Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Moore Foundation's largest environmental interest concentrates on conservation. However, Moore supports various organizations that tackle environmental and energy issues from different angles, specifically through scientific research.

IP TAKE: The foundation supports wildlife conservation programs and humane societies, but does not accept unsolicited proposals; however, it allows individuals to submit 100 word (or less) inquiries by email. Moore does not have a specific climate change grantmaking program. 

PROFILE: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is only as old as the millennium itself—Intel co-founder and “Moore’s Law” originator Gordon Moore and his wife, Betty Moore, launched the foundation in 2000. This San Francisco-based institution has amassed a multi-billion personal fortune and a charitable-giving track record of hundreds of millions of dollars a year, more than half of which goes to environmental causes. It says that everything it does is guided by "impact, integrity, disciplined approach and collaboration." It invests in patient care, the San Francisco Bay area, science, and environmental conservation

The Moore Foundation conducts its climate change grantmaking through its environmental conservation program. Offering seven separate initiatives, the program largely prioritizes work related to climate change through animal and wildlife conservation both in the United States and abroad. Its initiatives change often and are ever expanding. As such, grantseekers are advised to check back often.

Grants range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions of dollars. Past climate change grantees include the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, Moore's almamater. In general, climate change efforts tend to support science research and protecting large forested areas.

Unfortunately for grassroots organizations, the foundation prioritizes large, established organizations. The foundation specifically seeks investments that will generate a “return,” ecologically speaking, for many years to come. 

Furthermore, the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Grantseekers are advised to cultivate the relationships that could lead to a grant invitation. 


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