Projects We Support

Net Impact


Urban Gardens of People’s Grocery

People’s Grocery operates urban gardens in West Oakland that allow people to work together as community, growing a variety of organic vegetables and fruits while teaching youth about how to cultivate and cook their own food.

Supporting Consensus-building for Indigenous Leaders

Indigena supports community-initiated projects that translate and connect ancient wisdom with current ways of life to provide connective threads of consensus, healing, agreement, and vision for indigenous communities working to protect the Earth.

IFAW Animal Action Education

IFAW’s Animal Action Education program engages more than 5M students and educators in dozens of countries each year with educational materials to educate, inspire and empower young people to respect and protect animals and the environment.

Solar Micro Grid Powers Rural School in Mugurameno, Zambia

Mugurameno Basic, one of the most rural schools in Zambia, currently has no running water or electricity. Through this grant the school will receive a clean, renewable source of electricity from the Empowered by Light.

EarthEcho Environmental Education

EarthEcho International is a leading environmental education organization dedicated to activating a new generation of youth to solve the most critical conservation problems facing the world.

Empowering Communities through Technology

Digital Democracy believes that technology must be used to promote civic engagement. This project supports communities in Peru, Guyana, Ecuador and Mexico in utilizing robust tools for conservation of bio-diverse hot-spots climate change adaptation.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

CELDF brings together public interest law and grassroots organizing into a unique legal and organizing strategy – partnering with communities, civil society, and governments to drive a new paradigm for environmental protection based on rights.

The Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute's AskNature project brings biology to the design table by inspiring and enabling innovators around the world to emulate nature’s time-tested forms, processes, and systems as they solve this century’s greatest challenges.

Revolution From the Heart of Nature

Bioneers convenes leading social and scientific thinkers advancing the most important ideas to make the planet more sustainable. The grant supports the Resilient Communities Network conferences and initiatives as well as public leadership training programs.

‘Dark Snow’ Arctic Research

The Dark Snow Project gathers hard numbers to quantify human-caused industrial and wildfire black carbon soot, mineral dust; and microbes on the melting of sea ice and snow in Greenland, and their impacts on climate change.

The Solutions Project: 100% campaign

The Solutions Project accelerates the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by mid-century. Leveraging the latest science and analysis on available wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy resources, this campaign engages both the public and policymakers.

Campaign to Stop Coal Financing in Europe

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Heffa Schucking in a campaign targeting Europe's top ten financiers to “stop bankrolling climate change” by focusing on institutional customers of these banks, such as foundations, churches, and businesses.

Evaluating Ivory Trade Policies

Led by implementing partner NRDC, this project provides an in-depth review of China’s ivory trade policies and domestic ivory market, providing guidance to the CITES Management Authority of China and the country’s State Forestry Administration.

Sniffer Dog Program Analysis for Africa

Commissioned by Elephant Crisis Fund, this project with Working Dogs for Conservation investigates how best to use sniffer dogs in detecting both poachers and ivory as it is trafficked from Africa to foreign markets.

Surveying the Chinese Ivory Trade

This project funds an investigation by experts commissioned by Wildlife Conservation Network to determine why average retail prices for raw ivory in China have tripled in the last four years, reaching $2,100 per kilo by May.

Government Policy and Opinion Leaders

A campaign led by IFAW to support business and media influencers in pressuring governments to enact a ban on ivory sales. This includes a U.S. campaign with 450,000 signatures on a petition asking Obama to ban the domestic ivory trade.

Identifying Wildlife Crime Routes

Using cutting-edge DNA testing and other forensic analysis, this investigation by WildLife Direct tracks the movement of elephant tusks through Kenya, establishing entry points, routes and exit points of ivory, as well as the modus operandi of dealers and cartels.

Establishing a Hong Kong Ivory Ban

Hong Kong has long been a primary portal for China’s ivory trade. A ban on domestic ivory trade there would set a powerful precedent. Supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, WildAid is working to create a groundswell of support working with senior legislators in the country.

Changing Public Opinion in China

TV spots by stars like Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and Li Bingbing have gained widespread publicity and are helping to shift policy in China, contributing to a landmark announcement by the government that it will phase out the country's ivory industry.

Increasing Penalties for Wildlife Crime, Kenya

Previously just 4% of suspects in wildlife cases went to jail and maximum fines for ivory possession were only $350. A new watchdog system, supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, in Kenya’s courtrooms has now led to multiple life sentences and fines up to $225,000.

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