Learn, explore, act: For nearly two decades, Active Philanthropy has identified powerful climate solutions. We believe strategic climate funding is the missing link for the bold and widespread action we need. With the climate crisis unfolding, there’s no more time to lose.
If you have something to give, we can turn your funding into impact.
We support private funders and foundations to develop strategies for fighting the climate crisis. We’ve set up the Climate Solutions Hub as a fast lane to some of the smartest and most thoroughly vetted projects from across the globe.
With your help, this community of action can achieve fundamental change in due time. To keep our planet cool, but also to protect public health, promote social justice and shape an economy within planetary boundaries.
Active Philanthropy has a deep knowledge of the climate and philanthropy sectors and a unique ability to bring the two together. They were happy to connect us to their extensive network, turned a complex ecosystem of options into a meaningful opportunity. And ultimately helped us find a place from where we can add the most value.
Director Programs, UBS Philanthropy Services
Our Greenland expedition’s facilitation and group dynamic were terrific and incredibly professionally run. Seeing how this experience opened the eyes and inspired the participants to become a part of the solution is a testimony to the powerful concept. The peer-to-peer learning and connections made across generations were equally so.
Founder & Executive Chair, EAT foundation
Nobody is big enough to do it themselves! Active Philanthropy gave me a straightforward access point into philanthropy and the landscape of foundations. When we started, it was helpful to have a source, a connection to the right people – and then one door opened after another.
Founder and Chair of the Executive Board, Schöpflin Stiftung
Founder and Managing Partner
With her vast knowledge and network in philanthropy, Felicitas brought the Climate Solutions Hub to life and acclaimed partners on board.
Hub Lead Manager
Daniel is responsible for the Hub’s redesign, management and marketing. As a social entrepreneur, he has led campaigns for multiple NGOs and facilitated innovation spaces lasting five days to five weeks.
Karolin brings operational experience from various industries, including tech VC, start-ups and corporations. Her (office) dog Pluto brings everyone down to earth.
Senior Climate Advisor
Johannes developed our Climate Mitigation Tool, providing almost 200 solutions for funders and acting as the basis for selecting projects on the Hub.
Chief Operating Officer
Stefanie advises the team on strategy and process design. Prior to Active she worked for BCG, where she specialised in transformation and turnaround. Stefanie holds an MSc in Finance & Investment.
Daniel is in charge of quality control. He spent a decade advising international non-profits in strategy and project planning, ensuring their work generates maximum impact.
Protecting the life-sustaining function of our planet is the critical task of our generation. We believe philanthropy can help effectively and in time. Here is how:
We give you an easier entry point to effective climate funding by taking over the hard part: finding and vetting climate solutions from across the world. Here is our four-step process.
Active Philanthropy taps into the knowledge and experience of some of the world’s most renowned climate funders, a community of friends we’ve established over the past 17 years. For every new cohort of projects, we ask for their recommendations to enter the Climate Solutions Hub.
The “Climate Mitigation Tool” is our framework for selecting projects for the Hub. It connects four dimensions by which we measure projects:
What: Is it a climate topic with high potential, achieving significant emissions reduction, aiming for landslide structural change and addressing co-benefits such as social justice?
How: Is the project using smart and effective strategies for change? Does it have a proven track record of success with these methods?
When: Is momentum building around this issue, giving this project a greater chance for greater impact?
Where: Is there a particular opportunity for climate progress in the selected country, what are the socio-political conditions? Does the project reach the relevant local stakeholders?
Experienced analysts from our team conduct thorough due diligence on the project’s organisation: Their financial and legal status, governance structure, impact strategy, risk assessment, annual reports, qualification of senior staff and more.
Each verification involves at least two personal meetings with the project leads and a total of around 25 work hours.
When the project finally enters the Hub, we start proposing it to potential funders. Our team monitors funding progress and adapts the project´s online presentation as needed. Donors receive bi-annual reports, can meet project teams in person and connect with like-minded funders.
If you find reasons for improvement - we´re always looking forward to your feedback!
Some of the most experienced climate funders in the world share their expertise and recommend new projects for the Hub, often addressing social co-benefits.
If you do not find your question answered here, please use our contact form below.
Once a project is funded, it must provide regular written updates about its development, latest successes, and challenges. These reports will be emailed quarterly to all its donors. Major project donors have enhanced options to engage directly with projects.
We decided to give each project a worthy stage and highlight their individual approaches. Our page architecture is therefore geared towards the presentation of individual projects. If you have donated to one project, you can proceed to donate to another – and to as many as you like. If you want more flexibility in your funding, please don’t hesitate to contact us for your tailored solution without any additional costs.
With the confirmation of your donation, you will also receive your receipt, tax-deductible within Germany. Please consult your tax advisor to determine whether the document is also accepted in your country. Get in touch with us at any time so that we can find the most sensible solution together.
We have been generously supported with grants from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Laudes Foundation, and the Stiftung Mercator, as well as by individual funders for the initial design and development of the platform.
We rely on recurring donations from platform users to keep the Climate Solutions Hub up and running. Please check out the donation options at the bottom of each project page.
Active Philanthropy is a Berlin-based charitable organisation with 17 years of experience supporting individuals, foundations, corporate families, and philanthropic organisations who wish to engage in climate action.
By German law, we are a gGmbH, a non-profit limited liability company. We are funded by donations and grants from individuals and non-governmental organisations, and through service fees. For more information about Active Philanthropy, please visit www.activephilanthropy.org.
Active Philanthropy owns and manages the Climate Solutions Hub. We aim to diversify and strengthen philanthropic involvement in climate action throughout Europe. Our highest priority is for the Climate Solutions Hub to represent a safe and trusted space for funders, to make climate action more accessible, and ultimately to bring us closer to a climate-safe future.
With every donation you make to a project, we ask for a mandatory share to co-fund Active Philanthropy’s work - all made transparent during the online donation process. We´ve won several grants to finance the development of this platform, but our social business model to run it sustainably depends on regular revenues from your donations.
As soon as your money reaches us, we deduct your designated donations to Active and forward the remaining amount directly to the project. The organisation provides regular updates to donors on their activities and how donations have led to impact.
We will respond as soon as possible.