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WRI 2018 Funding Commitments

Donors who provided total contributions of $500,000 and higher in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)

This list totals just over $132M, which represents 96% of funds raised in FY18. The text associated with each donor describes the major bodies of work supported and may represent multiple contributions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

Creating the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, a global pact to protect the world's Ocean; instilling principles of accountability, inclusivity, and sustainability within land use management in Papua.

Stephen M. Ross Philanthropies

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G), a global forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement; core support for implementation of WRI's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway

Global Forest Watch (GFW) and New Climate Economy (NCE).

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

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

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Stategy of the United Kingdom

Coalition for Urban Transitions, a global initiative to support national governments to accelerate economic development and tackle dangerous climate change by transforming cities.

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; increasing water security, climate resilience, and creating a scalable foundation to help countries globally adapt to climate-related water challenges and sustainably manage water resources; transitioning developing countries to clean buses.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Core support for implementation of WRI's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan; synthesis study on climate adaptation interventions in developing countries.

United Nations Office for Project Services

Establishing an integrated platform to improve the monitoring process and emission reduction measurements of peatland protection and restoration activities; developing, implementing and overseeing frameworks that enable governments, non-profits and the private sector to account for both the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and sustainable developments benefits generated by their activities.

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

Scaling forest and landscape restoration in Brazil.

Stitching IKEA Foundation

Assisting partners in India and East Africa improve their ability to implement renewable energy into their operations; developing Energy Access Explorer, a GIS platform that visualizes demand for energy.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Global Forest Watch (GFW); support countries in applying for Global Environment Facility (GEF) funds from the Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Program, to increase their investments in strategies that reduce agricultural pressure on natural ecosystems.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Support Chinese cities in realizing the "Transit Metropolis" development model, resulting in reduction of CO2 emissions; researching, mobilizing, and creating blueprints for improving air quality through Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) in Brazil; local learning and development for staff in China.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Flexible support for the Climate program

Oak Foundation

Core support for WRI; strengthening work in climate and sustainable transport in WRI India, Brasil, and China; global climate governance

Bloomberg Philanthropies

The American Cities Climate Challenge, an initiative to help mayors across the U.S. move further and faster on climate change; proposal and deliverables formulation for the Bloomberg Renewable Cities Project.

European Climate Foundation

Support for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to develop a Data Portal for Cities; measuring the collective impact of cities and supporting cities to enhance ambition and climate action; expanding the work of the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator in Vietnam and building demand for clean energy in Vietnam from industrial and corporate partners; support for the Climate Briefing Services.

The World Bank

Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC); report demonstrating the World Bank’s understanding and commitment to fostering green-gray infrastructure in client countries and World Bank-financed operations; communication materials and support for Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR); Road safety capacity building of Nairobi metropolitan area; knowledge Products for TransFORM Platform;

Citi Foundation

Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI) to help cities accelerate and scale-up investments in sustainanle urban solutions.

Global Environment Facility

Building Efficiency Accelerator

GIZ China

Advancing the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Paris Agreement; Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) for Impact at Scale and transport; support for the Water, Peace, and Security (WPS) partnership and a working paper on Water, Security, and Conflict; implementation of the Transforming Transportation conference; study on coal plants in China and their impacts on water and grazing land.

Climateworks Foundation

Support for WRI's role in highlighting subnational action driving climate leadership in the U.S; promoting zero-carbon buildings and buildings energy efficiency in India; advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement; support for WRI's Power Explorer and the Global Power Plant Database; ‘THE MOVE’ Summit, a summit to support India to define a comprehensive mobility agenda and identify areas for global cooperation; technical review of the activities of the India Greenhouse Gas Platform; The Non-Party Climate Action Data, Analysis, and Communication workshop; developing a methodology to assess electricity transmission and distribution investments; study on water-energy-food nexus strategy in China; Science Based Targets in apparel sector.

Hivos Foundation

Global Forest Watch (GFW)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland

Support for the implementation and preparation of robust and ambitious National Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Least Developed Countries (LDCs);

USAID Democratic Republic of Congo

Strengthening Central Africa Environmental Management and Policy Support (SCAEMPS)

UK Department for International Development for Indonesia

A whole-of-economy study in Indonesia.

Toyota Mobility Foundation

Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP), an initiative working with metro rail agencies and other local partners to enable innovative solutions for integrated mobility in Indian cities.

World Economic Forum

The Friends of the Ocean Action Agenda.

Shell Foundation

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


Global Forest Watch; enabling effective community based management and protecting biodiveristy resources in Madagascar.

Asian Development Bank

Support Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) cities to plan and build sustainable and climate resilient urban infrastructure; study on land value capture.

PepsiCo, Inc.

Global Plastic Action Partnership; Corporate Consultative Group (CCG); Courage to Lead

Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands

The Global Commission on Adaptation, which seeks to accelerate adaptation action and increase political support for building climate resilience.

U.S. Forest Service International Programs

Timber Legality and Transparency - Combating illegal logging and associated trade and promoting trade in legally-sourced forest products

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Opportunity assessment for pathways to natural climate solutions on natural and working lands.

U.S. Agency for International Development

Global Forest Watch (GFW)

U.S. Department of State

Clean and Advanced Energy Investment Accelerator (CAEIA), an initiative to advance cleaner energy development by overcoming policy barriers and spurring investments in developing countries.

Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust

General support for the Climate Program

IHE Delft Foundation

The Water, Peace and Security Initiative to develop and test information tools, analysis, capacity building, advice and the building of networks to support policy makers and practitioners to timely identify, analyse and reduce the risks of water related conflict and to increase stability and resilience.

FedEx Corporation

FedEx Challenge Award in India

University of Maryland

America's Pledge on Climate Change

Pirojsha Godrej Foundation

WRI India


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