Of philanthropy that is directed to climate,
95% is directed to white and overwhelmingly
male-led climate advocacy groups
Statistics paint an alarming picture of under-funding. Philanthropy needs to be redesigned to support an intersectional approach to grantmaking that will permanently shift power and resources to those on the front lines, especially to historically marginalised and underrepresented groups and communities.
Currently, less than 2% of global philanthropy goes toward supporting organisations working on climate mitigation, with approximately 0.5% going to environmental initiatives in the Global South (One Earth). Of the philanthropy that is directed to climate, 95% of it is directed to white and overwhelmingly male-led climate advocacy groups (Solutions Project) & (Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Justice) and only 0.76% to youth climate movements (Youth Climate Justice Study).
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FUNDING TRENDS 2023: CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION PHILANTHROPY
ClimateWorks fourth annual report on funding trends in climate change mitigation philanthropy covers eight years of funding data from 2015 to 2022.
In 2022, the amount of philanthropic funding for climate change mitigation remained essentially unchanged from the previous year — a slowdown from the consistent growth we saw in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Climate giving showed some resilience in 2022 despite challenging global economic conditions, but ultimately fell short of the scale needed to address the crisis. In this decisive moment for the planet, philanthropy must rapidly raise its ambition for advancing transformative climate solutions — in partnership with a wider range of communities, movements, and organizations — and move more funds faster to the places that need them most.
WHY YOUTH, WHY NOW?
Publisher: Youth Climate Justice Study
The slide deck sets out why youth-led climate justice movements deserve more attention from funders. It tells the story of how young campaigners have helped to re-energise the wider climate movement, pushing government, corporate and financial sector actors towards more ambitious commitments. It describes the philanthropic funding available to youth-led organisations now, the barriers that these groups face in accessing funds, and the types of support that they find the most helpful.
MUCH ALARM, LESS ACTION: FOUNDATIONS & CLIMATE CHANGE
Publisher: Center for Effective Philanthropy
Despite the urgency of climate change and the narrowing window for action, philanthropic funding to address climate change remains very limited. Total philanthropic giving by foundations and individuals focused on climate change mitigation represents less than two percent of total global philanthropic giving, according to the ClimateWorks Foundation. While there is some evidence of increased momentum in recent years, more action will be needed to match the scale of the climate crisis.
CENTERING EQUITY AND JUSTICE IN CLIMATE PHILANTHROPY
Publisher: CANDID Learning, Ariadne
This guide captures the wisdom of philanthropic leaders, intermediaries, and frontline movement builders with experience advancing climate justice strategies. It synthesizes information to help the reader understand why and how to incorporate climate justice strategies into their work. Each chapter includes helpful examples and tips, and concludes with key takeaways and discussion questions that can be used to facilitate reflective dialogue among foundation staff and donor peers. For ease of use in retreats, staff and board meetings, a handy Facilitator’s Toolkit aggregates all of these takeaways and reflection questions into one document. Each chapter also highlights relevant knowledge and research for further reading, arranged by topic so the reader can easily identify areas of interest for further exploration.
BEYOND 2% FROM CLIMATE PHILANTRHOPY TO CLIMATE JUSTICE PHILANTHROPY
Publisher: EDGE Funders Alliance, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
Philanthropic foundations have long exerted influence in the international climate arena. Over 30 years on from their early forays into climate debates, this report asks how effective they have been. How relevant are their theories of change and worldviews today? And what can philanthropic foundations do to position themselves at the vanguard of meaningful change in the climate arena?
In partnership with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the EDGE Funders Alliance launched this report on climate philanthropy that takes a fresh look at the state of play in the sector, and sets out the case for grounding climate philanthropy in climate justice and just transition principles.
MISMATCHED: PHILANTHROPY'S RESPONSE TO THE CALL FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Publisher: Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Mismatched: Philanthropy’s Response to the Call for Racial Justice is the most comprehensive assessment of racial equity and racial justice funding to date, providing a detailed analysis of funding from 2015–2018 and a preliminary analysis for 2020. Written by Malkia Devich Cyril, Lyle Matthew Kan, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, and Lori Villarosa, the report examines trends, contradictions, and divergences in funding for both racial equity and racial justice work.