A Strategic Approach to Climate Philanthropy

  • Edouard Morena


The chapter looks at how, over the course of the 1990s and in response to a shifting political context, a group of prominent climate funders adopted a more focused and strategic approach to grantmaking. While staying true to the core principles of liberal philanthropy, this new approach combined collaborative, proactive, outcome-oriented and evaluation-driven grantmaking methods with a pro-business, market-centred and bottom-up understanding of social change. By the mid-2000s, its core elements came to form the basis of a new approach to international climate philanthropy, bolstering foundation involvement in the international climate arena in the process. On the back of the Design to Win report (2007), a group of large liberal foundations proceeded to align their strategies and pool resources through common initiatives and projects, and most notable the creation of the ClimateWorks Foundation.


Energy Foundation Strategic philanthropy Philanthrocapitalism Climate philanthropy 


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  • Edouard Morena
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  1. 1.ULIP and CNRS-LADYSSParisFrance

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