Canada’s largest funder networks launch climate action pledge for grantmakers ahead of COP26

The Circle, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), Environment Funders Canada (EFC) and Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) announced the initiative on Oct. 7.

Why It Matters

Climate change is the largest existential threat to Canada (and the world), yet Canadian philanthropic contributions to fight climate change are miniscule. The climate threat will also affect the rest of the social impact sector’s goals, from fighting food insecurity to bridging digital divides.

Four of Canada’s largest funder networks have launched a pledge calling for foundations and grantmakers to learn more about the climate crisis, consult with Indigenous leaders on climate action, and set carbon reduction targets for financial portfolios.

The Canadian Philanthropic Commitment on Climate Change launched its website on Oct. 7. It contains seven ‘pillars’ or types of actions, including education, committing resources to fight climate change, integrating climate change considerations into philanthropic work, and transparency. The Commitment was announced just a month before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland – a way of urging Canadian grantmakers to step up.

“Canadian funders, to their credit, aren’t hesitant about climate change,” said Marie-Marguerite Sabongui, the Commitments national coordinator, in an interview wi

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