In multiple polls, most Americans say they believe in the risks of climate change and think our society needs to do more to reduce those risks. However, they continue to differ in strategies and how quickly to pursue them. Those differences carry over to family conversations about the role of their philanthropy in supporting climate change solutions. 

I’ve personally struggled with how donors and philanthropic families can make a difference in something as big and long-term as climate change. The Climate and Family Philanthropy session at the 2022 National Forum of Family Philanthropy provided clues and resources—many of which I have already shared with donors. It featured speakers from three families’ philanthropic vehicles—Castellano Family FoundationThe David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and Sobrato Philanthropies—and a philanthropic advisory nonprofit, the Climate Leadership Initiative.   

  1. Set a North Star
  2. Pick a Path for Solutions
  3. Connect with Current Priorities and Experiences
  4. Get Collaborative
  5. Seek Equity and Justice
  6. Don’t Wait

Read the full article about climate change philanthropy by Tony Macklin at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.