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Clicking on one of the icons in the interactive graphic below will take you to a short introduction as well as case studies for the respective funding strategy. If you want to jump directly to the case studies, click on the tiles at the bottom of this page.
Conducting legal analysis, identifying and pursuing law cases that have impact beyond the individual caseRead More
Raising awareness of underreported issues, direct calls to action and behavioural change, petitions, media campaignsRead More
Background analysis, policy design, engagement of decision-makers, developing evidence for policy changeRead More
Supporting action directly on the ground (in a given locality) e.g. humanitarian aid, expenses for local ecosystem protection, building schoolsRead More
Empowering marginalised groups, movement building, civil disobedience, bottom-up initiativesRead More
Exchanging knowledge and best practices, building coalitions, creating consensus, strengthening infrastructure for closer collaborationRead More
Sharing information and making it accessible, building narratives, shaping social norms and valuesRead More
Education, vocational training, transferable skills, peer exchange, developing ideasRead More
Research & Development
Scientific research, technological development, assessment of problems and development of innovative solutionsRead More
Providing risk capital, mission-related investments, engaging in shareholder activismRead More
Most funders agree that climate change is an urgent problem. But many are new to the topic and do not know where to start. Moreover, few foundation leaders are convinced that their strategies to address climate change are "very effective" (Orensten et al. 2022, p.22). This gap between the awareness of the climate crisis and the self-attested ineffectiveness of funding strategies calls for new approaches. Funders need to try out strategies new to them or to the region and specific climate issue that they are working on.
Continue reading if you are looking for an easy entry into climate philanthropy, or if you want to better understand other climate funders. The following pages provide practical insights from 15 European and six US funders. They inspire you to rethink your current funding strategy and to consider new partnerships.
Orensten, Naomi; Malmgren, Katarina; Lopez, Maria (2022): Much Alarm, Less Action. Foundations & Climate Change. The Center for Effective Philanthropy. Cambridge, MA. Available online at http://cep.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CEP_Much_Alarm_Less_Action.pdf, checked on 8/8/2022.
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