#PhilanthropyForClimate: How Can Philanthropy Galvanise Local Action For Global Impact?


Thank you for joining the virtual Philanthropy Roundtable “#PhilanthropyForClimate: How can philanthropy galvanise local action for global impact?” hosted by the Foundations Platform F20, Dafne, WINGS, Foundation Scotland and the European Community Foundation Initiative. The virtual event took place on November 9 in the context of the COP26.

In light of unprecedented global crises encompassing the COVID-19 pandemic and the biodiversity and climate crises, the concept of ‘Think global – Act local’ which emerged from the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992 is still of great relevance for the COP26. It is a timely and accurate description of how to respond to the global challenges within our immediate local environments, whilst being aligned with globally agreed frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Philanthropy plays a crucial role in galvanising local action for global climate impact. With the virtual roundtable, we shed light on the role of philanthropy in connecting the local and global dimensions and building sustainable solutions required for addressing our global crises effectively and holistically.

The virtual event consisted of three parts:

1. Views from COP26: Can we tackle the climate crisis in time?
2. Invitation to join the #PhilanthropyForClimate movement
3. Panel discussion: How can we build resilient communities and sustainable solutions to the global crisis at the local level?


Please find a synthesis of information and resources harvested from the event’s chat here.

Please download the preliminary agenda (2021-11-04) here.

Rizal Algamar
Chairman of the Executives Board of Filantropi Indonesia

Rizal is the Chairman of the Executives Board of Filantropi Indonesia and the Southeast Asia Regional Director at the Tropical Forest Alliance hosted by the World Economic Forum. With 25+ years of experienced in both corporate and non-profit sectors, Rizal’s background includes international business development, sustainable development, environment, conservation and natural resources management, managing and developing diverse team, impact investing and entrepreneurship capacity building for micro and small businesses across the archipelago. Prior to that, Rizal was the Country Director and Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy – Indonesia Program; a leading, oldest and the largest US-based conservation organization since 2012 to 2019 and Chairperson of the Board of Executive and Management of Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara since 2015 to 2019. Previously, he worked with the Putera Sampoerna Foundation, the largest private foundation in Indonesia that provides access to, and quality of education as Head of Partnership. Prior to joining The Conservancy, he was the Senior Vice President at Bank BTPN, a leading bank that focuses in empowering the mass market, where he leads and designed, developed and implemented successful bank-wide integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) and creating shared value (CSV) programs that enhances value for customers and employees in health & wellness, entrepreneurial capacity-building and training with the goals to improve customer’s businesses, livelihood and health, thus creating the bank’s distinct value proposition.


Jason Anderson
Program Director at ClimateWorks Foundation

Jason is a Program Director at ClimateWorks Foundation in San Francisco. His work spans efforts ranging from advancing the Paris Agreement, to cleaning up dirty shipping and preventing methane leakage. Jason started working on climate and clean energy at the US Department of Energy’s office of solar energy conversion, after which he helped promote photovoltaics for rural electrification in Central America. He worked in Brussels at Climate Action Network Europe, the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and WWF, where he directed the EU climate and energy program. Jason was a lead author of the IPCC special reports on ozone and climate interactions, and on carbon capture and storage; he was acknowledged in 2007 for his contribution to the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize.  Jason earned degrees in public policy and energy and resources from U.C. Berkeley, and in biological anthropology from Harvard University.


Tom Black
Community Funds Manager at Foundation Scotland

Tom joined Foundation Scotland in 2013.  As Community Funds Manager (North) he supports the development and delivery of several community benefit funds linked to onshore and offshore renewable energy projects and manages the Foundation’s Communities Team staff for the North of Scotland. Prior to this, Tom worked at the Development Trusts Association Scotland providing organisational and business development support to enterprising community organisations. He has also worked as Policy & Programme Development Officer at The National Lottery Fund (Scotland) and as Partnerships Team Leader at the Environment Agency for England and Wales (Lower Severn Area). Tom holds degrees in Geography with Philosophy and in Environmental Policy & Management.


Dr. Gerrit Hansen
Program Director Climate Change at Robert Bosch Stiftung

Dr Gerrit Hansen is Program Director Climate Change at Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin. An environmental engineer by training she has been working on climate change, sustainable development and international climate policy for more than a decade. Before joining the foundation in June 2021, she held senior positions at the German IPCC-Coordination Office, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the environment and development NGO Germanwatch. At Robert Bosch Stiftung she is responsible for developing and implementing the climate change strategy with a focus on sustainable land use and food system reform.


Lourdes Inga
Executive Director of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

Lourdes has over two decades of experience in international philanthropy at foundations and nonprofits dedicated to indigenous rights, gender equality, and social justice. Lourdes is Executive Director of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP). Under her leadership, IFIP is expanding Indigenous Philanthropy, supporting the leadership of Indigenous-Led Funds, and advocating for greater funding resources for Indigenous Peoples. Prior to joining IFIP, she was with The Christensen Fund a private foundation focused on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and biocultural diversity and before that with The Global Fund for Women a public foundation focused on advancing women’s rights globally. Lourdes recently joined the Board of the Equality Fund a groundbreaking new initiative to shift power and resources to women’s movements across the globe. She is a member of the Indigenous Philanthropic Advisory Group, Decolonizing Wealth. Lourdes has served on multiple boards and advisory roles, including founding Board Member of EDGE Funders Alliance and board member of Grantmakers without Borders. Born in Lima; she is Quechua descent from Peru.


