Liz Gadd, from New Philanthropy Capital, shares four ways funders can help tackle the climate crisis, whether they are new to the field or not.
Philanthropy Coalition for Climate
The science is clear: humans causing global warming with dire consequences for the planet and those who inhabit it. The good news? There are solutions and if we act now with sufficient urgency, we can limit future warming and its potential consequences. Already today, the consequences of climate change are visible across the globe and are hitting the most disadvantaged people. We believe that philanthropy has a unique role, responsibility and potential to act now and ensure the protection of people and the planet. Our ambition is to encourage and empower philanthropy to drive bold climate action in Europe and beyond.
Who are we?
The Philanthropy Coalition for Climate is led and hosted by Dafne as part of PEX. Our aim is to create a powerful movement for change to mobilise philanthropy across Europe and beyond to address the climate crisis and social inequalities. You can find the full presentation of our work here.
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Philanthropy is about mobilising private resources for public good yet today an overwhelming majority of philanthropic resources are used without reflecting their impact on climate change. At the same time the impacts of climate change put philanthropic missions at risk everywhere and in every field. If we don’t act now, how can we be sure that we can act tomorrow?
How do we act?
Our aim is three-fold:
Encourage foundations of all types to integrate the climate lens into their portfolio for climate action to become mainstream
Empower philanthropy support organisations to drive climate action across the philanthropy sector.
Engage partners and allies to shape the climate agenda across Europe.
What do we do?
We build climate support infrastructure and coordinate climate action in national, European and global philanthropic contexts.
We facilitate the peer exchange for national associations of foundations across Europe to build national climate support infrastructure.
Climate commitments have been rolled out at a national level in the UK, France and Spain by Dafne members, ACF, CFF and AEF respectively which, combined, have over 215 signatories. In April 2021, ACF published its first progress report, which tracks the progress of signatories across the five pillars of the Funder Commitment. Click on the images below to find out more on the individual commitments.
We promote climate action across more than 60 national, European and thematic philanthropy networks, through the PEXcommunity.
We have mapped the climate philanthropy networks and platforms and connect them through peer exchange.
We coordinate the climate voice and engagement of European philanthropy vis à vis EU and multilateral institutions.
We support WINGS in setting up and implementing the International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change at global level in time for COP26. The International Commitment is now open for signatories – start the process here.
Our call to action?
Get in touch, get involved and share your foundation’s climate journey using #PhilanthropyForClimate
We send out a weekly Climate & Philanthropy Newsletter. Please subscribe here. You can find past editions of the newsletter here. We have also curated an open source knowledge hub to further facilitate communication, information-sharing and collective thought in order to maximise the impact we can have as a sector. Click the icon above to discover the Climate & Philanthropy European Knowledge Hub.
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Relive the highlights of the European launch event of the International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change for the PEXcommunity.
The International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change is a global call to all foundations regardless of their mission, status or geographic location to come together and signal their commitment to climate action.
Anne Monier, Reasearch Fellow at the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC business school, shares key principles behind the where, who, what, how and why of intersectional peer groups.
Dr Lars Grotewold, Stiftung Mercator, highlights why climate is a cross-cutting challenge which requires urgent action from the entire philanthropic community.
Hanna Stähle, Philanthropy Advocacy, shares the highlights from a panel including Vice President Timmermans exploring the role of foundations in the Gobal Green Deal, hosted by F20 at the German Foundation Days.
ACF have published their first annual report tracking the progress of signatories of the Funder Commitment on Climate Change.
‘10 years to transform the future of humanity – or to destabilize the planet’ – this is the reality philanthropy is facing today. In time for Earth Day 2021 Dafne’s Max von Abendroth is calling philanthropy to be bold in addressing the climate crisis and deepening social inequalities.
Stefan Schurig, Foundations Platform F20, highlights the impact that decisions made at a global level will have locally and calls on philanthropists to take a stance on the climate crisis.
Elena Višnar Malinovská, Head of Unit at DG CLIMA, highlights the opportunities that the EU Climate Pact offers philanthropy organisations and their role in supporting Europe’s green transition.