About the Organization

The Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI or the Initiative) is a new organization funded and launched by some of the largest donors to climate-focused philanthropy. Its mission is to increase the philanthropic resources dedicated to solving climate change. The Initiative does this by connecting potential donors—whether individuals, families, or established foundations—to peer climate donors, climate experts, and solutions in need of support. We also work with existing climate donors to reach out to their networks and make it simple to learn more about climate solutions and philanthropy. The founding CLI funders include Oak Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, SeaChange Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). We work closely with Chris Hohn, Nat Simons, Kristian Parker and others to engage new philanthropists, including those with primary philanthropic goals outside of climate but who wish to learn more about this area.

Since CLI does not raise money for itself, the Initiative will work with and across organizational lines in a manner that is focused on impact, but not tied to one way or organization achieving it. This model frees CLI to provide trusted and objective advice for philanthropists. CLI has knowledge of and access to the full suite of existing, cutting-edge work, making it capable of working with donors in ways tailored to their specific interests. CLI will foster new forms of partnership with an array of organizations, including environmental, health, and regional NGOs and other entities capable of executing global climate solutions; facilitate entry for donors who are new to climate-focused philanthropy; and promote learning and sharing among donors.