Webinar – Channeling Philanthropic Capital to Climate Investments

Channeling Philanthropic Capital to Climate Investments from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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Aired on October 31, 2018

While the IPCC has made clear that “it’s 2030 or bust” if we are to avert the worst impacts of climate change, less than 2% of philanthropic capital is directed towards climate solutions. Can that be changed?

Watch Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Matthew Nordan, Managing Director and co-founder of Prime Coalition, in this 90-minute webinar about how philanthropy can help speed the transition to a clean energy future. Matthew shares Prime Coalition’s story and their work with foundations to research and invest charitable capital in early-stage companies that can have transformational impacts on climate change. The session was sponsored by Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.


Heather Martin, Board Member of Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, a small yet trail-blazing family foundation that has invested 100% of its endowment in climate solutions. Click the slide to download the EMEF case study.

Nick Flores from client advisor, Caprock Group, provided a brief summary of the current state of foundations aligning endowments with climate missions and what it takes to overcome barriers.

Matthew Nordan discussed Prime Coalition’s mission and approach to catalyzing philanthropic investment in early-stage climate ventures that have the potential to make significant climate impacts.

Catha Groot explained Radicle Impact’s mission and TomKat Foundation objectives and why & how they’re investing in early-stage climate ventures.

Elizabeth Cantwell, the Chief Executive Officer of Arizona State University Research Enterprise (ASURE), moderated the panel discussion of philanthropic investments in scalable climate solutions.