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Donors may choose to give to RFF’s general support fund or allocate their donation to one of several giving areas at RFF. Learn more about supporting RFF.

Resources for the Future—General Support
General support helps RFF fulfill many essential functions, including providing basic support for researchers underwriting public events, including the First Wednesday Seminar Series, and conducting outreach to inform policymaking. General support allows RFF to apply resources where they’re most needed and enable researchers to take risks, pursue new lines of inquiry, take advantage of funding opportunities, and engage with policymakers.

RFF’s Center for Climate and Electricity Policy (CCEP)
CCEP researchers help to develop domestic and international policies that address global climate change while promoting economic growth. In addition to their research on carbon taxes and energy efficiency, CCEP researchers examine greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, state and regional policies to reduce emissions, and the impact of abundant natural gas on the electricity sector, among other issues.

RFF’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP)
Researchers working in CEEP help to develop smart approaches for the efficient use and sustainable development of energy resources. They explore the risks and benefits of shale gas, the impact of fuel economy standards, the economics of natural gas, the market for alternative vehicles, and the intersection of energy and water, among other issues.

RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth (CMEW)
At CMEW, researchers examine a variety of topics related to the efficient and effective management of natural resources. They explore flooding and forest issues, eco-certification programs, opportunities for investing in public lands, and how to measure returns on conservation investments, among other issues.

RFF Chair in Forest Economics and Policy
Resources for the Future is currently seeking contributions for RFF’s Chair in Forest Economics and Policy, an endowed fund that will support an expert who conducts research and analysis on forestry and environmental sustainability issues—with a focus on timber supply, wood energy, and global environmental challenges related to forests—to help policymakers understand the underlying economics critical to the development and implementation of forest policy in the United States

RFF’s Policy Engagement Fund
The RFF Policy Engagement Fund provides flexible, rapid-response funding for research and outreach on current environmental and energy policy priorities. The fund support researchers’ efforts to provide nonpartisan, objective, and timely information to policymakers, including invitations to give testimony before congressional committees, brief members of Congress and the administration, and serve on policy advisory committees.

RFF’s New Frontiers Fund
The RFF New Frontiers Fund supports continued excellence in pushing research boundaries. It encourages RFF researchers to take risks in pursuit of wholly new ideas that tackle difficult problems and to explore unusual approaches to solving today’s pressing natural resource and environmental issues.

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