Climate & Environment Giving Guide

Climate change is one of the greatest existential threats facing our planet. The challenges posed by rising temperatures, severe weather events, and rising sea levels are jeopardizing natural habitats, economies, and communities. The climate crisis is global in scale and requires immediate, concerted action. Philanthropic support is indispensable to mitigating the worst effects of climate change by helping slow the acceleration of global warming and develop creative ways to thrive in our changing environment. 

We highly recommend the organizations listed here which were curated by our professional philanthropic advisors and informed by the organizations our donor-advised funds support. We encourage you to consider supporting these organizations which work in the following areas:

Clean Energy

Ocean Conservation

Climate Justice

Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Forests & Wildfires

If you are interested in opening a Federation donor-advised fund to facilitate your giving, start here.

Clean Energy

Energy plays a critical role in our daily lives and underpins every sector of the global economy. To ensure a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations, it is imperative to transition away from the use of energy sources that destroy habitats and pollute the atmosphere. The use of fossil fuels for energy is a major contributor to climate change and is the underlying cause of many health conditions. The exploitation of clean energy sources creates new jobs in the renewable energy sector and supports local economies.

Supporting the development and adoption of clean energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower can help slow the negative impacts of climate change and safeguard the health and well-being of our communities.

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Uses the power of the law to defend the earth against polluting coal and gas plants, protect the natural world, and defend a wide variety of environmental regulations and policies. Earthjustice also partners with communities to build grassroots support for a better future. EIN: 94-1730465 

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GRID Alternatives

Provides access to low-to-no-cost solar electric systems to low-income individuals and families. Based in the Bay Area, the organization’s unique model employs on-the-job training and volunteer support to install solar systems, thereby contributing to a stronger energy workforce. GRID Alternatives also supports tribal communities across the United States in their efforts to control their energy resources and transition to clean electricity sources. EIN: 26-0043353 

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Project Drawdown

Identifies readily available solutions that utilize clean energy sources and reduce carbon emissions. Project Drawdown works with policymakers, businesses, and community leaders to develop a roadmap to accelerate a transition to clean energy. EIN: 38-3705448 

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Rocky Mountain Institute

Works to transform the global energy system to be more efficient, sustainable and equitable. The Institute conducts scientific research and works with governments, businesses, and communities to advance clean energy solutions, clean up the transportation sector, and promote the transition to a low-carbon economy. EIN: 74-2244146 

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Ocean Conservation

Preserving oceans is crucial for safeguarding marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of coastal communities that depend on them. Robust and thriving oceans, with abundant fish stocks and diverse marine habitats, strengthen the earth’s ability to withstand the adverse impacts of climate change. To keep the oceans healthy, we must reduce ocean pollution, establish strong marine protective areas, regulate fishing practices, and support regional and international ocean governance agreements. 

The following organizations work in the areas of ocean conservation, marine protection, and the reduction of ocean pollution. 

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5 Gyres Institute

Conducts groundbreaking research on plastic pollution’s effects on our oceans. 5 Gyres Institute conducts public education about the impacts of pollution on the marine environment and advocates for better regulation of plastic usage and disposal at local, state, and federal levels. EIN: 27-1350279 

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Marine Mammal Center

Supports ocean health through marine mammal rescue, conservation, veterinary medicine, research, and education. The Marine Mammal center also partners with government agencies, scientific institutions, and other organizations to promote ocean health and the protection of marine animals. EIN: 51-0144434 

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Tikkun HaYam

Inspires Jewish philanthropic support of marine conservation efforts around the world. Its programs support the restoration and protection of the ocean and its ecosystems, encourage the sustainable use of ocean resources, and advocate for stronger ocean protection policies. EIN: 87-3029570 

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Climate Justice

Climate change disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, including low-income, indigenous communities, and communities of color. These communities are often located in areas with limited resources and are subjected to high levels of environmental hazards, such as industrial pollution sources and major highways that emit transportation pollution. They are also more vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change such as floods, wildfires, and hurricanes.

By supporting the organizations that work to address these challenges, we can help these communities reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events, advocate for healthier living environments, and become more resilient for the future.

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Climate Justice Fund

Works to close gaps in leadership and access to climate solutions to ensure that the transition from a fuel-based towards a regenerative economy includes and empowers groups who systematically lack access to products and services addressing the climate crisis. CJF targets People of Color; people earning low-to-moderate incomes (LMI); women; and other marginalized groups throughout the United States. This is an impact loan opportunity.

