Thanking Our Donors

Each year as we prepare our Annual Report, we look back with deep gratitude at how the vision and generosity of our donors makes our accomplishments possible. In 2016, donors committed a record $98.2 million to WRI. We value all our donors, and we are very proud to recognize the diverse group of supporters who share our commitment to a more sustainable and prosperous world for all.

European government partners continue to be among our largest donors, providing both institutional and programmatic support. We are particularly grateful to the governments of Denmark, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden for providing core funding to WRI. This funding allows us to be mission-focused, stay the course in addressing difficult long-term issues, and be ahead of the curve in developing innovative solutions. In short, it underpins our ability to deliver transformative outcomes to advance our common agenda. We are also grateful to the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom for their generous support to WRI’s international work on forests, cities and climate.

We welcomed the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a new major donor in 2016. Gates funding will support research on approaches to agricultural adaptation that will inform global climate finance policy and help shift society onto a climate-resilient path. Another new donor, the KR Foundation, helped launch a new initiative focused on researching, testing and ultimately scaling new strategies and actions that shift behavior and inspire individuals to consume more sustainably.

On the cusp of our 35th anniversary, we are proud to recognize the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A MacArthur gift founded WRI in 1982. New MacArthur commitments in 2016 supported WRI’s overall climate program and clean energy work in India.

Another long-standing partner, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, supported WRI’s landscape restoration initiative in Brazil and sustainable mobility work in Brazil and China. The Stephen M. Ross Philanthropies continued to provide vital core support for the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Bloomberg Philanthropies provided important funding for WRI’s cities, road safety and climate work, and our efforts to make water and climate risk data actionable for investors.