Topic: Philanthropy

Philanthropy Articles

Coalition Launched to Scale up Conservation Finance

The current conservation finance gap is estimated to be $200-300 billion per year. As public and philanthropic investment in conservation are in decline, private investment has the potential to bridge it. That was the key message conveyed by the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature 2016 World Conservation Congress on Sept. 2, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Investing in Our Water Future: An Op-Ed by Mark Tercek

Around the world, water shortages are affecting communities, businesses and ecosystems. More than half of the world’s cities and three-fourths of irrigated farms are experiencing water shortages on a recurring basis. Freshwater species are disappearing as their habitats are dried up by water extraction. Looking ahead, more frequent and severe droughts linked to climate change will only exacerbate these problems. But there's good news.

John Tobin Advises Bridging the Rift between Banks and NGOs

Environmental NGOs and banks are both increasingly interested in conservation as a business opportunity. However, in the past, they have sometimes had an adversarial relationship. Their approaches to financing have also differed. In this interview, John Tobin-de la Puente, former managing director and global head of sustainability at Credit Suisse, said that partnerships between banks and NGOs are evolving toward mutual exploration of business opportunities. However, a substantial rift remains between these two types of organizations. The divide is political, pragmatic and programmatic. To reach large-scale solutions, Tobin said, NGOs must work with profit-motivated businesspeople.

Four Areas to Consider as You Dive into Program-Related Investing

More and more foundations are turning to program-related investments (PRIs) to meet their goals. While each foundation does it differently, the successful ones are looking closely at their strategies for staffing, sources of PRI funding, ways to identify investable projects, and options for locating co-investors. Rather than starting from scratch when making these decisions, foundations should look to successful case studies and industry organizations to help ease their own transition to PRIs. These are some of the key findings from a July 12 report: “How Foundations Can Use Program-Related Investments to Address Water Challenges,” by Yale School of Forestry and...