Managing Climate Risks to Conservation Investments – A New Report Written by Funders Offers Solutions

 NEW YORK (April 25, 2019) – This week the Climate Resilience Fund, together with our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund, released a new report that provides practical guidance to private foundations and individuals, as well as public agencies, for reducing their conservation investment risk in the era of climate change. The report was launched this week at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum in Madison, Wisconsin.

According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, a legally-mandated synthesis of recent climate findings and future projections, ecologically and economically valuable resources are being lost at an alarming rate due to climate change impacts.

For conservation funders, these trends represent a growing threat to the natural systems where they have already made significant investments, and, importantly, the durability of future conservation programs and outcomes as climate change accelerates.

The report, “Managing Risks to Conservation Investments Through Climate Adaptation,” offers practical guidance to help funders prepare for changes that are imminent, intentionally consider climate change in their work, and thus work to ensure that  conservation investments are more durable.   [ download report ] (PDF format).

About the authors: Molly Cross is Director of Science for the WCS Fund. John Nordgren is Managing Director of CRF and a long-time Advisory Council member for the WCS Fund. Darren Long, currently Associate Director at CRF was formerly Director of the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund.

The Climate Resilience Fund and WCS Climate Adaptation Fund collaborated to write and produce Managing Risks with support from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


2018 Coordination and Collaboration Grant Awards

published June 15, 2018

 Glue Money: CRF Announces Grant Awards for Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem

The Climate Resilience Fund (CRF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural round of awards for Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem.

Each of the organization listed below received one-year $25,000 awards from the Climate Resilience Fund. Through a unique partnership between CRF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Harmonic International, each of these organizations will receive an additional $25,000 in funding. This important work supports NOAA’s mission of promoting climate resilience among U.S. communities and businesses and aligns with the goals and objectives of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.

American Society of Adaptation Professionals – $25,000

To enhance the interoperability of climate knowledge brokers and online resources for adaptation practitioners

Climate Access – $25,000
For building The Resilience Navigator, a dynamic web-based landscape analysis tool for identifying key actors in the Resilience Ecosystem

EcoAdapt – $25,000
For creating The Climate Adaptation Registry, an open-access online tool to help managers and planners from communities and organizations of all sizes to connect with vetted climate services providers

Freshwater Futures – $25,000
For a collaborative project to increase the awareness and use of decision analytic tools and concepts in climate change adaptation

Future Earth – $25,000

To improve data tools that allow decision-makers to utilize compelling visualizations in climate resilience analyses

The Model Forest Policy Program – $25,000

For increasing the provision of informed and effective climate services to underserved rural communities

To learn more about these new grants and the collaborative project that they support please visit:

More information on CRF’s 2018 Collaboration and Coordination grants competition

This grant competition focused on coordination of climate adaptation and resilience services. Grants were made available to qualifying organizations seeking support for collaborative projects that build upon, interconnect, and increase access to existing resources that support climate change adaptation, resilience activities, and applied outcomes.

The size of these grants is intentionally small. The competition was designed to incentivize innovative collaborations aimed at creating efficiencies in the emergent resilience ecosystem. Rather than funding the creation of new products, CRF positioned these awards as “glue money”; grants that could be used to build upon, strengthen or connect two or more existing tools or resources within the climate services sector.

Awards were provided to six nonprofit organizations, but funds will be shared among more than 20 separate organizations which have self-organized into multi-partner collaboratives focused on expanding the provision of climate services and resources in the U.S. Each if these collaboratives will work independently and across projects bolster efforts that increase the resilience of both human communities and natural ecosystems to the anticipated effects of increased climate variability and change.


Applicants were introduced to the coordination and collaboration grants concept during the Resilience Ecosystem Workshop (REW), co-sponsored by CRF and NOAA, where more than 60 representatives of climate adaptation service providers gathered in January 2018.  These participants are a subset of a broader community of organizations and individuals currently engaged in helping the nation understand and prepare for current and forthcoming effects of a changing climate. Workshop participants were asked to work together to identify opportunities to collaborate on synergistic projects that build on existing resources in the broader Resilience Ecosystem.

We and our partners define the “Resilience Ecosystem” as the open and inclusive community of public and private entities that are working to sustain and evolve science-based tools, information, and expertise to help city planners, resource managers, businesses and others build resilience to climate-related impacts and extreme events.

The REW focused on building our collective capacity for climate services starting with resources that are already in place. This competition was about helping organizations represented at the REW and others who responded to the open call for proposals to work together to build better access, utility or interoperability into existing climate services.

CRF’s Approach

CRF’s Coordination and Collaboration grantmaking focuses on advancing coordination (including access to and use) of science-based climate services for the U.S. Grants sourced through this category target collaborative undertakings by organizations engaged in providing climate services to communities, resource managers, and other practitioners working at local and regional levels.

Organizations working in the climate services sector play an important connective and technical role within the Resilience Ecosystem by providing some or all of the following types of assistance: professional guidance and or trainings for decision-makers, translation of climate science for practical use by community planners and decision-makers, development and delivery of decision-support tools, coordination of a regional collaborative for climate change adaptation and other related activities.

Because science is a foundational element to climate adaptation and resilience, this category includes efforts to champion and facilitate the use of science in decision-making. Our strategy also encompasses remedies for the deficit in public support for political leadership on environmental issues broadly as well as for climate action.

About CRF

The Climate Resilience Fund is a philanthropic collaborative working to advance a positive vision of a climate resilient society and mobilize the resources for achieving it. We are committed to supporting the development and implementation of knowledge and resources to help steer society in a new direction – one where healthy communities, ecosystems, and sustainable economies coexist and thrive in the context of a changing climate.

CRF operates with a small leadership team with long experience working at the intersection of climate change, conservation, urban sustainability, and with the federal government agencies tasked with addressing the climate crisis. CRF is guided by an advisory board comprised of partner and investor representatives and experts in the fields of climate adaptation, resilience, and philanthropy. CRF is housed at The Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) that provides back-office administrative, financial management, and legal support for operations.



2018 Coordination and Collaboration Grants Opportunity

published February 7, 2018

The Climate Resilience Fund (CRF) is accepting Proposals for our Spring 2018 grant competition. This grant competition will focus on coordination of climate adaptation and resilience services. Grants will be made available to qualifying organizations seeking support for collaborative projects that build upon existing resources that support climate change adaptation and resilience activities and outcomes.

The goal for this competition is to support projects that address recognized goals and gaps in the Resilience Ecosystem. We define the “Resilience Ecosystem” as the open and inclusive community of public and private entities that are working to sustain and evolve science-based tools, information, and expertise that can help city planners, resource managers, businesses and others build resilience to climate-related impacts and extreme events.

Concepts for the 2018 Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem competition are due February 23, 2018. For more information, please download the Request for Proposals.