Our mission is to identify and engage with initiatives that will safeguard our planet and protect and enrich the life that exists on it.
To achieve this and to hone our skills as new trustees we initially focussed on the smaller (but no less worthy) area of LGBTI+ rights (further background in our blog). The core focus of the foundation is now shifting to the climate crisis.
We take into account the types of projects and organisations best suited to our size, likely to be smaller initiatives but with the ambition to achieve broader change:
To protect the planet and its climate, ensuring its sustainability for future generations.
We may seek to achieve our aim through such routes as conservation or facilitating positive changes in human behaviour. This could be more specifically achieved through funding climate justice, research, carbon sink protection, wildlife/biodiversity protection, movement building or other climate crisis mitigation initiatives. We have been drawn to smaller projects that address multiple areas (e.g. the human rights of environmental defenders).
To ensure that LGBTI+ people are free from discriminatory prosecution, persecution and violence and able to achieve their full potential, openly in a fair society.
We may seek to achieve our aim through such routes as ending public stigmatisation and hate or addressing the issues surrounding gender norms. This could be more specifically achieved by funding LGBTI+ advocates and protection services or supporting projects that change hearts and minds, offer physical or psychological support, provide an evidence base or campaign for rights.
We also have a 'special interests' provision that allows for the potential to fund projects outside the above, however given these goals, our outstanding financial commitments and the challenging economic environment, additional funding is unlikely.
We are also exploring the extent to which the above goals may also be achieved through a degree of impact, rather than purely traditional, investing.