Where the Green Grants Went 5

A major new report into environmental philanthropy analyses the grantmaking of 147 UK foundations over three years, with new data on the scale of environmental philanthropy, amounts devoted to different environmental issues, which UK regions receive the most funding, and trends. In his foreword to the report, Chris Cooper-Hohn, co-founder and trustee of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, urges the importance of environmental funding and comments: “Yes, we should all be taking bigger risks in the face of the environmental crisis, but we should also be spending smarter”. This report offers a real contribution to smarter funding. 

The report shows that the level of UK environmental philanthropy has reached a plateau at around £75 million per year, following previous strong growth. New funders have entered the field, but giving by existing environmental funders has declined slightly. Environmental philanthropy still represents less than 3% of total UK philanthropy. Funding for work to tackle climate change has increased as a proportion of environmental philanthropy, whilst biodiversity and species preservation continues to be the best-supported thematic area. Issues such as consumption, toxics and transport remain very poorly resourced. The report analyses the value of environmental philanthropy going to sub-national work in each region of the UK. London finds itself in the middle of the table, receiving 36 pence per capita per annum for local environmental initiatives, more than a number of regions, but well behind the South West (56 pence) or Scotland (58 pence).

Find the report on the Environmental Funders Network homepage.