• 2003

    Spurred by a desire to protect the Amazon Rainforest, the Linden Trust for Conservation collaborated with funding and conservation partners to raise an initial $137 million to permanently conserve 32.5 million hectares of critical habitat. This effort introduced a Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) approach that is used broadly across the social sector today and underpinned the founding of Redstone Strategy Group.

  • 2007
    The Interior A bear standing at the water's edge.

    Funders, First Nations, NGOs, and community groups raised $120 million to close the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement PFP, protecting 21 million acres and fueling sustainable, indigenous-led economic development.

  • 2008

    The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation piloted an Outcome-Focused Grantmaking approach, informing and shaping many of today’s philanthropic giving standards. This approach launched strategies that conserve the North American West, support students to be college and career ready, and ensure access to reproductive healthcare in the US and around the world.

  • 2010
    Fishing boat in front of mountains

    The Environmental Defense Fund conducted a rigorous analysis of the environmental, economic, and social benefits of fishery catch shares, resulting in expanded programs and funding to protect fish and fishing communities.

  • 2010

    The Linden Trust for Conservation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy closed the Forever Costa Rica PFP, committing $57 million to protect over 5,000 square miles of terrestrial habitat and 1 million acres of marine habitat in Costa Rica.

  • 2012

    The Hewlett Foundation supported the Think Tank Initiative, creating a blueprint to apply objective, evidence-based decision-making for a global network of 50 think tanks.

  • 2013

    The Ouagadougou Partnership improved family planning and reproductive health coordination, leading to the adoption of modern contraceptive use by over 1.2 million women and girls in West Africa.

  • 2014

    Multiple funders allied with the government of Brazil to close on a $215 million PFP, expanding support for lasting conservation of over 150 million acres of the Amazon Rainforest Protected Area (ARPA).

  • 2015

    The City of Menlo Park created a strategy and launched Menlo Spark to support city-wide carbon neutrality measures.

  • 2015

    The International Planned Parenthood Fund (IPPF) increased annual funds and doubled healthcare services provided to 137 million people annually by creating systems to track and incentivize performance across 152 member organizations.

  • 2016

    The Water Funder Initiative pledged $10 million and brokered a partnership between philanthropies, the state of California, and the federal government to catalyze a $383 million plan to protect public health and habitat at the Salton Sea.

  • 2016

    A group of philanthropic donors assembled to launch a $53 million fund in support of a Montreal Protocol amendment, radically reducing the prevalence of greenhouse gases (HFCs) worldwide.

  • 2016

    Achieving the Dream launched the $10 million Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, eliminating textbook costs in degree programs at 38 community colleges.

  • 2017

    Philanthropies coordinated efforts via the Water Funder Initiative to restore and protect the Colorado River Delta, catalyzing the United States and Mexico to sign a nine-year treaty that secured water for the Delta as well as communities in both countries.

  • 2018

    Donor agencies and multilateral institutions formed the Global Book Alliance, creating a robust ecosystem to provide high-quality, openly licensed digital reading books in over 100 languages to children worldwide.

  • 2018
    Aliza Gazek

    The Helmsley Charitable Trust partnered with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Food Policy to improve food pantry efficiency and experience, launching the innovative Plentiful app and increasing distribution of food by over 10 million pounds annually.

  • 2020

    California Forward and partners released the California Dream Index, creating a powerful data platform to track progress across 10 indicators for economic mobility, security, and inclusion.

  • 2022

    Leading philanthropies allied together to launch the Educational Resources Impact Fund (ERIF), supporting the development of high-quality instructional materials and aligned supports to realize better educational outcomes.

  • 2023

    Building on a 2020 pilot project, the Collaborative for Homeless Healthcare provided services across 400+ homeless shelters in New York City.

  • 2023

    Rice University led a project funded by the Houston Endowment to test novel approaches to increase voter engagement in partnership with on-the-ground community groups in the Houston area.