The CLI Story

After the adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement, leaders from our founding funders and key partners decided that addressing the climate crisis at a level corresponding to the urgent threat required more philanthropic investment—quickly and at the scale that would truly lead to transformational change. In 2019, the Climate Leadership Initiative was formally launched to help philanthropists get started quickly with confidence.

CLI plays a unique role in engaging philanthropists, particularly those new to the climate issue, and connecting them with high-impact solutions sourced from the broader climate community. In addition, CLI helps donors connect the dots between climate and other areas where they may already be giving–such as poverty, health, education, conservation, and science, as well as in specific geographic regions.