Bambang Ismawan
Founding Chairman of the Bina Swadaya Foundation

Bambang Ismawan was born in Lamongan, Indonesia, March 7, 1938. He is the Founding Chairman of Bina Swadaya Foundation (1967) and Founder and Chairman of Trubus Agricultural Magazine (1969). Bambang receives several awards among others are the Satya Lancana award from the President of the Republic of Indonesia in the field of economic development especially the development of cooperatives (1995), Social Entrepreneurship Award from Ernst & Young Indonesia and The Schwab Foundation in Switzerland (2006), Sang Pemula Award (The Pioneers Award) from Yayasan NewSeum Indonesia granted as the Founder of Trubus Agriculture Magazine for its consistency in building agriculture and the people’s economy (2008). Currently active as a speaker at various national and international conferences on social solidarity economy, social entrepreneurship, microfinance and community empowerment.


Johannes Lundershausen
Content Specialist Climate Change at Active Philanthrophy

Johannes strives to keep Active Philanthropy’s work on top of the wealth of climate knowledge out there. He has a passion for ensuring that the available information about climate change, its impacts and ways to solve it is put to good use in philanthropy. He is responsible for content analysis in Active Philanthropy’s consultancy work. He also leads on knowledge-focused projects such as the “Funding the Future” report or the “Climate Mitigation Tool for Philanthropy”. Before joining Active Philanthropy in 2020, he worked with the German Committee Future Earth, where he gained experience at the science-policy interface around sustainability. Johannes holds a Ph. D. in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Tübingen (Germany), a M.Sc. in Geography from University College London (UK) and a B. A. in International Politics from the University of Surrey (UK).


Marie-Stéphane Maradeix
Executive Director of Carasso Foundation

A graduate of EM Lyon (Lyon School of Management), Marie-Stéphane Maradeix has more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She worked for Médecins du Monde, the Ministry of Social Affairs or the Apprentis d’Auteuil Foundation. She was Deputy Director of ESSEC’s Fundraising Campaign and then Campaign Director for Ecole Polytechnique. In 2011, she joined the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, as Executive director. Her path includes a year of philanthropy research at Johns Hopkins University (USA), and she is the author of three books on the philanthropic sector. She has been Chair of the French Association of Fundraisers, trustee of CASE Europe, member of the Haut Conseil à la Vie Associative (a governmental consultative body on the non-profit sector) from 2011 to 2016 and Secretary of the French Center of Funds and Foundations until 2017. She is today a board member of the Ecole du Louvre, as well as several associations and foundations.


Elizabeth McKeon
Head of Portfolio at IKEA Foundation

Liz McKeon joined the IKEA Foundation in 2014, and has played a key role in the extraordinary growth of one Europe’s largest private philanthropies. Today she leads the foundation’s work on Climate Action, which aims to enact the systemic shifts necessary to secure the 1.5°C ambition of the Paris Agreement. Liz has worked in global development for several decades, ever more convinced that structural injustice exacerbates inequality and inhibits human progress. Her views began taking root on a teaching assignment in apartheid-era South Africa, and have remained at the core of her career, in positions with the Ford Foundation, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Liz is Chair of the Board of Alliance Publishing Trust, publishers of Alliance Magazine, the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide. She is a firm believer that philanthropies operate at their highest level when they commit to regular knowledge sharing and candid dialogue. She holds an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University. Liz is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is passionate about jazz, rock climbing, vermicomposting and restoring bees to her garden.


Klaus Milke
Chair of F20

Klaus Milke is the Chairman of the Steering Group of Foundations 20 with the background as Founder and Chairman of Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit (Foundation for Sustainability). Since 1991 he is also in the Board of Germanwatch, a German development and environmental Non-Governmental Organization. He has graduated economics, followed by studies of sociology and political science and – with experience in the executive board of a middle sized company – he is today consulting governments, corporates and civil society groups. By advice, moderation and advocacy work he is active in various networking and campaigning processes mainly on climate and energy and on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda “in, with and from” Germany with the SDG.


Devika Shah
Executive Director of Environment Funders Canada

Devika is the Executive Director of Environment Funders Canada (EFC), a network of funders inspired by a vision of an environmentally sound and sustainable Canada. She is passionate about realizing a world grounded in environmental, social and economic justice, active democratic engagement, and equity. Her interdisciplinary background and experience in the non-profit sector have strengthened her commitment to advancing grassroots, community-led, multi-stakeholder solutions, which she views as the most powerful lever for achieving systems change. Prior to EFC, Devika served as the Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto, and she has also worked for World Wildlife Fund Canada, Pembina Institute, York University and KCI Philanthropy where her responsibilities spanned strategic planning and integration, fund development, public engagement, government relations, advocacy and operations management. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University) and a BSc from the University of Toronto.


Izabella Teixeira
Former Minister of Environment of Brazil

Izabella Teixeira, former Minister of Environment of Brazil (2010 to 2016). Participant of the Amazon Concertation initiative and senior fellow of Instituto Arapyaú. Board member of CEBRI – Brazilian Center for International Relations -, and co-chair of the International Panel on Natural Resources of the UN Environment.


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