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Conservation, Food, and Health Grants: Capacity Building and Innovative Technology

The Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation awarded $472,007 in grants at its spring meeting.

Some of the grants that we will be following with interest relate to advancing new technologies. Venture Strategies for Health and Development, for example, will be testing of the use of text-messaging to reduce post-partum hemmorage in Zambia. In Israel, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies will test a low-cost water desalinator that can irrigate crops in very dry areas. Continue Reading »

Looking Beyond The Narrow Framing of Project Outcomes


Foundations are abuzz about monitoring, tracking, and evaluating outcomes. It is an essential discussion that shapes good grantmaking.

But as foundations zero in on narrow sets of indicators captured in relatively short time frames, we wonder if we sometimes lose track of the ripples in the pond – the unintended outcomes.

The Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation’s support of Hesperian Health Guide’s A Community Guide to Environmental Health reminds us of how many ripples its grants can have. Continue Reading »

New Partnership to Increase Giving for the Environment in New England

The Jessie B. Cox Trust recently awarded a multi-year grant to 1% for the Planet to increase environmental philanthropy in New England from the business community.

To date, 1% for the Planet member companies have donated nearly $1 million to New England non-profit organizations working on sustainability issues. With the support of the Jessie B. Cox Trust, 1% for the Planet will expand its work with New England companies, and grow its network of businesses committed to donating 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes. Continue Reading »

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