Private Philanthropy for Climate, Health, and Equity

A growing array of foundations are investing in work that's addressing health and equity issues related to climate change, and/or the forces driving climate change. 

The extent of philanthropic activity has often been obscured by the various ways in which foundations are framing their work.  Some have an explicit focus on issues like climate and health, climate justice, sustainability, or resilience.  Others are intentionally addressing climate, health, and equity issues through their work on other foundation priorities.

The list below (organized alphabetically) represents a partial snapshot of foundations engaged, including respondents to a Climate, Health, and Equity 2019 Survey.   Visit Why We're Investing:  Funder Perspectives or click on foundation names accompanied by   to read profiles of some foundations.  The 2019 survey, though aimed at philanthropy, also surfaced a number of government funder respondents.  See Government Funders & Collaboration Hubs for more on public funders.  

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Beyond this toolkit's offerings, other resources on climate, health, and equity funders include: Climate Change & Clean Energy Funders, Inside Philanthropy; and Climate Change and Health:  Recently Funded Projects, Health Affairs (2020). 

Foundations Addressing Climate, Health, and Equity


11th Hour Project


American Jewish World Service

American Planning Association Foundation

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Foundation for Women


Barr Foundation  

Bezos Earth Fund

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Broad Reach Fund

Brookline Community Foundation

Bruner Foundation

Builders Initiative

Building Equity and Alignment for Impact Fund (BEAI Fund)

Bullitt Foundation


Central Kansas Community Foundation

Ceres Trust  

Charlotte Martin Foundation

Chicago Frontlines Funding Initiative

Chorus Foundation

Cleveland Foundation  

Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund  

ClimateWorks Foundation

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

The Conservation Fund  


Danville Regional Foundation

David Rockefeller Foundation

Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation


East Texas Communities Foundation

Energy Foundation  

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.


Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Fine Fund

Forbes Funds

Foundation for Louisiana  

Franciscan Sisters of Mary  

Frontline Resource Institute

Fund for New Jersey

Fund to Build Grassroots Power (Windward Fund)

Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico  


Garfield Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

George Gund Foundation

Grove Foundation


HealthSpark Foundation

The Heinz Endowments  

Heising-Simons Foundation

High Meadows Fund

High Tide Foundation

The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice  

Houston Endowment


International Community Foundation


Jesse Parker Williams Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

John Merck Fund

Joyce Foundation


Kataly Foundation

Kendeda Fund

Kinship Foundation

Kresge Foundation  


Laughing Gull Foundation

Libra Foundation

Lincoln Community Foundation

Lumpkin Family Foundation


Maine Community Foundation

McKinney Family Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Meyer Memorial Trust

Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Munson Foundation


Nathan Cummings Foundation

Native American Agriculture Fund

Nell Newman Foundation

New Belgium Family Foundation

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The New York Community Trust  

New York State Health Foundation

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

NorthLight Foundation


Ocean Foundation

Onion Foundation

Open Society Foundations

Ottinger Foundation


Panta Rhea Foundation

Park Foundation

Passport Foundation

Philadelphia Health Partnership

Presbyterian Hunger Program


Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Inc.

RE-AMP Network

Redford Center

Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation


San Diego Foundation

Scherman Foundation

Schmidt Family Foundation

Sears-Swetland Family Foundation

Seattle Foundation

Seventh Generation Foundation

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Sewall Foundation

Sierra Health Foundation

Solidago Foundation

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

St. Croix Foundation for Community Development  

Summit Foundation

Surdna Foundation


Tamalpais Trust

The JPB Foundation

Thornburg Foundation  

Tides Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation

Tucson Foundations


Ulupono Initiative


Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Vitalyst Health Foundation  


Wallace Global Fund

Walter Mander Foundation

Water Foundation

Weeden Foundation

Wege Foundation