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CLIMATEWORKS FOUNDATION

The foundation for a thriving planet

San Francisco, CA   |  www.climateworks.org

Mission

ClimateWorks is on a mission to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy.

Ruling year info

2009

President & CEO

Helen Mountford

Main address

235 Montgomery St Ste 1300

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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EIN

26-2303250

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Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Carbon Dioxide Removal

CDR is a must-have to solve the climate crisis. In addition to slashing greenhouse gas emissions, carbon dioxide (CO2) needs to be removed from the atmosphere in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. By 2050, the world must remove ten gigatonnes of CO2—more than the current annual emissions of the US—to keep global temperature rise to well below 2° Celsius (C). The ClimateWorks CDR program supports the effective advocacy and scaling up of the natural removal opportunities that are shovel ready and cost-effective now; funds communications and policy advocacy to support the demonstration and scaling of technological removal opportunities and further drive down costs; and supports the development of ocean CDR opportunities by supporting the research and community-building needed to bring to light the ocean’s potential role in CO2 removal.

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ClimateWorks serves as the secretariat for the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), a philanthropic collaboration that supports the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol by helping developing countries transition to efficient, climate-friendly, and affordable cooling solutions. Under the Kigali Amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by the end of the century. K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling and other climate-friendly solutions in order to double the climate benefits and significantly increase the development benefits of the Kigali Amendment’s aim to phase down HFCs.

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The ClimateWorks Finance program aims to catalyze financial and market changes that accelerate climate action. It works in partnership with the philanthropic community to pursue multi-grant transnational strategies that target specific outcomes in the capital markets and for public finance. The Finance program pursues these strategies through its own grantmaking and by convening and advising funders to foster collaboration and alignment. The program also incubates and supports nascent opportunities where finance is the lever of change.

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The ClimateWorks Food and Agriculture program advances opportunities to promote inclusive economic growth as we work to avoid these risks. From farm to fork, we are investing in a food system that aligns health, biodiversity, and economic and environmental benefits with international climate targets.

The program encompasses three initiatives: Inclusive Food Transitions; Healthy Diets, Healthy Planet; and Regenerative Agriculture. Food and agriculture are at the heart of the bioeconomy which is elemental to nearly every program at ClimateWorks. Activities include curbing air pollution from agricultural burning; combatting food loss and waste with cold chains; advancing land rights for smallholder farmers and forest-dependent people; disclosure of financial risks facing agribusinesses that fail to remove deforestation from their supply chains; making healthy food choices easier for consumers; charting a responsible course for bioenergy and biomaterials; and advancing nature-based strategies to create jobs, cool cities, and remove carbon from the atmosphere.

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The ClimateWorks Forests and Land Use program is led by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), which supports policies, practices, and partnerships that halt and reverse forest loss, advance sustainable land use and development, and secure the rights and livelihoods of indigenous and forest communities.

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The ClimateWorks Governance & Diplomacy program supports efforts to strengthen global climate governance at all levels, while ensuring an equitable zero-carbon transition. In collaboration with other partners, the Governance & Diplomacy program helped create the Independent Global Stocktake (iGST): a data and advocacy initiative that brings together climate researchers, modelers, and advocates to support the Paris Agreement. Reporting on climate progress is required under Article 14 of the agreement; iGST’s objective is to support this analysis, known as the Global Stocktake, and to increase its accuracy, transparency, and accountability.

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The ClimateWorks Industry program focuses on demand-side strategies, such as the application of circular economy principles and using public procurement to create demand for clean materials, as well as supply-side approaches to advance innovative industrial technologies and processes. Beyond climate impacts, many industrial processes rely heavily on burning fossil fuels, which releases harmful gases that are extremely detrimental to human health. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.6 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution. If we move industry on a path to cleaner, more efficient production and processes, we can breathe cleaner air, keep our water supply free of harmful chemicals, reduce hazardous waste, and protect our planet.

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Clean power can catalyze dramatic reductions in global carbon dioxide emissions and yield significant additional benefits, such as healthier living conditions, increased energy security, and greater economic competitiveness. The ClimateWorks Power program targets key areas that, together, can accelerate the transformation of the global power sector.

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The ClimateWorks Super Pollutant program seeks rapid and steep reductions of black carbon, F-gases, and methane emissions in China, India, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

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The ClimateWorks Transportation Program advances a sustainable, affordable, and low-carbon mobility system for people and goods movement. We broaden support for the transition to cleaner and more efficient vehicle and fuel technologies, and for increasing efficient transportation choices, including transit, walking, biking, and shared mobility. We work with NGOs, academia, business, policymakers, consumers, and other stakeholders to advance sound policy, innovation, and investment.

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CLIMATEWORKS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Podesta

Center for American Progress


Board co-chair

Nancy Lindborg

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Term: 2022 -

Jamshyd Godrej

Godrej & Boyce Mtg. Co. Ltd.

Larry Kramer

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Arunabha Ghosh

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Naoko Ishii

University of Tokyo

Caio Koch-Weser

European Climate Foundation

Helen Mountford

ClimateWorks Foundation

Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr.

Stanford University

Kyung-Ah Park

Temasek

Kristian Parker

Oak Foundation

Antha Williams

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/24/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.