Stories

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.

Environment

Migratory bird programs (video)

Migratory bird programs (video)

As part of its effort to expand and enhance California’s migratory bird habitat, the Foundation has invested in demonstrating science-based solutions, incentive programs, and new tools for achieving habitat conservation on public and private land.

Water, Environment

Rivers Connect Us (Video)

Rivers Connect Us (Video)

American Rivers envisions a nation where wild rivers are protected, developed rivers are managed to restore river health and community well-being, and clean, plentiful water is available and accessible to people, fish, and wildlife.

Water, Land, Environment

Environment Program: Toward a Resilient California Environment and Economy

Environment Program: Toward a Resilient California Environment and Economy

Allison Harvey Turner overviews the history of Foundation activity and how it has shaped direction for land and water investments.

Education, STEM, Character

Education Program: Investing in Knowledge, Skills, and Character

Education Program: Investing in Knowledge, Skills, and Character

Susan Harvey describes how the Foundation is building on early STEM funding, and supporting youth character development.

Foundation, President's Updates

President’s Update, Summer 2016

President’s Update, Summer 2016

Lauren B. Dachs and colleagues describe the Foundation’s core lines of work which provide focus for the remaining years of the spend down, through 2020.

Resiliency, Effectiveness

Preparing for the Future at Sustainable Conservation

Preparing for the Future at Sustainable Conservation

This nonprofit explored and pursued opportunities to strengthen resiliency as a part of an overall commitment to capacity building.

Foundation, Resiliency, President's Updates

Resiliency: Why It Matters, How Nonprofits and Funders Can Build It

Resiliency: Why It Matters, How Nonprofits and Funders Can Build It

Lauren B. Dachs writes about the Foundation’s commitment to building organizational capacity.