WRI 2019 Funding Commitments

This list totals just over $117M, which represents 90% of funds raised in FY19. The text associated with each donor describes the major bodies of work supported and may represent multiple contributions.

Donors who provided total contributions between $500,000 and higher in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (DGIS)

Support for technical assistance and capacity building for NDC Partnership member countries on NDC and SDG implementation; core support to P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030); core support for implementation of WRI's 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ)

Support for technical assistance and capacity building for NDC Partnership member countries on NDC and SDG implementation; core support for AFR100, the Global Commission on Adaptation, and PACE

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU)

Building capacity of government institutions in India, Fiji and Guatemala to enable the creation of robust project pipelines that advance NDC implementation; Support to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in the Caribbean and Latin America; Planning and Building Climate Friendly Cities workshop

Royal Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Global Forest Watch; New Climate Economy; Cities for Forests

Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)

P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030); core support for implementation of WRI's 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan; NDC Partnership; New Climate Economy

U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)

Forest and timber trade transparency and development of processes and practices for government and private sector accounatability regarding forests management and land use decisions; support for the development of a FOLU Action Tracker and new Coalition engagment in sub-Saharn Africa; Supporting the development and knowledge dissemination of the synthesis report of World Resources report series, Toward a More Equal City

Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Global Forest Watch

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Core support for implementation of WRI's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

The Tilia Fund

Forest Legality Initiative

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Friends of Ocean Action; core support for WRI Oceans

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Support for implementation of China's middle and long-term ambitions under 2050 climate strategy

Good Energies Foundation

Global Forest Watch; Clean energy access in India

IKEA Foundation

Support for work on Paris Agreement rulebook completion, NDC enhancement, and climate finance

European Climate Foundation

Support for the Global Covenant of Mayor’s Data Portal for Cities; analysis for The Coalition of Urban Transitions global flagship report; Support for WRI's participation in the International Climate Politics (ICP) Hub; support for Clean Energy Investment Accelerator work in Indonesia and Vietnam

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Support for research on development and deployment of carbon removal technologies; Governor's Climate Unit; U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Energy, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development; making the procurement of e-buses more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective in Beijing and beyond

Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France

Support for NDC Partnership

Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands

Core funding for the Global Commission on Adaptation

FEMSA Foundation

Natural infrastructure investment and policy recommendations for urban green-gray water solutions; support for Circular Economy and WRI Mexico

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Support for the Global Commission on Adaptation with a focus on agriculture, food security and rural livelihoods

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Global Forest Watch

Shell Foundation

Support for Integrated Transport Cities (ITC), a project to demonstrate and support the path to sustainable mobility in cities through the integration of the public, private and informal transport solutions

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Support for electrification planning in Tanzania and off-grid electricity planning tools and analysis

UK Department for International Development for Indonesia

Support for the Low Carbon Development for Indonesia (LCDI) project; Core support for Finance Center work with a focus on encouraging sustainable finance considerations in BRI and multilateral development banks

UPS Foundation

Support for Science Based Targets Initiative and net zero guidance; Greenhouse Gas Protocol tool updates; research on renewable natural gas as an alternative and renewable energy source; and, research to understand infrastructure requirements for electric vehcile loads on grids 

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Support for the New Economy for Brazil project

Climate and Land Use Alliance

Research report on overlaps between natural resource concessions and community lands; Cool Food Pledge; Cool Forests for a Hot Climate publication

Climateworks Foundation

Analysis of aggregate reports on nonstate and subnational climate mitigation efforts;  Assessment of progress towards climate action activities in limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius; Funding for New Urban Mobility Initiative (NUMO); Ocean-based carbon removal; support for Cool Food Pledge


Aligning development finance from Multilateral Development Banks with the Paris Climate Agreement

United Nations Development Programme

Tehchnical support for land-use planning policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Stategy of the United Kingdom (BEIS) $607,530 Support to provide regulatory and technical inputs for Colombia´s fuel economy initiative

Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust

General support for the Climate Program

Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC)

Support for WRI's participation in the Partnership to Strengthen Transparency for co-Innovation (PaSTI)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Science Based Targets Initiative

Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Support for work toward clean energy transition in the Indian state of Tamil Nandu

Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Fund

To support analysis, outreach, and education for clean energy transition

Donors who provided total contributions between $500,000 - $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Parched Power analyses in southern Europe, northern Africa, Mediterranean region, and central Asia

The Windward Fund

Support to map the state of public water management and develop the first open-source geodatabase of public water management information for the US and Northern Mexico

Acacia Conservation Fund

General unrestricted support; general support for WRI Brasil

Duke University

Support for Global Energy Data Commons pilot

Ministry of the Environment and Energy of Sweden $360,918 Support for Coalition for Urban Transitions and New Climate Economy

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia

NDC Partnership; Climate Resilience Practice; ClimateWatch; and Greenhouse Gas Protocol

The Alexander Foundation

Unrestricted support

Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Support to establish WRI Data Lab; General support for WRI Resource Watch

Open Society Foundations

Support for Environmental Democracy Practice; Escazu Agreement 

Oak Foundation

Better Buying Lab; Cool Food Pledge

Laudes Foundation

Tomorrow's Markets

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Support to the Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT); To work with InsuResilience Global Partnership on compiling a lessons learned report on climate risk insurance mechanisms