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Mobilizes the American Jewish community, in partnership with other communities, to confront the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold collective action. Rooted in Jewish values, experience, and spirit, Dayenu strengthens the movement for climate justice and the Jewish community’s capacity to engage in strategic, meaningful climate action. To support Dayenu, include this information with your grant recommendation: Donation to Social Good Fund (EIN: 46-1323531) with grant purpose "Dayenu."

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Global Greengrants Fund

Supports grassroots solutions to environmental challenges in more than 80 countries annually in the following focus areas: climate justice; healthy communities and ecosystems; local livelihoods; right to land, water, and resources; and women's environmental action. EIN: 84-1612422 

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The Solutions Project

Funds and amplifies grassroots climate justice solutions created by Black, indigenous, immigrant, women, and other People of Color-led organizations. It also provides grants, media and storytelling training, and networking and collaboration opportunities. The Solutions Project also helps organizations apply for federal funds to support marginalized communities most affected by climate change. EIN: 46-3811348 

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Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Contemporary commercial agricultural practices negatively impact the environment by contributing to deforestation and emitting harmful greenhouse gases. Adopting sustainable agriculture practices, including organic farming, cover cropping, and agroforestry, allows farmers to conserve water, improve soil health, and reduce carbon emissions while producing healthy and affordable food. Such practices allow farmers to meet their community’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. 

The following organizations focus on plant-based alternatives to meat, sustainable agriculture, and fighting food insecurity.

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Promotes sustainable energy and land management practices through immersive retreat experiences, educational programs, and collective action with an emphasis on Jewish tradition, spirituality, and community. Adamah also administers local chapters of its Jewish Youth Climate Movement (JYCM) program, providing opportunities for young leaders to engage in climate education and advocacy. EIN: 43-2080719

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Good Food Institute

Works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to develop alternative protein sources and modernize production at scale. GFI focuses on plant-based alternatives to animal products in order to mitigate the environmental impact of current agricultural practices and feed more people with fewer resources. EIN: 81-0840578 

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Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Works through advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. In addition to advocating for policy solutions that protect nutritional safety net programs, Mazon also educates the public and government officials about the scope of food insecurity among vulnerable populations. EIN: 22-2624532 

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Urban Adamah

Based in Berkeley, this educational farm and community center integrates Jewish tradition, mindfulness, sustainable agriculture, and social action to build just and sustainable communities. In addition to demonstrating sustainable agricultural practices that encourage biodiversity and environmental stewardship, Urban Adamah also holds community-building events and retreats for children and families. EIN: 27-4349643

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World Central Kitchen

Provides meals and other nutritional support in communities around the world that have been impacted by natural disasters and climate crises, as well as those displaced by violence or war. World Central Kitchen also supports local food economies by sourcing ingredients from local farmers and businesses and creating economic opportunities in the communities they serve. EIN 27-3521132 

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Forests & Wildfires

Forests play a crucial role in maintaining a stable climate by serving as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and storing it in the form of biomass, such as trees. This natural process helps regulate temperature, preserve soil health, and protect biodiversity. When forests are destroyed through deforestation or wildfires, the stored carbon is released back into the atmosphere, exacerbating other consequences of climate change. In turn, rising temperatures and prolonged periods of drought have created ideal conditions for devastating wildfires around the world, including in California and regions throughout the Western United States. 

Supporting the protection and restoration of forests can mitigate the impacts of climate change and preserve the benefits they provide to both wildlife and human populations.  

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The John Muir Project

Monitors commercial logging projects proposed by the US Forest Service on federal public forestlands. Over the past fourteen years, the project has protected over 300,000 acres of mature and old growth forest and post-fire habitat in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The John Muir Project also empowers local communities with tools to withstand the risks associated with wildfires. To support The John Muir Project, include this information with your grant recommendation: Donation to Earth Island Institute (EIN 94-2889684) with grant purpose "The John Muir Project."

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Wild Heritage

Provides scientific research to policymakers, conservation groups, and land managers on ways to restore and renew ecosystems in the most natural and cost-effective way possible. Wild Heritage also works to preserve the primary “old growth” forests that protect over two thirds of Earth’s land and freshwater; prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19; fight climate change by drawing down and storing vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere; and ensure reliable, high-quality freshwater supplies. To support Wild Heritage, include this information with your grant recommendation: Donation to Earth Island Institute (EIN 94-2889684) with grant purpose "Wild Heritage."

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