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WRI 2017 Funding Commitments

Donors who provided total contributions of $500,000 and higher in Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017)

This list totals just over $98M, which represents 96% of funds raised in FY17. The text associated with each donor describes the major bodies of work supported and may represent multiple contributions.

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

Forest monitoring and landscape restoration in Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Rwanda; coordination of the Global Restoration Council; and tracking, implementing, and strengthening national GHG mitigation contributions.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

The NDC Partnership, a global initiative to help countries achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) or national climate commitments; implementation support for NDC to the Paris Agreement, and for the African Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100).

Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Global Forest Watch; Accelerating Action on REDD+; and Designing the Project for Advancing Climate Transparency (PACT) Global Stocktake

Bloomberg Philanthropies

WRI Ross Center Road Safety Initiative;  Road Safety in India; India’s Smart Cities mission; Global Protocol for Cities; low-carbon development in the Global South; supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies to explore the potential of a program in India on issues of air pollution and clean energy; and support for inclusion of data on climate-related risks on the Resource Watch platform.

Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID)

For the Coalition for Urban Transitions, which helps national decision makers unlock the power of cities for enhanced national economic, social, and environmental performance, including reducing the risk of climate change; and to support research for the publication World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City.

Stephen M. Ross Philanthropies

For the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Transform and scale restoration efforts in Brazil by combining the best practices in conservation and business acumen from commercial plantations; a non-car based model for Brazil for urban design to prevent a trajectory of high carbon development; establishment of a Low-Emission Zone in Beijing; and Initiative for Climate Action and Transparency.

USAID Democratic Republic of Congo

Capacity building to monitor forest cover change, biodiversity protection, and policy implementation to maintain the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin.

Department of Energy & Climate Change of the United Kingdom

Implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Transforming agriculture for climate resilience; and influencing equitable urbanization dialogue by supporting the development of sanitation and water working papers.

European Climate Foundation

Cities Global GHG Emissions Data Portal; Climate Briefing Service; and building demand for clean energy in Vietnam and Indonesia by mobilizing corporate demand for renewables.

Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

Forest Legality Initiative

U.S. Agency for International Development

Global Forest Watch

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia

NDC Partnership

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Global Forest Watch; and establishment of a clean energy market development strategy and operationaling the Greenhouse Gas Protocol in India.

The Tilia Fund

WRI's forest work and general support for WRI's Climate program.

Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust

America's Pledge Initiative and general support for WRI's Climate program.

DOB Ecology

Building out the land use portion of Resource Watch with monitoring of the recovery of ecosystems.

Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France

NDC Partnership

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Creation of a high impact network of bi-partisan messengers to engage decision makers on the importance of investing in durable and efficient energy and transportation infrastructure in the US; and support for the Governors' Climate Unit, a network of climate policy leaders to support states' climate policy expertise and communications capacity.

Cargill, Inc

Support for multiple private sector-related projects including: Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, Food, Loss and Waste Protocol, Global Forest Watch;and Corporate Consultative Group membership

Shell Foundation

Engagement of cities in Mexico, India, Brazil, Turkey, and China to explore ways to improve accessibility and mass transit.

U.S. Department of State

Increase investment in and deployment of renewable energy by addressing and resolving key barriers in the renewable energy policy and finance sectors; and increase private investment in landscape restoration and resilience in Africa.


For WRI's Forest work

European Commission

Implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement, in particular the implementation of the transparency and accountability mechanisms.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland

Institutional support for projects that address poverty alleviation in developing countries.

Ford Foundation

Sustainable Investing Initiative, which uses WRI research and hands-on experience with its own endowment to mainstream sustainable investing; and the Open Government Partnership

Facebook, Inc.

Support for the Aqueduct Alliance, and Energy Access and Utilities of the Future projects.


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