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World Resources Institute Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/20/2013: World Resources Institute

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AKA  WRI
Washington, DC
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World Resources Institute Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/20/2013: World Resources Institute

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Also Known As: WRI
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20002 
EIN: 52-1257057
Web URL: www.wri.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
U Science and Technology Research Institutes
U30 Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Research and Promotion
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S30 Economic Development
Ruling Year: 1982 


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Mission Statement

WRI is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the planet and improve people's lives. Our mission is to move society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, October 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: October 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $50,572,560
Total Expenses $48,011,355

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Dr. Andrew Steer

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Since Aug 2012

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Andrew joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change since 2010. In this role he guided Bank Group efforts on climate change in more than 130 countries, oversaw the $7 billion Climate Investment Funds, and led the World Bank’s engagement on international climate negotiations. He was a member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Energy for All and on the B20 Board on Green Growth.From 2007 to 2010 he served as Director General and Member of the Management Board at the UK Department of International Development in London. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing the development policy analysis and research for the UK Government.Prior to joining the UK Government, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environmental Department, where he oversaw a major expansion of the Bank’s environmental program, and a number of important innovations, including natural capital accounting and the introduction of carbon trading at the World Bank. For a decade he resided in East Asia directing World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia. He has also been Head of the Bank’s Country Risk department, and was also Director and chief author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank’s Flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit.Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Cambridge University. He has a PhD in Economics, has written widely on sustainable development issues, and has taught at several universities.

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Programs

Program: Climate & Energy Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$6,419,990
Category:
Environment
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change.

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Budget:
$55,826,000
Category:
Environment
Population Served:
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Program Description:

Reverse rapid degradation of ecosystems and assure their capacity to provide humans with needed goods and services

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Budget:
$3,682,690
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Environment
Population Served:
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Program Description:

Empower people and support institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.

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Budget:
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Harness markets and enterprise to expand economic opportunity and protect the environment.

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Budget:
$3,070,430
Category:
Environment
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

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Fosters viable government-business-civil society partnerships whose members are committed to finding solutions to the transportation-related problems facing the cities in which they operate.

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Because people are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge and moved to change by greater understanding, WRI provides -- and helps other institutions provide -- objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that will foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.
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Expert Assessment

The World Resources Institute (WRI) supports climate change work domestically and internationally through a variety of strategies. They have played a key role in negotiation processes, particularly related to climate finance. They have aided several states in developing an emissions strategy, as well. The organization’s research and analysis has been a vital part of increasing understanding around the topic. They have helped clarify the emissions implications of particular legislation, highlighted the long-term outcomes for resource exploitation, and more. Their solid analysis and recommendations are trusted by policy makers, and they work hard to make their information accessible to the public. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

The World Resources Institute (WRI) supports climate change work domestically and internationally through a variety of strategies. They have played a key role in negotiation processes, particularly related to climate finance. They have aided several states in developing an emissions strategy, as well. The organization’s research and analysis has been a vital part of increasing understanding around the topic. They have helped clarify the emissions implications of particular legislation, highlighted the long-term outcomes for resource exploitation, and more. Their solid analysis and recommendations are trusted by policy makers, and they work hard to make their information accessible to the public.

Research and Analysis
They produce a lot of intellectual capital necessary for moving forward. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI is actively providing data and information about climate change related issues, and is leading efforts to seek acceptable policy solutions. Other
WRI's research and convening work has a strong impact on corporations and policy makers. Other
They do excellent analysis on emissions, finance, verification, and other international and domestic climate issues. They have strong relationships with governments and international institutions, and their analysis and recommendations are taken seriously by policy makers. They have helped lead the development of climate action plans in a number of states, providing both consensus-building facilitation and technical analysis of emissions reduction options. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI released helpful analysis of climate bills when legislation was active. They compared the levels of reductions achieved by the different bills. WRI also helped convene groups of states interested in taking action on climate. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their impact comes from the way information on their website is used and from presentations by WRI experts. Other
The World Resources Institute's efforts to document global trends in resource exploitation, especially human and environmental conditions and actual or predicted consequences of resource exploitation, has been central to global understanding of emerging issues, especially climate change. Their work is evidence-based, credible, and accessible, with publication in multiple languages and modes (e.g. books, magazine, and web). Researcher and Faculty
Engaging Various Stakeholders
They have breadth of experience across the organization. Among other things, this includes work to develop methods for estimating emissions inventories, facilitating solutions with nations and states, and their international work and messaging about climate change. Other
WRI was fundamental in pulling together the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) coalition three years ago to advocate for climate legislation. While they were not successful in that particular effort, they remain influential with both industry and government. Other
WRI's impact is their programs to engage the private industry in measuring and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Policy Influence
I have seen WRI work through several initiatives in the U.S., including the Climate Registry efforts. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI has an impact on policy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI staff has played key roles in official negotiating processes. In particular, their work on climate finance has been vital to bring new ideas, develop coalitions, and offer viable options. Foundation Professional
They are a key player in international and national climate change negotiations. Many of their former staff people are in key positions in the Obama administration and in the private sector. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has built a solid reputation in the climate change community. Their work is grounded in great research, and experts consistently point to the quality scientific analysis that goes into WRI’s work. The organization has a highly knowledgeable staff in all areas of their work. The organization is known to engage many stakeholders, and to hold their concerns in mind while advocating for change. WRI has great strategists who develop highly effective tactics for global organizations and campaigns. Not only that, but the organization is equally thoughtful about their internal structure.

