What Drives Us

Sequoia Climate Fund is a new foundation that strives to prevent the worst impacts of climate change by investing in grantees that are accelerating the transition to clean energy by 2030. We take an approach guided by the likely speed and scale of emissions reductions and the warming prevented.

What Drives Us

Sequoia Climate Fund is a new foundation that strives to prevent the worst impacts of climate change by investing in grantees that are accelerating the transition to clean energy by 2030. We take an approach guided by the likely speed and scale of emissions reductions and the warming prevented.

Our Mission

Sequoia Climate Fund strives to prevent the worst impacts of climate change by dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to clean energy. Our investments are focused on decarbonizing the global economy as quickly as possible and on the strategies and geographies where philanthropy can have the highest impact. We believe that solving climate change requires adopting ambitious policy solutions that transform markets, advance clean technology and lead to large-scale change. Sequoia Climate Fund is dedicated to building powerful coalitions needed to achieve these bold policy solutions.

Our Guiding Principles

Human-centered. Our underlying motivation is human-centered. We understand the heightened impacts the climate crisis has on underserved communities, communities of color and at-risk global populations in this and future generations.

Speed and Scale. We focus on the strategies, tactics and geographies where our grantees can have the greatest impact decarbonizing the economy and accelerating the transition to clean energy. 

Data-Driven. We invest in science-based climate change solutions that have the highest probability of achieving the largest near-term impact. Our foundation seeks solutions that maximize results, understanding that the best solutions influence and magnify efforts by others. 

Global Effort. With grantees and staff located around the world, we are active in multiple geographies based on opportunities for cost-effective mitigation. 

Optimism and Bold Action. Our optimism drives our ambition. To succeed, we take calculated risks on strategies that are justified by their transformative potential. 

Collaborative. Our grantees are closer to their focus areas than we are, and we respect their expertise. We are committed to building relationships with them in a spirit of respect and humility and learning with them as we support their work.

Together, we can. We work within the community of climate policymakers, scientists and activists while also building networks of outside organizations and other influencers. Communications and public engagement are the catalysts that make policy change possible. 

Urgency. Immediate climate action is needed to avoid dangerous climate tipping points and irreversible damage.

Areas of Focus

We fund organizations that work to mitigate the impact of climate change. Our grantees support policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote a clean energy transition. Our focus areas include power, transportation, buildings, industry, land use, agriculture and forestry, finance, communications, movement building and public engagement.

As we continue funding, we are looking forward to sharing stories from our grantees and their collective impact.

Grantees: Sequoia Climate Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Please join our email list to receive updates and information.