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

National Geographic Society

Development of global data approaches to understanding urban change

Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands

Champions 12.3

Carbon Disclosure Project, North America

Core funding for the Science Based Targets Initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Green Climate Fund; development of a Provincial Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy in South Kivu

American Forests

To strengthen U.S. state capacity to mitigate and sequester carbon through natural and working lands

Rockefeller Foundation

Support for two publications on Food Loss and Waste that seek to consolidate a global narrative about the issue and share new quantitative evidence on effective action

Bank of America

Renewal funding in support of the finance center (to assess the physical risks of climate change); and the Business Center (to ensure corporate climate goals are aligned with climate policy)

Arconic Foundation

Supported the development of a global capacity development supply-side market analysis

Linden Trust for Conservation

Assess carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies and approaches for impact at scale and identify policy advocacy priorities for scaling technologies; Support for research and engagement activities to promote federal policies that will advance technological and natural carbon removal in the US; Support for research on and engagement activities that promote a carbon pricing system in the US

The Walmart Foundation

Support for WRI's Food Loss & Waste initiative

DOEN Foundation

Funding for the second iteration of the Africa Land Accelerator


Support for corporate water stewardship via the Aqueduct Alliance and membership in WRI's Corporate Consultative Group to advance corporate sustainability; support for the scoping phase to develop a guide to inform chemical sector companies pathway to setting a Science Based Target

German Development Institute

Support for appraisal mission for project which will contribute to the deep mitigation of emissions in urban areas by creating and sustaining new actor constellations at local, national and transnational levels; trigger new urban governance frameworks that leverage rapid transformative change towards zero-carbon and inclusive cities in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico

Cargill, Incorporated

Funding to establish an ambitious reduction target for its scope 3 GHG target and support to develop agribusiness guidance on quantifying/reporting on farm level food loss and waste; To develop a new radar-based alert system for detecting deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia

Environmental Protection Agency of Sweden

General support for New Climate Economy project

Spring Point Partners

Support for the development of a Joint Benefits Authority (JBA) in San Francisco, an innovative governance and financing mechanism that provides a new way for municipal governments and service providers to scale up green infrastructure in the face of climate change, and provide essential; services to underserved communicates in urban envrionments..

The World Bank

EDP to apply to OGP Trust Fund for climate work stream

Wilmar International Limited

Support to develop a new radar-based alert system for detecting deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia

U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service

Assessment of the costs and flood risk reduction benefits, or other water related resource concerns, of forest protection, restoration, and sustainable management in the Monongahela National Forest and adjacent areas

The Kresge Foundation

Advance the Joint Benefits Authority in the City and County of San Francisco

Sime Darby Berhad

To develop a new radar-based alert system for detecting deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia

Sall Family Foundation

General unrestricted support

Golden Agri-Resources

To develop a new radar-based alert system for detecting deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia

Ford Foundation

Core support for Sustainable Investing Initiative

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

To develop methods, data and tools that will enable communities to include forest/trees in GHG inventories

Green Climate Fund

Funding to assess and improve the Green Climate Fund's NAP Readiness Programme

The Nature Conservancy

Support a Reforestation Accelerator in India and the development of the forest economy and PES in Brazil

National Environment Agency of Singapore

Mulago Foundation

General support for Global Forest Watch

Embassy of the United States of America in China

U.S.-China Regulatory Cooperation in Combatting Illegal Logging and Associated Trade

Alcoa Foundation

Funding to support the development of SBT guidance for the aluminum sector

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Support for the development of a set of strategic tools and resources to support the inclusivity component of the climate action planning process

Bunge Loders Croklaan

To develop a new radar-based alert system for detecting deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia

David K. Smoot Sustainability of Life on Earth Fund

General support the Global Restoration Initiative; General unrestricted support

L'Oreal U.S.A

To develop a scope of work and cost estimate to evaluate watershed stewardship opportunities and advise the implementation of stewardship activities at select US facilities

Ernesto Bertarelli Foundation

Support for Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation's International Sustainability Unit

Uber Technologies, Inc.

Support for advisory services.

ADM Capital Foundation

Support for “Hong Kong 2050 Is Now”, an initiative to inspire ambition and mobilize action to move Hong Kong towards long-term carbon neutrality and set an example for how the city could mitigate the risks of climate change


Support for PACE secretariat


Support for PACE secretariat

Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment of Ireland

Support for NDC Partnership

Wildlife Conservation Society

Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

Support for Climate Watch — Climate Data, Tools and Capacity Building for Climate Action


To develop a new radar-based alert system for detecting deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia

The Summit Foundation

To arm cities with the information they need and prepare them for the next-level conversations needed toward agreeing on feasible and equitable pathways to 100% clean energy.

Newmont Goldcorp Corporation

A portfolio assessment applying the Cost of Water Stewardship dataset to Newmont's operations to identify priority locations and activities for Newmont to actively participate in water stewardship in their operating basins

IKEA of Sweden AB

To support the development of Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidance on carbon removals, bioenergy, land use, and land use change

Global Environment Facility

To support the creation of an inter-institutional research group called the Expert Group of the High-level Panel for Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Coca-Cola Enterprises

Water Risk Assessment work for The Coca Cola Company