1 July 2021

#PhilanthropyForClimate: Commit to meaningful climate action today

We only have 10 years left to act – there is no time to lose.

The Philanthropy Coalition for Climate is a regional champion of the International Commitment and supports its implementation across Europe.

Philanthropy needs to act… now!

The growing climate emergency presents a serious risk to the pursuit of philanthropic aims everywhere and in every field. Moreover, there is a special responsibility on philanthropic organisations, which hold assets for the common good, to use their resources, independence and influence to rise to the challenge now. If we don’t act now, how can we be sure that we can act tomorrow?

The philanthropy sector has a unique, catalytic role and can help to bring about the necessary changes to ensure that everyone has equitable access to opportunities arising from the transition to a low carbon economy, and to ensure that the costs are not disproportionately borne by those who are least able to pay.

Where to start? The International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change

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. We believe that all foundations and philanthropic organisations can, and should, play a role in addressing the climate emergency and have an immense potential for positive climate impact when integrating climate consideration into their own operations and programmes, in the investment of their endowment, and speaking out on the climate emergency publicly. This Commitment is an ambitious and inclusive way of making this a reality. 

WINGS, working closely with many other philanthropy support organisations and networks from around the world, will support and encourage foundations on this journey. By signing the International Commitment, you are joining a movement of almost 250 foundations in France, Spain and the UK who have signed national philanthropy commitments which run in parallel. National Commitments are currently still being set up in different countries across the world.

How to sign? 

Signing the International Commitment is a simple four-step process:

Step 1: Register Your Interest

Share your contact details through the International Commitment website and WINGS will send you a link to the application form.

Step 2: Fill In The Application Form

You will be asked for additional information about your organisation and your motivation for signing the Commitment.

Step 3: Let Us Review Your Application

WINGS will get back to you within 4-6 weeks.

Step 4: Receive Approval

Once approved, your organisation will be listed as a signatory on the website of the International Commitment.

Signing the International Commitment is a first bold step towards meaningful climate action. We encourage you to sign the Commitment today and become part of a global movement of foundations taking action on climate.