OVERVIEW: The Caldera Foundation invests in organizations combating climate disruption and advocating for the sustainable use of the planet’s natural resources.
IP TAKE: This foundation provides seed money and early funding to help organizations attract capital from other like-minded organizations.
PROFILE: The San Francisco, California-based Caldera Foundation describes itself as a “[s]mall family foundation that advances solutions to big global challenges.” The foundation’s main objective is to contribute to strategies that “[m]ight lift the world into a new era—one in which it’s understood that green is good economics and being resource smart enhances or way of life.” Areas of grantmaking focus include environmental conservation, climate change, marine conservation and clean and sustainable energy solutions.
In the climate change space, Caldera supports organizations working within a number of relevant issues such as improving communication regarding climate change, policymaking, promoting clean energy, reversing global warming, knowledge building and climate change activism.
Although the foundation awards the occasional grant of over $200,000, grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $150,000. Past climate change grantees include the Environmental Defense Fund, which received support for its Climate Corps Network; and the Union of Concerned Scientists, which received funding for its work advancing solutions to combat climate change and promote clean energy. To learn more about the types of organizations Calder supports, explore its grants database.
The Caldera Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding; however, it “[w]elcomes[s] the chance to learn about relevant initiatives around the globe.”
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