ClimateWorks Foundation

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About the Organization

Philanthropy has a critical role to play in solving the climate challenge. A non-governmental organization that works globally, ClimateWorks helps leading funders come together to be more strategic, efficient, and effective in their response to global climate change. We offer a suite of services:

  • Provide Research & Insights: We aggregate, synthesize, and present emissions data and political, social, technical, and economic analyses in a way that offers insights for climate philanthropy. These insights help funders prioritize opportunities to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, develop strategies that are robust under different future scenarios, adapt strategies to changing conditions, and track progress towards climate goals.

  • Develop Strategies & Portfolios of Philanthropic Investments: We collaborate with partners globally to develop portfolios of philanthropic investments designed to achieve large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions. With our partners, we evaluate insights from a wide range of sources, develop informed strategies, and cluster strategies into diversified, high-impact portfolios for philanthropic investment. We then monitor progress and apply candid assessments to drive learning and improvement.
  • Facilitate Funder Collaboration & Coordination: We facilitate collaboration among influential philanthropic funders — creating opportunities for them to interact with their peers, compare strategies, generate ideas, and coordinate investments that target the biggest drivers of global climate change.
  • Fund Climate Change Initiatives: We make strategic grants that support select transnational initiatives and organizations addressing climate change in critical parts of the world. 
  • Marshal Philanthropic Resources: We help increase the number of foundations working to address climate change and grow the overall size of philanthropic investment directed towards climate action. Central to this effort is our work with funders to help them evaluate investment opportunities that are aligned with their interests and priorities, and to connect them to like-minded peers.

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, our staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grant-makers who care passionately about our mission. For more information, please visit


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