The natural world is the life support system for all life on Earth, including humankind. Its loss is not just sad but disastrous.
Our aim is to protect the planet and its climate, both for humanity and nature's own sake, ensuring its sustainability for future generations, by focussing on projects that either encourage the burning of fewer fossil fuels or the protection and growth of carbon sinks.
Established in 1975, the Kreitman Foundation has supported a number of areas over the years.
The current trustees came onboard more recently and began by focussing on the smaller area of gender norms in UK education (further background in our blog), initially driven by an interest in the LGBTI+ rights of children and young people and the desire to build trustee skills in an arguably smaller domain.
The core focus of the foundation is now the climate crisis.
We are very conscious of how time-consuming grant applications can be. In the first instance, please email us either with a brief introduction (and latest financials if possible/applicable) or your standard intro email.
Should we then wish to explore in more depth we would favour an initial call to chat about the work you are doing and/or proposing to do, what you hope to achieve within the landscape, what measurements you expect will represent impact and what external factors/systems you think might interact with and potentially affect your outcomes and objectives.
We currently do not have application windows, seeking instead to respond to the needs of our partners as much as we can.
Where possible we will seek to give feedback on applications that are not successful.
Our strategy is generally split between critical intervention points such as the protection of existing carbon sinks (which we feel have a shorter-term time horizon to address) and efforts that may bring about the broader change needed to protect our planet in the longer term.
We may seek to achieve our aim through climate crisis mitigation initiatives such as conservation, facilitating positive changes in human behaviour, funding climate justice, research, carbon sink protection, wildlife/biodiversity protection and movement building.
We endeavour to focus on areas where funding gaps exist, taking 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.
We have been especially drawn to projects that address multiple areas (e.g. the human rights of environmental defenders).
We do not have a predetermined idea on the duration of projects we support, though we are conscious of the time it can take to see landscapes change positively.
For a flavour of the types of projects we generally support please see our Partners.
We also have a 'special interests' provision that allows for the potential to fund projects outside the above, however given these goals and the challenging economic environment, additional funding is likely to be limited.
We believe that the above goals are also achieved through the way our endowment is invested.