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Recognized Donors

WRI’s work is made possible through the generosity of a growing number of partners and supporters that share the Institute’s goals and objectives, including private foundations, governments, international institutions, corporations, individuals, and non-governmental organizations.

Our purpose in each of those relationships is to fulfill our mission, and we are guided in all of them by our institutional values: Independence, Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, and Respect. We neither seek nor accept financial support that would undermine those values.

WRI is mission driven, non-partisan, and independent. We enter into contractual relationships only if they are aligned with our mission and program objectives. To ensure the quality and independence of our research, our publications are subject to internal and external peer review. WRI’s “Ways and Means” document which guides staff on how to operationalize WRI mission, values, and approach, prohibits staff from manipulating research or suppressing research results because they are inconsistent with a desired outcome.

We are proud of the diverse support we receive and report regularly on the sources of our funding. Transparify, the first global rating of the financial transparency of think tanks, gave WRI their maximum five-star “highly transparent” rating. As part of our commitment to financial transparency on the funding we receive, on an annual basis WRI posts detailed information on our funding sources, total amounts received, and the projects supported. We are pleased to acknowledge the special role these supporters play in WRI’s successes.

Summary List of WRI’s FY2017 Funders representing 96% of funds raised

We would also like to recognize the partnership and commitment of WRI’s major donors, whose generous support is making it possible for WRI to significantly scale our efforts and the impact of our work.

See our annual report for a full listing of donors


Acknowledging Our Donors | Major Donors

Grants and gifts of $750,000 or more, includes revenue received 10/1/16 – 1/15/18 and older grants still open as of 10/1/16

Alcoa Foundation • Bloomberg Philanthropies • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group • Cargill, Incorporated • Caterpillar Foundation • The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation • Citi Foundation • ClimateWorks Foundation • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia • DOB Ecology • DOEN Foundation • Energy Agency of Sweden • European Climate Foundation • European Commission • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU) • FedEx Corporation Ford Foundation • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) • Good Energies Foundation • Google Inc. • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation • IKEA Foundation • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) • Irish Aid – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade • Johnson Controls International plc • Linden Trust for Conservation • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida) • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (DGIS) • Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation • The Nature Conservancy • Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) • Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs • Oak Foundation • Open Society Foundations • Michael Polsky Family • Rockefeller Brothers Fund • Rockefeller Foundation • Stephen M. Ross Philanthropies • Shell Foundation • Skoll Global Threats Fund • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) • Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust • The Tilia Fund • U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) • U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UKFCO) • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) • Villum Foundation • The World Bank • Anonymous (1)

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