Category Archives: News

CALL FOR PROGRAM RELATED INVESTMENTS (PRI) PROPOSALS

To complement over a dozen years of grantmaking in the US Southwest, the Christensen Fund is inviting qualified social enterprises and quadruple bottom line projects to submit a proposal for funding from its Program Related Investments pilot. We are particularly interested in those institutions with a successful track record of establishing an enterprise or business. […]

Nature Based Solutions for Mental Health

IUCN World Conservation Congress  –   The paradox that many of us working on environmental issues know too well is that for all our talk about Nature, we spend very little time in it. Most of our time is spent behind blue screens rather than under blue skies or on blue seas.
At an experiential level I […]

Declaration of the Farmers Forum for Organic and Ecological Agriculture

On October 7th, 2015, small-scale farmers and representatives of farmers’ organizations from around Africa gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, for the 3rd African Organic Agriculture Conference, where they committed to paper a “Declaration of the Farmers Forum for Organic and Ecological Agriculture.” The participants–who included peasants, local communities, family farmers, pastoralists, fish and livestock breeders, and […]

Ethiopia: The Most Bird-Friendly Coffee in the World

In the birthplace of coffee, unique new research shows how shade-grown coffee benefits species other than tired humans.
A recent study by PhD student Evan Buechley and his professor and long-term Christensen grantee Çağan Şekercioğlu (University of Utah) shows how ecological and cultural history can determine how agriculture impacts biodiversity and ecosystem function in the forest-farm […]

Dr. Ken Wilson to Retire from The Christensen Fund

Dr. Ken Wilson, who has served as the Executive Director of The Christensen Fund for the past twelve years, has decided that it is time for him to retire and to make way for new leadership at the Fund.
“Completing a cycle in my life framed by roles in management, I now want to move to […]