Environmental Philanthropy Lab

Emerging opportunity

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

To rise to the challenges posed by the climate and nature crises, we think that we might need to experiment with different ways of working as funders: more collaborative, systemic and long-term. But it can be hard to align with other funders when everyone is pointing towards slightly different goals. With funder input, we are designing an Environmental Philanthropy Lab to help funders collaborate towards a single, high-level goal. Based on suggestions and then votes from funders, we have chosen 'creating an economy in service to life' as the first goal for the Lab to focus on.

The intention is to provide a space for funders to work together, across silos and boundaries, to support more impactful actions and experiments in service of that goal. In particular, the Lab is about cultivating a new way of working: helping address patterns and structures that prevent more collaborative and systemic work in environmental philanthropy. A key part of that will be a learning programme to help participating funders develop new ways of thinking, new practices, and new connections and relationships. The Environmental Funders Network is partnering with the Bio-leadership Project to host the Lab.

There is a strong chance the Lab will focus on a particular geography for its experiments, to provide a focus and test-bed for funder experimentation. This has yet to be confirmed, but we are in discussions around an initiative in Wales and are seeking funder feedback and suggestions on this in our expression of interest form.

How to get involved

Please contact emma@greenfunders.org if you'd like to watch a recording of an intro session and complete an expression of interest form. There will be a cost associated with participating to cover the costs of the hosting team, but the total cost per funder will depend on the total number taking part.

Who's involved

So far ten funders have expressed an interest in participating; we think the ideal size would be around 15-20.

Learning and Resources

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