Tracking the Field Volume 3: Exploring Environmental Grantmaking - Executive Summary

Dec 07, 2011
  • Description

This summary of the Environmental Grantmakers Association's Tracking the Field, vol. 3: Exploring Environmental Grantmaking provides the primary findings that will be analyzed in the full report (to be provided to EGA members only in February, 2012). The findings of this document and the full report are broken in to five main areas: total environmental giving for all U.S.-based environmental grantmakers and EGA members specifically, giving by issue from all U.S.-based environmental grantmakers and EGA members specifically, geographic distribution of all environmental grants globally and global and domestic distribution for EGA members' grants, strategies funded by EGA members, and regranting within EGA (grants between EGA members). The full report will also provide a deeper analysis of global giving, cross-sectorial analyses, trends across three years of grant data, and appendices that provide top grantee profiles and a directory of funders by issue. The final section of this document provides the methodology The third volume of Tracking the Field continues the evolution of data collected, analyzed and presented to build a better understanding of the environmental philanthropic field. Building on the findings of the first two reports (in 2007 and 2009), this report analyzes nearly 9,000 grants made in 2009 by the vast majority of EGA's 200+ members with an added level of detail and rigor. The first report coded over 5,000 grants by issue, listed members by asset level and provided a directory of members by issue. The second report reviewed nearly 10,000 grants, listed the largest members by environmental giving, further honed the area taxonomy, added geographic distribution of environmental grants, listed top grant recipients, provided information outside the EGA community through a partnership with The Foundation Center and offered a deeper analysis in a couple key areas. Similar to the last report the third volume includes data from The Foundation Center, codes grants by issue and geography, lists the largest foundations by giving and top grant recipients and provides deeper analysis of a couple key areas. It also provides trends in funding, adds a second level to the issue area for a more nuanced classification, adds strategy to the coding taxonomy for additional information, reviews grants between EGA members (regranting) and provides more detailed information on the grantees.