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[Webinar Series] The Underpinning Stories: A Funder’s Dialogue Series about Climate Solutions

Co-sponsored by: Environmental Grantmakers Association, Human Rights Funders Network, Confluence Philanthropy, the Ariadne Network, the Center for Story-Based Strategy, JusticeFunders, and the Whitman Institute.

As is the case with many systemic, pressing challenges, no one has all the answers. The CLIMA Fund will be creating a space for transparent, deeper discussion about the underlying narrative frames and assumptions around who climate protagonists are and what constitutes a ‘climate solution.’ Participants will walk away with new understanding of the hypotheses that fellow funders hold about addressing the climate crisis and new ideas about how we are supporting climate solution practitioners as a community.

[April 24, 2019] Dialogue V: Climate & Geography

How might we approach climate change with funding strategies that reflect the complexity and interdependence of the crisis itself? How might we bridge domestic and international funding initiatives to support linkages within the global climate movement? In this session we will unpack assumptions about geography, how different funders make choices about geographic funding, and what that means for advancing transformative climate action.

Speakers:

  • Heather McGray | Director | Climate Justice Resilience Fund
  • Solomé Lemma | Executive Director | Thousand Currents
  • Dana Bourland | Executive Director | JPB Foundation

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[February 28, 2019] Dialogue IV: Climate & Capacity

What is capacity and why (or why not) is it important to climate action? In this session we will explore how funders assess and understand efficiency in grantmaking and on-the-ground work, and what some of our assumptions are about grantee partner capacity. In the context of climate, what constitutes efficient and resourced work?

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth McKeon | Head of Strategy | IKEA Foundation
  • Regan Pritzer | Board Member | Libra Foundation
  • Kathy Reich | Director of BUILD | Ford Foundation
  • Chung-Wha Hong | Executive Director | Grassroots International

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[February 11, 2019] Dialogue III: Climate & Metrics

How might we bridge the gap and translate, if not reimagine, how we communicate the impact of diverse climate solutions? Whether or not you are tracking greenhouse gas emissions, collecting and assessing metrics is challenging. In this session we will discuss what might be important to evaluate, what’s not, and how we can evolve evaluation practices to support rather than hinder climate solutionaries.

Speakers:

  • Fay Twersky | Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group | Hewlett Foundation
  • PeiYao Chen | VP Impact and Effectiveness | Global Fund for Women
  • Peter Kostishack | Director of Programs | Global Greengrants

Recording here.

[December 13, 2018] Dialogue II: Scale & Climate

Scale – what it looks like, when and how to achieve it and when and how not to, and funders’ role in supporting scale – is tricky. How can we be driven by the urgency of climate change, while slowing down enough to listen and make choices that will effectively reduce emissions and sustain all life? In this online conversation, we will unpack how funders approach scale in their work and how that impacts who and what is funded. The session – the second of five in the series – will include a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants. Please join the CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) for an online dialogue exploring the assumptions and narrative frames funders use to understand innovation in climate action. The CLIMA Fund is a collaboration between Thousand Currents, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Rights, Grassroots International, and Global Greengrants.

Speakers:

  • Ellen Dorsey | Executive Director | Wallace Global Fund
  • Solomé Lemma | Executive Director | Thousand Currents
  • Thea Gelbspan | Membership and Solidarity Director | International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Recording here.

[October 24, 2018] Dialogue I: Climate & Innovation

Novel and creative ideas are needed to tackle the greatest challenge that has faced humanity – climate change. Yet there is significant disagreement about what constitutes innovation, and where that innovation is coming from. In this online conversation, we will unpack how funders understand innovation and what that means for those who receive funding. The session will include a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants. Please join the CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) for an online dialogue exploring the assumptions and narrative frames funders use to understand innovation in climate action. The CLIMA Fund is a collaboration between Thousand Currents, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Rights, Grassroots International, and Global Greengrants.

Recording here.