Donate to Climate Charities
Money you donate today will have more impact than money you donate tomorrow
Fastest way to have the greatest impact
Making ethical consumer choices is important, but giving to a climate charity dwarfs the impact of buying ethically. For the price of a reusable coffee mug, you can prevent more CO2 entering the atmosphere than you produce in several years by donating to a non-profit.
Climate breakdown affects our ability to address every challenge we face: social justice, protecting the environment, caring for the elderly, treating diseases and eliminating poverty around the world. Giving to charities fighting climate change also helps tackle these issues.
Types of climate charities
The two main types of climate charity that have the biggest impact are:
Project-based charities running highly effective projects providing technological and nature-based solutions.
Policy-based charities that influence climate policy. They seek to ensure Government policy directs funds to industries and research needed to address climate problems. This funding then attracts private investment.
Charities you can give to
Founders Pledge Climate Change Fund
Founders Pledge does extensive research to select charities that have the greatest climate impact in the most cost-effective way. This means you don’t need to choose a charity as they’ve done the research for you.
By donating to their Climate Change Fund, you can be confident your money is doing the greatest good. Previous grant recipients include the Clean Air Task Force, UN High Level Climate Champions, and the Coalition of Rainforest Nations.
Clean Air Task Force
The Clean Air Task Force is one of the most effective climate charities in the world. They catalyse rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.
Donating $0.1 to $1 to them is estimated to prevent 1 tonne of CO2 entering the atmosphere.
Cool Earth: Protect the Rainforest
Cool Earth funds indigenous rainforest communities to tackle the causes of deforestation. They help local people from the Amazon to the Congo Basin invest in projects that protect carbon sinks.
Cool Earth has prevented around 105 million trees from being felled, equating to about 48 million tonnes of carbon storage. GuideStar gave them the Platinum Seal of Transparency.
Carbon 180: Carbon Removal
Carbon 180 is a climate-policy non-profit dedicated to carbon removal. They work with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and other charities to create policies to massively scale up carbon removal solutions. They’re based in the US but their work has global implications. GuideStar gave them the Silver Seal of Transparency.
Giving Multiplier: Donations Matched
Through Giving Multiplier, you donate to a charity of your choice and Giving Multiplier adds extra funds to your donation as long as you split it with a ‘super-effective’ charity.
Super-effective charities do about 100 times more good than typical charities. The Clean Air Task Force is the only climate charity on Giving Multiplier’s super-effective list.
Choose this option if you want to support the climate, get your money matched by other donors and give to the most consistently high-impact charity in the world.
Other climate charities
Several other charities do impactful work to protect the climate and environment.
Founders Pledge is a straight-forward way to ensure your money has the greatest impact, but if you want to find a specific charity to donate to, Impactful Ninja covers nine of them and has a guide to choosing a charity.
Make your money go further
You can make your money have an even bigger impact by choosing a green pension and bank.