Active Philanthropy's new climate guide shows how foundations can combat climate change

Active Philanthropy's new climate guide shows how foundations can combat climate change

PR Newswire

BERLIN, Oct. 5, 2020

BERLIN, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The social venture Active Philanthropy is publishing a new climate philanthropy guide showcasing how foundations around the world can adopt climate change into their funding strategies. Funding the Future – How the climate crisis intersects with your giving convincingly makes the point that most foundations are paying far too little attention to climate change. The climate guide illustrates how foundations – regardless of the nature of their activity – can successfully identify and support areas in their portfolio that are affected by the climate crisis.


Active Philanthropy, Climate Philanthropy Guide 2020, "Funding the Future – How the climate crisis intersects with your giving"


It puts forward five areas of "climate intersection": Just and democratic societies, health, disadvantaged groups, education, and nature conservation, suggesting where climate protection measures can benefit other activities of foundations. Dr Felicitas von Peter, Founder and Managing Partner of Active Philanthropy, says: "The fight against climate change is severely underfunded around the world. Given the scale of the problem, we urgently need foundations to step up their action against the climate crisis."

Sonia Medina, Executive Director Climate Change at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), reiterates the importance of working at climate intersections: "This is absolutely vital for a positive long-term impact. We at CIFF concluded that we needed to combine our work on children's issues with minimising the risk of climate impacts." And what's more, foundations would be likely to undermine their current efforts and the success of their future projects if they keep on ignoring the dangers of climate change, warns Dr Johannes Lundershausen, climate expert at Active Philanthropy and lead author of the guide.

Twelve well-known foundations and NGOs from across Europe shared their individual stories as case studies, and seventeen internationally renowned scientists contributed to the report.

The Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) serves as network partner. Active Philanthropy is grateful for the generous support of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, which has made this report possible.


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