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Has Green Failed Because Environmental Donors Have Been Giving to the Wrong Groups?

Has Green Failed Because Environmental Donors Have Been Giving to the Wrong Groups?

Floating out under the radar about ten days ago was a new report on philanthropy and the environmental movement, which purports to have at least part of the solution to why, by and large, 1) there have been both been so few major political victories on environmental issues (at least the big ones) in the past two decades, and 2) why the bed of grassroots support for real environmental change isn't more lush. The quick answer: Donors to environmental organizations are mostly neglecting funding anything than the big lobbying groups, ignoring the community-based grassroots organizations needed to build up wide-reaching popular support. The National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy 's Cultivating the Grassroots report says that from 2000-2009 environmental funders gave $10 billion (interestingly, roughly 20% more than BP is expected to payout in the Gulf oil spill civil s...

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