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Our approach

Taking effective action

We believe that without a healthy planet free from the worst effects of climate change, the systems that underpin a healthy life for people and animals on earth with fail. As such, the core focus of The Foundation’s work is to fight climate change as effectively as possible.

With less than 3% of global philanthropy utilised towards climate and nature work, it is imperative the funding directed to these causes go the most effective charities. That’s why we’re applying effective altruism principles to help inform our grant making.

Using our 'Visionary Grants'to fund innovative new projects, and our 'Strategic Grants' to fund proven and scalable projects, we seek to create grassroots and systemic impact.


Led by research

Project Drawdown’ provides an accumulation of leading global research that highlights the most effective solutions to address climate change. By using this information, along with other research, The Foundation is able to specifically target initiatives across people, planet and animals that all directly and practically address climate change. Funding for these initiatives is targeted at both systemic and advocacy efforts, as well as grassroot projects.

Effective Altruism

Working closely with The Life You Can Save Australia, the Australian Ethical Foundation implements key elements of effective altruism principles into our grant making process. Our goal is to ensure the most effective climate charities are receiving the most support possible.

We are currently funding a research project with The Life You Can Save Australian and IDInsight to uncover Australia's most effective climate change charities. More details on this project will be released by the end of 2021.


What is Effective Altruism?

Effective altruism is about doing the most good for every dollar donated, by using evidence and analysis to determine the best issues to work on, and which interventions have the greatest potential for impact. Effective altruism research is guided by three questions:

  1. Is the issue large in scale? How many people are affected, and to what extent?
  2. Is the issue highly tractable? How much progress can we make with additional resources?
  3. Is the issue neglected? How many resources are already being directed toward the problem?