How are foundations acting on climate change?

Foundations are recognising the urgency of climate change and the risk it poses for all charitable aims. Many are committing to take action in response, with nearly 100 UK charitable foundations signed on to the Funder Commitment on Climate Change.

Launched in 2019, the Funder Commitment is a high-level framework supporting foundations to play their part in tackling the causes and impacts of climate change by looking at their operations, investments, committing resources, integrating climate into funding programmes, and learning.

Whether you’re a dedicated climate funder or coming to the issue for the first time, join ACF to celebrate the launch of this year’s report on the progress signatories to the Funder Commitment are making. The event will explore key findings and themes emerging from the report, hear from signatories to the Commitment on their experience, and create a space for you to connect with fellow funders who want to be intentional in playing their part, whatever their size, mission or area of benefit might be.

Last year’s Funder Commitment on Climate Change progress report can be viewed here. This year’s report can be viewed here.


Lily Brandhorst, Funding Manager, City Bridge Trust

Lily is a Funding Manager at City Bridge Trust and has been leading its environmental working group since November 2020. She is particularly interested in work that addresses both climate and social justice issues together. Lily volunteers as a mentor and is training as a professional coach.  



Allan Farmer, Head of Place, Corra Foundation

Allan leads the development and delivery of Corra’s People in Place programme which uses place-based approaches to support people and communities to create positive change.  He is also working collaboratively with colleagues to progress Corra’s actions on climate change.


Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Michael joined the Community Foundation in June 2013 and led the Space and Place Programme which supported 30 communities (geographical and of interest) to develop underused and/or difficult spaces that would connect more people and communities. He has key responsibility for the Building Sustainable Communities strategy area within the Foundation and has led on community based action support programmes including Comic Relief, Pears Foundation and Micro-Grants. Michael currently leads the Foundation’s work on both Climate Justice and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  He is also exploring a community assets/endowment programme exploring new ways of tapping into community wealth as a key driver for sustainable and locally led social change. Outside of work, Michael is a keen cyclist which has given him an insight to the many challenges but also the opportunities if the development of accessible and meaningful cycle pathways across the whole of Northern Ireland.

Anne Monier, Researcher,  ESSEC Business School 

Anne Monier holds a Ph.D in social sciences (Ecole Normale Supérieure), and is a Researcher at ESSEC Business School in France (Paris). She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. She is a specialist of philanthropy, published several books and academic articles on the topic. She is currently conducting a research on the mobilization of the philanthropic sector for climate in Europe, and internationally, following the #philanthropyforclimate movement.

Date: 20 June 2022

Time: 2pm - 3.45pm

This event will take place online. A Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before. 

The event is free to attend. Non-members are welcome to attend this event if they meet the criteria for ACF membership.

If you would like to discuss access requirements, please contact [email protected].