Survey: climate change set to dominate philanthropy


Alliance magazine


Four out of five people think climate change will be the dominant issue in philanthropy in the next 25 years, a survey by Alliance has found.

The survey asked respondents to choose which three issues would rise in prominence in the philanthropy sector between now and 2046, with 78 per cent selecting climate change, 54 per cent selecting inequality, and 48 per cent selecting diversity and equity.

78 percent of respondants think climate change will become the dominanting issue in philanthropy finds an Alliance survey

Currently, climate funding only makes up two per cent of total giving. According to a report last year from the US based ClimateWorks Foundation, funding for climate has doubled since 2015; however, as a total percentage it hasn’t budged from two per cent – where it has been for years.

However, as the immediacy of the climate crisis sinks in, funding infrastructure bodies are gearing up their efforts to support funders. Some are reframing their existing commitments with a climate lens and others are signing climate commitments.

‘Dafne is hosting a movement that allows Europe’s foundation sector to significantly accelerate collective learning, thinking and acting on climate by proactively introducing a climate lens to everything a foundation is doing: from its own operations, to grantmaking and investing,’ said Dafne’s Max von Abendroth, writing in Alliance magazine’s upcoming issue on climate philanthropy before the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

Alliance’s survey included responses from almost 300 individuals across 57 countries. The survey was conducted as part of a series of events to mark  Alliance’s 25th anniversary.The full results, which asked respondents to reflect on the last 25 years of philanthropy as well as predictions for the next 25, will be published in Alliance’s special 100th issue in September.

Upcoming issue: Climate philanthropy before Glasgow

A follow up to our June 2016 issue ‘Climate philanthropy after Paris’, this issue looks at philanthropy’s role in addressing climate change as we approach the world’s pivotal climate summit five years on: COP26 in Glasgow. Guest edited by Global Greengrants Fund’s Winnie Asiti and Active Philanthropy founder, Felicitas von Peter.

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Comments (4)

Sean T.

I'd love to learn more about the indivudals surveyed. Are the participants monstly within philanthropy or without?

Alexander Bozeman

The magnitude of our current crisis will not be adequately addressed by philanthropy alone. We need to not only convince the nay sayers but move from advocacy to activism. Sure, continue to give what you deem appropriate, but we need to act like our very exisitence depends upon it. Need I gone on.....

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