Who We Are
Breakthrough’s vision is of a world that is good for both people and nature. We believe that human prosperity and an ecologically vibrant planet are possible at the same time. Societies are already experiencing peak use of many natural resources; some previously destroyed forests are returning as we use less land to farm more food; our energy sources are becoming denser and cleaner; and pollution — including carbon emissions — is falling in most post-industrial nations. We believe that ecological vibrancy results from human prosperity, not the other way around. Meeting people’s material needs is both an ethical imperative and a pre-condition for societal concern about nature. Technological innovation, particularly in energy and agriculture, can enable us to both meet human needs and reduce our reliance on natural resources. And clean energy technologies are key to creating a high-energy planet without overheating the climate. Humanity has made extraordinary progress over the past several centuries. While modernization has had both positive and negative impacts, and the benefits of development have not been equally distributed nor enjoyed by everyone, on the whole human beings live longer, freer, healthier, more prosperous, and more secure lives than our ancestors did. There is no guarantee that these trends will continue. But by embracing technology and accelerating modernization for all people, we believe humanity and nature can both thrive for centuries to come.
Breakthrough Institute is grateful for the support of the following foundations and individuals:
Pritzker Innovation Fund
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust
The Rodel Foundation
Aimee and Frank Batten Jr. Foundation
Crary Family Foundation
Fieldstead and Co.
Garrett Gruener & Amy Slater Family Fund
The Jeff and Jacqueline Miller Fund
Steven and Michele Kirsch Fund
John and Kathe Dyson
Rothrock Family Fund
Winkler Family Foundation
Arthur and Rebecca Samberg
Alex C. Walker Foundation
We are dedicated to the public interest and as such only accept charitable contributions from any person or institution without a financial interest in our work.
How to Donate
The Breakthrough Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)corporation. Our FEIN is 81-4526660. Tax-deductible donations should be made out to:
The Breakthrough Institute436 14th St. Suite 820Oakland, CA 94612
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The Breakthrough Institute is an environmental research center based in Oakland, California. Our research focuses on identifying and promoting technological solutions to environmental and human development challenges in three areas: energy, conservation, and food and farming.learn more