24 Feb '12, 8pm

Time for environmental funders to stop neglecting the grassroots:

Time for environmental funders to stop neglecting the grassroots:

Money makes the grassroots grow. Particularly since the failure of the climate bill, the strategies and tactics of the environmental movement have come in for a great deal of criticism. But there has been curiously little discussion of a set of players that have more influence than anyone over those strategies: the philanthropic organizations that fund the environmental movement. It’s not surprising: Everyone can see environmental NGOs and assess their work. But environmental funders largely operate outside public view, with very little transparency and almost no accountability. I doubt most people, even dedicated greens, could name two or three big funders, much less assess their work. So how exactly are environmental philanthropists shaping strategy? There is a criticism of funders on the left that is so old and familiar as to have become cliché. It goes like this: The r...

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