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What is Donors For Climate?

Recognising that the 2030 deadline to halve global emissions is fast approaching, Donors For Climate is a campaign driving for greater investment in the climate crisis from individual philanthropists.

The Donors For Climate campaign is centred around a seven-point pledge now collecting signatories. The pledge – The Individual Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change – is a world-first in this area.

The aim is to attract those with resources to climate funding, encouraging them to use their assets and network to tackling the climate emergency.

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Why philanthropists?

Climate change is a health issue, an equality issue, an educational issue, an economic issue, a cultural issue, a scientific issue, a security issue and a local community issue, as well as an environmental issue.

The necessary changes to sharply reduce emissions and to adapt to climate change bring opportunities for new industries, good jobs, a cleaner environment, and improved wellbeing, but also involve significant costs.

The scale of the climate threat, and the scale of the solutions needed, means that this is an issue for all parts of civil society, and for all donors.

As individual donors and philanthropists, we can play a part in addressing the causes of climate change and supporting the adaptation to its effects, to ensure that everyone has 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.

View the and sign the full Commitment here


Who is behind the initiative?

Donors For Climate and the Individual Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change have been created by Beacon Collaborative and the Environmental Funders Network. The movement is also being supported by the Association of Charitable Foundations, which also has its own Funder Commitment on Climate Change, which is similar in its aims but is directed at trusts and foundations.

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