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Awareness to Action Training for the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
April 4-6 & April 19-21, 2011 • Chicago, IL & Bainbridge Island, WA

Environmental foundations aim to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, climate change can be a barrier to our success. The places we work and the topics we work on are all vulnerabilities to climate change in some manner. Yet, we may not have considered the potential impacts of climate change in our strategic planning, and even if we understand the possible implications of climate change for our philanthropic vision, we don’t always know what to do to make our grantmaking more resilient to climate change or how to redesign our strategies to adapt to a range of possible climate scenarios. Unfortunately failure to take these steps threatens our likelihood of success and reduces our efficacy.

EcoAdapt’s Awareness to Action (A2A) Program trains people from organizations and agencies around the world in how to develop and implement solutions to the challenges of climate change in their work. This Climate Camp for Funders will provide an opportunity for grantmakers to work together to explore the ways in which philanthropic missions and conservation strategies are vulnerable to climate change, to learn how to integrate climate variability into foundation visioning and planning, and to design new approaches to grantmaking that are more likely to be successful as our climate transforms. From here on out, being cognizant of climate change in the decisions we make is both fiscally and programmatically prudent.

Goal: Provide analysis and training to help grantmakers achieve success in the face of climate change

Length: 1.5 days at each location

Size: 10 to 30 participants at each location

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