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Conceptualizing responsible exits in conservation philanthropy

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Le Cornu, E; Gruby, RL; Blackwatters, JE; Enrici, A; Basurto, X; Betsill, M
Published in: Conservation Science and Practice
May 1, 2023

Conservation philanthropy has grown significantly in the past decade. As the number of philanthropic-supported conservation initiatives increases, so too will the frequency of exits—the ending of funding relationships. A trend toward “strategic philanthropy,” where foundations fund time-limited grants, is already contributing to near-constant exits. We draw attention to exits as a critical and ubiquitous—yet understudied—part of conservation grantmaking processes that can have tremendous impacts on the people and places foundations invest in. This paper begins to address this research gap with the first empirical study of exit processes in the context of ocean conservation philanthropy. We draw on an analysis of interviews and a knowledge co-production workshop with donors representing 36 foundations investing in ocean conservation globally to: (1) develop a conceptual framework that broadens and clarifies definitions of exits and provides a common language to characterize exits along varied dimensions, and (2) derive best practices for exiting responsibly. This paper provides timely guidance for environmental philanthropy broadly, including the need to think about exits early and often as an integral part of the grantmaking strategy. Responsible giving must include responsible exits.

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Conservation Science and Practice

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2578-4854

Publication Date

May 1, 2023

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5

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5

Related Subject Headings

  • 4104 Environmental management
  • 3103 Ecology
  • 3007 Forestry sciences
 

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Le Cornu, E., Gruby, R. L., Blackwatters, J. E., Enrici, A., Basurto, X., & Betsill, M. (2023). Conceptualizing responsible exits in conservation philanthropy. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(5). https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12868
Le Cornu, E., R. L. Gruby, J. E. Blackwatters, A. Enrici, X. Basurto, and M. Betsill. “Conceptualizing responsible exits in conservation philanthropy.” Conservation Science and Practice 5, no. 5 (May 1, 2023). https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12868.
Le Cornu E, Gruby RL, Blackwatters JE, Enrici A, Basurto X, Betsill M. Conceptualizing responsible exits in conservation philanthropy. Conservation Science and Practice. 2023 May 1;5(5).
Le Cornu, E., et al. “Conceptualizing responsible exits in conservation philanthropy.” Conservation Science and Practice, vol. 5, no. 5, May 2023. Scopus, doi:10.1111/csp2.12868.
Le Cornu E, Gruby RL, Blackwatters JE, Enrici A, Basurto X, Betsill M. Conceptualizing responsible exits in conservation philanthropy. Conservation Science and Practice. 2023 May 1;5(5).

Published In

Conservation Science and Practice

DOI

EISSN

2578-4854

Publication Date

May 1, 2023

Volume

5

Issue

5

Related Subject Headings

  • 4104 Environmental management
  • 3103 Ecology
  • 3007 Forestry sciences