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RC Forward Climate Change Fund

July 2023: RC Forward has made changes to how it operates. Fundraising is paused for most campaigns. We advise donors to give tax-effectively if possible while prioritizing impact over tax benefits. If you wish to donate to a high-impact organization directly without a donation receipt, please donate on their website. To make a donation eligible for a donation receipt, please visit our new donation page (link). For more information, please read our update (link). Contact us (link) if you have questions or need support.

Support charities recommended by Founders Pledge that work on highly impactful, evidence-based solutions to the triple challenge of climate change, air pollution and energy poverty.

About this fund

Over $10 billion in philanthropic donations is spent on climate change each year. Due to biases and blindspots of mainstream solutions, much of that generosity isn’t doing as much good as it could. The RC Forward Climate Change Fund offers Canadian donors an opportunity to go beyond the mainstream and optimize for maximal impact with their climate giving.

This Fund is advised by Founders Pledge Climate, a global research team that aims to leverage each dollar and fund the most effective, neglected climate solutions. Learn more in Founders Pledge Climate’s 2023 end-of-year report, Scaling for maximal impact.

Canadians that support the RC Forward Climate Change Fund create an outsized impact through their donations, which help accelerate innovation in neglected technologies, catalytically grow the most effective climate organizations, and promote policy leadership and paradigm shaping.

Gift direction reports

If you gave in Quarter 4, 2022, or Quarters 1, 2, or 3, 2023

Based on the advice of Founders Pledge Climate, RC Forward directed all support raised in this Fund towards the Ultradeep Geothermal Research Project, run by the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University. Cascade Institute is a Canadian research centre addressing converging global crises. You can learn more about the Ultradeep Geothermal Research Project here.

If you gave in Quarter 4, 2021, or Quarters 1, 2, or 3, 2022

We directed all support raised in this Fund towards the China Carbon Neutrality Initiative Project at the Institute of Energy Environment and Economy (3E), Tsinghua University. Tsinghua University is one of China’s top universities, and 3E is a top advisor to Chinese policy makers. This new, 5-year project will support and advise the Chinese Government in overcoming challenges in the transition to clean energy, with a focus on repowering coal plants with advanced nuclear reactors. 

RC Forward is pleased to have collaborated with Founders Pledge Climate and Effektiv Spenden’s Climate Change Fund to support the launch of the China Carbon Neutrality Initiative Project. For more information on the rationale behind supporting this project, please see Founders Pledge Climate’s 2023 end of year update, Scaling for maximal climate impact.

If you gave in Quarter 2 or 3, 2021

We directed all support raised in this Fund towards the work of TerraPraxis. TerraPraxis designs and implements strategies that leverage science, technology and energy innovation for a prosperous planet. TerraPraxis focuses on accelerating action for climate and prosperity, by enabling high-impact rapid transitions for the toughest parts of the decarbonization challenge. 

If you gave in Quarter 1, 2021

We directed all support raised in this Fund towards the work of Clean Air Task Force (CATF). CATF works to decarbonize the global energy system to address climate change. CATF drives change in three main ways: Modelling and systems analysis to drive support for the most effective policy and technology strategies; technology innovation to facilitate the commercialization of emerging and proven climate change mitigation technologies; and policy advocacy to catalyze realistic change that leads to major impact.

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