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Acting on the Climate Crisis – Why, How and the Role of Philanthropy: A resource pack for funders

June 28, 2021

Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and the planet we call home. As many have reflected, it has no vaccine. Its economic, social and health impacts will dwarf those of the COVID-19 pandemic – unless we step up our response, and fast. We believe a key reason for inaction on climate change by potential funders is the difficulty both in understanding the issue and in finding effective solutions. This resource pack was developed to help funders overcome these challenges. It provides a range of useful and accessible sources of information on climate change: why it is so urgent, how it impacts other charitable causes, what the solutions are, and how funders – whether through grantmaking, operations or investments – can make a difference.

Climate philanthropy

Funder Commitment on Climate Change: Year 1 Report

April 22, 2021

The Funder Commitment on Climate Change is a holistic, high-level framework for foundations - whatever their size, mission, or area of benefit - to play their part in tackling the causes and impacts of climate change. It was launched in November 2019, and since June 2020 has been hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundation (ACF). This UK initiative has inspired foundation networks in France and Spain to develop parallel commitments, and there are also plans for national commitments in other states and a global version. ACF invited all current signatories to respond to a simple survey of actions taken under each of the elements of the Funder Commitment. Funders were invited to make a simple self-assessment of their progress in each area - the collated results of which are shown as bar charts in this report. ACF also took this opportunity to ask signatories about how ACF can best support peer learning and further action, and finally to gather some basic data about the signatories to inform future work. 

Climate philanthropy

Funding the Future - How the climate crisis intersects with your giving - French version

March 12, 2021

This guide illustrates how the climate crisis impacts funding portfolios and highlights where there are co-benefits with taking climate action. It looks at five key areas that we call 'climate intersections.'The findings and suggestions in this report are meant to shine a light on how you as a funder can increase your impact by applying a climate lens to existing work. You know your portfolio best, and are therefore well placed to think through what these intersections mean for your work. The report is also interspersed with case studies on funders and select NGOs who are already applying this lens to their work.

Climate philanthropy; Cultures of Giving

Funding the Future - How the climate crisis intersects with your giving

June 23, 2020

This guide illustrates how the climate crisis impacts funding portfolios and highlights where there are co-benefits with taking climate action. It looks at five key areas that we call 'climate intersections.'The findings and suggestions in this report are meant to shine a light on how you as a funder can increase your impact by applying a climate lens to existing work. You know your portfolio best, and are therefore well placed to think through what these intersections mean for your work. The report is also interspersed with case studies on funders and select NGOs who are already applying this lens to their work.

Climate philanthropy; Cultures of Giving; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Impact Inventing: Going Green

August 1, 2016

This report is a summary of the global roundtable discussions facilitated in 2015 and 2016 to determine what levels of ecosystem support are needed for invention-based businesses to promote environmental sustainability. The majority of the research presented in this report was collected from the aforementioned roundtable discussions held in South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, and India. In total,163 practitioners from 122 organizations attended the roundtables. After documenting and analyzing the preliminary research phase that included stakeholder interviews and discussions from the roundtables, several key findings surfaced on the challenges and opportunities in the various ecosystems that prevent or enable green inventors from achieving financial and environmental sustainability. The findings in this study are presented by category (capacity development, finance, policy, and metrics) within the aforementioned framework and were observed in light of each participating country's context. A multi-dimensional approach to presenting these findings was employed due to the various levels of SGB participation in environmental sustainability. To explain, some countries in the roundtable discussions had more SGBs with environmental sustainability components, i.e., production processes, than others due to a variety of factors that are explored in this report. Therefore, our approach in presenting these findings incorporated the opportunities and challenges of SGBs who already have environmental sustainability components, as well as those who are still exploring the concept.

Climate philanthropy; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Copenhagen - Beyond Green: The socioeconomic benefits of being a green city

November 1, 2011

The city of Copenhagen is well known for being a green city. What is not as well known about being a green city are the social and economic benefits. The study documents that Copenhagen's green city strategy has not only brought great reductions in the CO2 emissions, decreased pollution, created several green jobs and produced annual growth rates of an impressive 12 percent in the green sector. The city's green ambitions have also triggered a great improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Copenhagen and created growth, export and job opportunities throughout the entire economy of the city -- not just in the clean-tech sector.

Climate philanthropy

Funding Strategically in the Field of Climate Change

September 1, 2009

This paper aims to help donors identify strategic intervention points for effective funding and action in the arena of climate change. It is a summary of remarks from learning forums convened by the Institute for Philanthropy and Synergos in New York and London in May 2009, with the support of Oak Foundation and Zennström Philanthropies.

Climate philanthropy

Philanthropy in Disasters: Tsunami and After: Corporate Philanthropy in Thailand

November 1, 2005

A compilation of background papers presented during the conference of the same name, this publication is divided into five sections and a three-page bibliography. It focuses on corporate philanthropy in Thailand following the December 2004 tsunami in South East Asia. The compilation was prepared for the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium.

Asia-Pacific; Climate philanthropy

Preparing for and Responding to Public Emergencies and Natural Disasters

September 1, 1993

This is a 33-page guide designed to help foundations prepare for and respond to emergencies of all scales.

Climate philanthropy; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

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