the business case for a low-carbon economy. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Environmental Defense Fund

Established in 1967, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) preserves the natural systems on which all life depends by linking science, economics, law, and innovative private-sector partnerships. It evaluates environmental challenges and works to create solutions that win lasting political, economic, and social support. This grant supports four lines of EDF’s work to reduce pollution. The… Continue Reading