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Theory of change

Theory of change

Taking action

We believe that without a sustainable planet free from the worst effects of climate change, the systems that underpin a healthy life for people and animals are prone to fail. With less than three per cent of global philanthropy utilised towards addressing climate change, the Australian Ethical Foundation’s focus is to fight climate change as effectively as possible.

Led by research

Paul Hawken’s ‘Project Drawdown’ provides an accumulation of leading global research that highlights the most effective solutions to address climate change.

By using this and other research, we are able to target initiatives across people, planet and animals that directly and practically address climate change. Funding for these initiatives includes systemic, advocacy, as well as grassroots efforts.

Visit Project Drawdown 

Focus areas

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 in line with these three themes.

Helping stop sources of carbon
Australia is a global leader in the export of fossil fuels and livestock. It’s important we shift to cleaner solutions.
Supporting carbon sinks
We’re funding initiatives to protect tropical forests, seagrass meadows, tidal marshes and mangrove forests.
Empowering women and girls
Securing gender equality is one of the leading solutions to addressing climate change.

Effective Altruism

We use effective altruism principles in how we assess grants, and how we aim to progress the climate philanthropy sector as a whole.

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.

See how we assess grants

Australian Ethical acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and recognise and celebrate their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and thank them for protecting Country since time immemorial.

See our Reconciliation Action Plan