Tate Williams

Browsing the "Inside Philanthropy" Tag

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The Promise and Limits of Cities and Billionaires in Trump’s America

There’s a certain amount of comfort to be taken from living in an American city during the Trump era—that is, if you’re not thrilled with where the nation at large has lately been headed. I suspect a lot of people [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment
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In Diller Island’s Demise, a Cautionary Tale of Donor Influence

Just like that, Pier 55, a $250 million floating park (cultural island? entertainment center? performing arts pier?) to be built over a dilapidated pier on the Hudson River, is no more. A lot of people are very upset about its [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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It’s Time for Funders to Bankroll Climate Movement Building

The response to Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement was swift and encouraging. Hundreds of mayors, at least 10 states, and scores of businesses and universities issued statements or signed pledges to continue progress [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment
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A Funding Effort to Build a Stronger, More Diverse Climate Movement

Getting the United States to take meaningful action on climate change means building a lot more power, starting in communities where people are most vulnerable, and then building local momentum into state and national solutions. That’s the philosophy of Roger [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment
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‘You Get Ideas.’ The Flatiron Institute is Bringing Together Computer Scientists, Biologists, and Astrophysicists

Bring leading computer scientists together with leading astrophysicists, and exciting stuff happens—complex computer simulations of galaxy formation, algorithms churning through terabytes of data collected by telescope arrays. Same thing goes for biologists, as they work with programmers to bring order [...]

September 22, 2017 Portfolio, Science & Environment
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The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute

To create a new institute focused on society’s pressing energy problems, Dartmouth has accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the credibility of such an institute. [...]

September 23, 2016 Science & Environment
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Can Philanthropy Spur the Massive Climate Finance the Developing World Needs?

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent? [...]

June 10, 2016 Science & Environment
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‘Extremes Are Becoming the Norm.’ Why Water is the Next Big Issue For Philanthropy

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent?  [...]

May 9, 2016 Science & Environment
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Tom Steyer’s Climate Fight Marches On, But Will Young People Follow?

Tom Steyer is in the climate fight for the long haul. His NextGen Climate is emphasizing people power in 2016, raising the question—will young people rally behind a billionaire donor? [...]

April 28, 2016 Science & Environment
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The Goldman Winners Are Inspiring—Too Bad Such Bold and Diverse Work is Underfunded

The exciting work of the Goldman Prize winners should be an eye-opener to environmental funders. They reflect a level of diversity and grassroots activism in marginalized communities that is sadly lacking in green philanthropy. [...]

April 21, 2016 Science & Environment