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Recognized Donors

WRI’s work is made possible through the generosity of a growing number of partners and supporters that share the Institute’s goals and objectives, including private foundations, governments, international institutions, corporations, individuals, and non-governmental organizations. View the full list of current donors in the 2015 WRI Annual Report.

Our purpose in each of those relationships is to fulfill our mission, and we are guided in all of them by our institutional values: Independence, Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, and Respect. We neither seek nor accept financial support that would undermine those values.

WRI is mission driven, non-partisan, and independent. We enter into contractual relationships only if they are aligned with our mission and program objectives. To ensure the quality and independence of our research, our publications are subject to internal and external peer review. WRI’s “Ways and Means” document which guides staff on how to operationalize WRI mission, values, and approach, prohibits staff from manipulating research or suppressing research results because they are inconsistent with a desired outcome.

We are proud of the diverse support we receive and report regularly on the sources of our funding. Transparify, the first global rating of the financial transparency of think tanks, gave WRI their maximum five-star “highly transparent” rating. As part of our commitment to financial transparency on the funding we receive, on an annual basis WRI posts detailed information on our funding sources, total amounts received, and the projects supported. We are pleased to acknowledge the special role these supporters play in WRI’s successes.

Summary List of WRI’s FY2016 Funders representing 95% of funds raised

We would also like to recognize the partnership and commitment of WRI’s major donors, whose generous support is making it possible for WRI to significantly scale our efforts and the impact of our work.

Acknowledging Our Donors | Major Donors

Grants of $1 million or more, includes revenue received 10/1/14 - 1/15/16 and older grants still open as of 10/1/14

Bloomberg Philanthropies • Caterpillar Foundation • The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation • ClimateWorks Foundation • DOEN Foundation • European Commission • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany • Google • Johnson Controls, Inc. • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation • Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Oak Foundation • Michael Polsky Family • Stephen M. Ross Philanthropies • Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs • Royal Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment • Shell Foundation • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation • The Tilia Fund • U.K. Department for International Development • U.S. Agency for International Development • United Nations Environment Programme • Villum Foundation

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