We seek to mitigate climate change by accelerating technological innovation, promoting bold government policies, and prioritizing equity across the board.

We provide risk capital, focusing our philanthropic and investment resources on early-stage and neglected opportunities that are less able to access traditional funding channels. We believe a little sweat equity can go a long way to catalyze new fields, organizations, and projects. Across these efforts, we strive to be a good partner and build solutions together with other funders, practitioners, and communities.

Program Spotlight

Ocean CDR

To meet our climate goals, we must remove billions of tons of carbon from our atmosphere this century. The ocean has the potential to play a huge role in this effort, but the field of ocean carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is still very nascent. Our goal is to identify, elevate, and promote solutions that promise cost-effective, environmentally-friendly, long-term carbon storage at scale, equitably and justly.

Organizations We Have Supported

Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is critical to mitigating impacts of climate change. And a new method of sustainably and affordably doing so is now possible. Rain falls on volcanic rocks and washes them into the ocean, causing a reaction that removes CO2 from the atmosphere and locks it in limestone at the bottom of the sea. Project Vesta is seeking to demonstrate and scale an approach to accelerate this natural process. Our work supported the launch of two exploratory pilots testing the effects of coastal enhanced weathering using olivine rock.

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The world needs scientists, now more than ever. Activate empowers scientists to reinvent our world and address climate change by bringing their research to market. We partner with leading funders and research institutions to offer the Activate Fellowship, providing the funding, technical support, networking, community, and time that scientists need at the outset of their entrepreneurial journeys. Our work supports innovation-focused scientists creating groundbreaking technologies to combat climate change.

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Annual grain crops make up nearly 70 percent of the global diet — and require a great deal of land, chemical inputs, and extractive farming practices. The Land Institute’s long-term initiative to develop perennial crops is designed to create a paradigm shift in modern agriculture. The end goal: To sustainably feed humanity while reducing impacts on climate. Research shows that the promise perennial grain crops bring to carbon sequestration is a scalable, global solution for climate change mitigation. A new initiative of The Land Institute, New Roots International, will leverage expertise and global partnerships to catalyze perennial crop research on six continents. Our work supports the addition of Kernza® to the USDA Cometfarm soil carbon calculator. We’re also funding germplasm research and expanded genomic crop selection.

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Rural America—its farms, ranches, and forests—is vital to addressing climate change. Forests sequester the equivalent of 11-15 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, while agriculture accounts for nine percent of emissions. BPC’s Farm and Forests Carbon Solutions Initiative is seeking new ways to incentivize farming, ranching, and forestry practices that deliver both climate and economic benefits—and that position farmers, ranchers, and forest managers as valued contributors to climate solutions. Our work supports the operation of the Farm and Forests Carbon Solutions Initiative, and prioritizes including voices from persons of colors, women, and Indigenous land-owners.

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Tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15 percent of net global carbon emissions each year, and strengthening the capacity of local communities to defend against illegal deforestation is potentially one of the most cost-effective and sustainable ways to combat the practice. Projects from SPDA (Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental) have the potential to develop and sustain effective, community-driven solutions that could be a model for efforts in other regions. Our work supports programs aimed at preventing deforestation in the Madre De Dios region in Peru, including improved efforts to monitor land and respond to drivers of deforestation (including illegal mining).

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The CLIMA (Climate Leaders in Movement Action) is a collaboration of four foundations to raise and re-grant funds for grassroots climate action across the globe. CLIMA coordinates grants to organizations that address the root causes of climate change. These groups are led by members of local communities, developing resilience and advancing human rights priorities.

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While climate change affects everyone, it does not affect everyone equally. Communities of color in the U.S. are more likely to breathe polluted air and live near coal plants and other toxic sites. The Greenlining Institute focuses on a range of issue areas that reflect community priorities, including environmental equity and energy equity, primarily in California. Our work supports the Oakland Climate Action Network (OCAN), a formal structure for equitable, inclusive community engagement and grassroots capacity building around climate change — and resilience action in Oakland.

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