Foundations Respond to the Climate Crisis: More Alarm Than Action

by: Kyle Anderson
June 20, 2022
A jungle burning with a sky filled with smoke

Calls for foundations to help address climate change have become louder in recent years as the climate predicament has become more apparent. The Hewlett Foundation recently commissioned The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to study the perspectives of foundation and nonprofit leaders on the topic of climate change. The CEP is a nonprofit organization that provides data, feedback, programs, and insights to help individual and institutional donors improve their effectiveness.

The report makes for an interesting read and raises some thought provoking questions. Data released in the CEP’s report shows that 89% of foundation leaders agree that climate change is a very urgent problem in the world but many non-climate funders see climate change as outside the scope of their mission and resources. Furthermore, the report shows that foundation efforts to address climate change is relatively limited in terms of grantmaking dollars and that many foundation leaders question the overall effectiveness of climate philanthropy. 

The stakes appear very high. This report might serve as food for thought and spur some interesting discussions at your foundation. 

Read the full report here.

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