Knowledgeable Staff
Their staff is very knowledgeable and often produce useful documents and reports. They are well funded. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their strengths are leadership, staff, and expertise. Other
They have top-notch staff who have deep expertise in their issue areas, as well as understanding of the policy making process. They have built strong relationships with other research and policy analysis institutions in key countries. They provide leadership on some of the key technical issues in the international climate negotiations, such as measurement, reporting, and verification of countries' actions on emissions reduction and climate finance. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have very knowledgeable staff. They also have a reputation as an honest broker rather than as lobbyists. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI has high quality staff and inclusive processes. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strengths of this organization include a top-notch staff whose analytical skills are equally matched by their ability to communicate complex issues in accessible ways. Researcher and Faculty
Thoughtful Strategists
WRI offers practical, impartial solutions. They have a broad vision and interesting choices on issues and integration of issues. Plus, they have a great reputation. I loved working with them when Jonathan Pershing was there; he was amazingly helpful to me. I also enjoyed when Franz Litz worked there. They don't have anyone there now of that caliber, but it is still a good group. This is a very fine organization. It is a little hard to talk about them in a way that's relevant because they cover SO MUCH ground, but when they align on something, WRI can be very powerful. Their staffers are among the best. Other
WRI understands and acknowledges the constraints and realities of business. They keep that understanding while advocating, with a foundation in science, for change that is required. Other
Their strengths are their research, focus on market-based solutions, and their collaborative, multi-stakeholder engagement. Other
The staff and management’s work on governance extends not just to global institutions, but also to the organization itself to ensure that it maintains the highest standards and independence. On climate finance, the staff brings a long developed relationship amongst a wide range of governments. Foundation Professional
This is a generally well run organization that focuses on results, not publicity Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have strong policy development capacity and strong finances. They also have an outstanding international perspective on issues. Other
They have excellent quality material and are a wide-ranging organization. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI is very well managed. They are a strong fundraiser, and they are a great combination of a think tank with gentle advocacy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Scientific Expertise
WRI brings strong research teams to bear on projects and issues, and has a significant reliance on hard science that strengthens its arguments. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have a strong research base on several sub-issues. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have strong communications and scientific expertise. Other
They are great at providing data needed to address climate. Nonprofit Senior Staff
WRI does an excellent job, particularly in developing and supporting carbon accounting mechanisms. They also have credibility and a voice in the international community. Foundation Professional

Areas for Improvement

Many experts believe that the World Resources Institute (WRI) should work on their strategies and interactions in the domestic climate change arena. They could improve by increasing their efforts to educate members of Congress on international climate change mitigation strategies, or by reaching out to include state and local agencies in the dialog. They may also have displayed poor judgment on a specific strategy involving the private sector and other NGOs. Some experts believe WRI could improve by focusing more on direct intervention strategies that involve work “on-the-ground”. WRI should work to build the capacity of their staff by bringing on more leadership skills to compliment the knowledge base and by more tightly managing lower level staff communications.

Build Staff Capacity
They need to manage their interns and lower level staff better, as they have little grasp of the real world or diplomacy, and this undermines the quality of their work and partnerships. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They need to hire a few more people who are strong leaders and have good political sense, as well as technical capabilities. Other
Changes in Leadership
WRI has been a bit quieter on the climate front over the last year or so. Perhaps this is a result of change in leadership at the top, without a permanent replacement in place. Other
Some people are anxious because they are in a leadership transition at the CEO level. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improve Communication
They could improve on outreach and communication. Other
Sometimes they come across as too infallible, which I think causes unnecessary resistance. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They need to make their data more accessible. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More Focus "On-the-Ground"
They have limited work on the ground. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They could work on dot-connecting. I recommend stepping back from their research focus in favor of increased practical, on-the-ground application. They possess some, but could benefit from more. Other
Re-think Domestic Strategy
They could complement their strong insider communication strategies with more effective work to reach the public and constituency leaders with the results of their analysis. They should ramp up their work to inform and educate members of Congress and their staff about international climate issues, particularly the positive actions that developing countries are taking. Nonprofit Senior Staff
It would be great if they reached out to state and local clean air agencies for ideas on research that would be helpful. A different organization, Resources for the Future, did that. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They could work on convening more public policy dialogues at the national, regional, and local level. Other
On the domestic front, I believe WRI displayed poor judgment in developing a private sector/NGO strategy. It backfired on U.S. climate legislation and left the organization in a difficult position among developing country colleagues and U.S. policy makers. Foundation Professional
Protect Credibility
On occasion they hire contractors who are not competent or who have a bias that can hurt WRI's credibility. They should be cautious and assume as unbiased a position as possible. Foundation Professional
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