For a Climate of Change

In the face of the climate crisis, foundations can increase their impact by integrating the risks of climate change as well as the benefits of addressing climate change into their work, regardless of their mission. Together, we can create a Climate of Change.

“Every foundation should be a climate foundation”

André Wilkens, Director, European Cultural Foundation, on why he feels a responsibility to act on climate change, and what culture and arts can do to address the issue.

“Together, we can find solutions without leaving anyone aside”

Axelle Davezac, CEO, Fondation de France, explains how she feels about the climate crisis, what gives her hope and what foundations, including Fondation de France, can do, to tackle the issue.

“Collectively we will make the difference that’s needed”

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive, Foundation Scotland, explains how he feels about the climate crisis, what gives him hope and why a collective approach, centred around community, is more important than ever.

A growing number of foundations are committed to climate action, irrespective of their mission.

The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our times.

Its effects are felt by people in every part of the world. It impacts our health, our jobs, our education, the food we eat, the places we live. The climate crisis cuts across every aspect of human life and, by extension, across all philanthropic activity.

In the face of an emergency of such scale and urgency, philanthropy is not powerless. In fact, it is uniquely placed to catalyse the much-needed transformations we must see across society. Any foundation, regardless of its scope, size, or mission, can apply the climate lens to its operations, programmes and investments.

By integrating the risks of climate change as well as the benefits of addressing climate change into your work, you can greatly increase your impact, whether you work in health, education, the arts, social inclusion or any other field. Together, we can each play our part in ensuring a liveable future for all.

Inspired to take action? We have shared some easy ways to get started on your climate journey below:

Philanthropy Commitments on Climate

The #PhilanthropyForClimate commitments provide a framework for foundations to apply a climate lens across all aspects of their work, regardless of their mission. Depending on where they operate, foundations are invited to join a national commitment or the International Commitment.

Join the growing global movement.

Climate + Philanthropy Learning Journey

In partnership with Active Philanthropy, we have launched an online interactive course to support philanthropy professionals to take an active role in integrating climate change into their foundation’s work.

Sign up now.

The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our times.

We have asked experts from the European philanthropy sector and beyond to share their insights on what we need to create a Climate of Change.

The stark reality: Every foundation is now a climate foundation – Tom Brookes, Global Strategic Communications Council

It’s COP o’clock – Mshai Mkoji, African Climate Foundation

Together For a Climate of Change – Angel Font, “la Caixa” Foundation; and Carola Carazzone, Assifero

Arts and Culture for a Climate of Change – Dea Vidović, Kultura Nova Foundation

Together, for a desirable future – Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso

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Contact

Karalyn Gardner
Programme Officer – Climate Coalition
karalyn.gardner@philea.eu