Stories

Land, Environment

Charting the Course for 21st Century California State Parks

Charting the Course for 21st Century California State Parks

The state park system is being transformed to help improve access and uses today, while preserving its resources for generations to come.

Water, Environment

Aspen Institute Report Calls for “Internet of Water”

Aspen Institute Report Calls for “Internet of Water”

A new report from the Aspen Institute and its partners provides the blueprint for connecting data and advancing water sustainability.

Evaluation, Effectiveness

Environmental Education Better Results Toolkit

Environmental Education Better Results Toolkit

The Foundation partnered with Learning for Action to develop tools and techniques for data-driven program improvement.

Exits, Effectiveness

Learning How to Exit: New Resources for Philanthropy

Learning How to Exit: New Resources for Philanthropy

The Foundation is helping bring forward lessons and tools that can inform others who are spending down assets and ending initiatives.

Education, Character

Character Development: Connecting Peers to Improve Practice

Character Development: Connecting Peers to Improve Practice

The Foundation is supporting national youth development leaders to promote deeper understanding of the value and practice of building character.

Water, Environment

Water Management: Working Across Boundaries

Water Management: Working Across Boundaries

The newly independent Water Foundation is positioned to help transform the ways water is used in the American West.

Foundation, President's Updates

President’s Update: Winter 2017

President’s Update: Winter 2017

Lauren B. Dachs writes about preparations for the Foundation’s sunset in 2020.

Effectiveness

The Future of Measurement: Using Data and Learning for Greater Good

The Future of Measurement: Using Data and Learning for Greater Good

The Foundation is joining with others across the nonprofit sector to reimagine measurement as a tool for increased effectiveness and impact.

Foundation, President's Updates

President’s Update: Fall 2016

President’s Update: Fall 2016

Lauren B. Dachs reflects on the first eight years of the Foundation’s spend down, and introduces a timeline chronicling decisions and milestones in the process.

Water, Environment

Environment Program: Solving the Salton Sea crisis

Environment Program: Solving the Salton Sea crisis

Allison Harvey Turner co-authors an op-ed describing public and philanthropic investments to prevent the collapse of the Salton Sea.