As well as connecting more funders with these emerging opportunities, one of the event's main aims was to encourage and enable funders to develop and share their own ideas for potential collaboration.
Common themes emerged from the group around organisational learning and connecting climate to a foundation’s charitable mission. Participants discussed integrating a climate lens into their existing areas of work. One participant specifically talked about supporting artistic projects that increase awareness and engagement with the climate crisis. There were also several questions with a specific climate justice and equity focus.
Other funders are thinking through how best to support grantees to consider sustainability and build their capacity in this area, particularly with the cost of living crisis and other competing pressures. One funder talked about a shortage of skilled eco-auditors and suggested that funders might support more training in this field. There was some collective thinking through how to ask grant applicants about their environmental sustainability and what makes a good environmental policy. One idea suggested was adding extra funds to a grant to take away barriers to costly sustainability work identified by grantees in the application. There was a focus on capacity building, including carbon literacy and eco-audits, and an emphasis on understanding what each grantee's starting point is in relation to environmental impact.
A group Jamboard activity revealed some of the aims, questions and challenges that those in attendance wanted to explore collaboratively.
How can you make progress in your own climate work?
We would encourage all funders to think about the relevance of the climate crisis to your mission and activities. Whether you are already making progress on this, or just thinking about starting to explore it, here are three things you can do:
- Explore the environmental collaboration opportunities already shared on the Funders Collaborative Hub. Connect with any that are particularly relevant to your own work or simply access the learning and resources that others have shared.
- Develop your own funder collaboration idea. If you are starting to consider any aspect of climate work that you'd like to explore collaboratively with other funders, use this form to tell us about it - or email us to arrange an initial chat about how we can help you get started.
- If your organisation hasn't already done so, consider signing the Funder Commitment on Climate Change. Not only can this help you to think through the climate implications of your own work, it will connect you to a growing peer group of other signatories who are able to share their experiences, challenges and learning.
Inspired to collaborate?
Explore all collaboration opportunities on the Funders Collaborative Hub