The “Go Big” Initiative

Growing philanthropy to rise to the challenge of climate change

powered by
ClimateWorks Foundation

Global climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity. Despite powerful progress in recent years, the world is not yet on track to contain this threat. If we fail, we will do tremendous—perhaps irreparable—damage to ecosystems, economies, and communities around the world. If we succeed, we will not only avoid those damages, but we will also reshape the global economy in ways that will deliver many lasting benefits, including stronger economies, greater food security, less population displacement and migration, and better public health. 

Philanthropic investments in climate mitigation strategies have a strong track record of delivering results. Climate philanthropy is active, global, and collaborative, but it is not yet operating on a scale commensurate with the problem. Experienced philanthropists believe that a dramatic increase in climate mitigation philanthropy is needed (beyond the current levels, which are estimated to be less than 1% of all foundation giving), and see an abundance of high-impact opportunities that could be pursued with new resources. This is the motivation and vision that drives the Go Big initiative—a multibillion dollar, global fundraising campaign focused on solving climate change.

There are three core principles of Go Big: The first, is to inspire a vastly greater philanthropic investment in initiatives and activities that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The campaign will work to identify and create compelling funding opportunities and help donors invest in ways that are of interest to them. The second, is to foster a much broader movement by partnering with NGOs and others to complement fundraising efforts already underway. Lastly, is the commitment to be expansive and inclusive. Go Big seeks to engage philanthropists and partners who are champions for economic development, public health, biodiversity conservation, and other compelling and intersecting issues, and find ways to participate in their goals, recognizing that climate change has touchpoints with numerous other movements towards a healthier, fairer and more sustainable planet.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a minimum of 15 years of development experience, with at least seven years at a leadership level. Experience working with an organization in the environmental or climate change space is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience securing or supporting multimillion dollar funding deals is required.

Management experience supervising, leading, and building high performing teams is necessary. Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as a high attention to detail are required.

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. This position is based in San Francisco, CA and both domestic and international travel will be necessary.