Philanthropic organizations and charities can play an important role in financing climate action. In this case, funds often come from individual donations for a specific cause or project.

Instrument category

Individual and community financing

Implementation status

High - much evidence available

Enabling conditions and success factors
  • Philanthropic funds are usually grants and can play an important role in funding small scale infrastructure and access to services without any systemic enabling factors.
  • However, the sustainable use and maintenance of infrastructure may depend on durable business models or renewed philanthropic support.
Instrument benefits
  • Ability to address small scale climate action in contexts where commercial models for implementation are unfeasible.
Challenges and risks to implementation
  • Risks to sustainable success if there is a lack of maintenance of infrastructure etc.

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