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The Underpinnning Stories Dialogue Series

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As is the case with many systemic, pressing challenges, no one has all the answers. The CLIMA Fund (formerly Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund) is creating a space for transparent, deeper discussion about the underlying narrative frames and assumptions around who climate protagonists are and what constitutes a ‘climate solution.’ Each session includes a dialogue between invited speakers, followed by smaller group conversations among participants. Participants will walk away with new understanding of the hypotheses that fellow funders hold about addressing the climate crisis and new ideas about how we are supporting climate solution practitioners as a community.

The CLIMA Fund is a collaboration between Thousand Currents, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Rights, Grassroots International, and Global Greengrants. Thank you to our co-sponsors Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Human Rights Funders Network, Confluence Philanthropy, the Ariadne Network, NY Philanthropy, the Center for Story-Based Strategy, JusticeFunders, and the Whitman Institute.




Having completed the first three dialogues "Climate & Innovation", "Climate & Scale", and "Climate & Metrics" we are now completing our final three dialogues in the series. Check out summaries of the first three dialogues here.


Dialogue 4: Climate & Capacity

February 28th, 9-10:30am PST / 12-1:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm GMT

What is capacity and why (or why not) is it important to climate action? In this session we will explore how funders assess and understand capacity in grantmaking and on-the-ground work, and what some of our assumptions are about grantee partner capacity. In the context of climate, what constitutes efficient and resourced work?

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth McKeon | Head of Strategy | IKEA Foundation

  • Regan Pritzer | Board Member | Libra Foundation

  • Kathy Reich | Director of BUILD | Ford Foundation

  • Chung-Wha Hong | Executive Director | Grassroots International


Dialogue 5: Climate & Geography

April 24th, 9-10:30am PST / 12-1:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm GMT

How might we approach climate change with funding strategies that reflect the complexity and interdependence of the crisis itself? How might we bridge domestic and international funding initiatives to support linkages within the global climate movement? In this session we will unpack assumptions about geography, how different funders make choices about geographic funding, and what that means for advancing transformative climate action.

Speakers:

  • Heather McGray | Director | Climate Justice Resilience Fund

  • Solomé Lemma | Executive Director | Thousand Currents

  • Dana Bourland | Executive Director | JPB Foundation

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