Founders Pledge: Climate Change Fund

Supporting highly-impactful, evidence-based solutions to the triple challenge of climate change, air pollution and energy poverty.

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Climate change is an incredibly complex problem borne out of how we produce and consume energy; it's intertwined with challenges of economic development, energy poverty, and emissions-fueled air pollution. It is an environmental and humanitarian crisis we must urgently address.

Climate change is not neglected. Every year, over $1 trillion of social spending and $10 billion in philanthropic donations is spent on it. But the biases and blindspots of traditional, mainstream solutions mean much of that money isn’t doing as much good as it could.
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Was Deine Finanzierung bewirken kann
Founders Pledge: Climate Change Fund is a pooled philanthropic Fund, which exists to leverage each dollar and fund the most effective, neglected climate solutions. We aim to:

  • Accelerate innovation in neglected technologies
  • Catalytically grow the most effective climate organizations
  • Promote policy leadership and paradigm shaping

We take a holistic approach that recognizes the global nature of this challenge and the fact that, despite its urgency, we are still in the early days of climate action. We address the worst-case scenarios of climate damage, and look for solutions that can reduce current carbon emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy to meet global demand, especially in developing countries. 
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Über uns
Founders Pledge is a global non-profit with offices in Berlin, London, San Francisco and New York. We equip members with everything needed to maximise their impact, from evidence-led research and advice on the world’s most pressing problems, to comprehensive infrastructure for global grant-making, alongside opportunities to learn and connect. 

Our Funds are philanthropic co-funding vehicles, which pool charitable donations from individuals around the world and grants them to the most effective and impactful projects.

As of mid-2024, the Climate Change Fund has donated almost USD 15 million to charity. 

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Das Team
  • Johannes Ackva

    Climate Lead & Fund Manager

We focus on counterfactual impact and pursue a portfolio approach in our grant-making that recognises the global, complex nature of the problem.

We fund audacious advocacy, focusing our grantmaking on effective organizations leveraging large amounts of money through policy advocacy and thought leadership aimed at influencing the wider conversation and disseminating ideas. This includes advocacy to avoid carbon lock-in in emerging economies.

We focus on neglected solutions under-served by other stakeholders, like carbon removal, carbon capture and storage, and tools for industrial decarbonization, to ensure we’re making the most of every tool available to us.

We work to accelerate low-carbon innovation by finding and funding advocacy opportunities that strengthen the energy innovation ecosystem or promote innovation of certain technologies. Efficient, low-cost technology can spread around the world without intergovernmental cooperation or expensive policies, making it a more robust strategy at a time when climate action is often not the first priority for policymakers and the public.

When evaluating potential grants, we consider several factors, including evaluating organizational strength, timing and certainty, and filling funding gaps. Learn more about the rationale behind our grants in our analysis of climate action and philanthropy.
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  • CCF 2023 Impact Report