Philanthropy & The Environment

Challenges in funding, scaling up and evaluation

Though £112m of charitable trust giving was donated to environmental and animal causes in the UK in 2011-12, there remain huge shortfalls in our ability to address the issues at stake. Given the size and scope of these challenges, why does the environment remain such a niche interest area in the philanthropy sector?

As Bristol takes up its title of 2015 European Green Capital, the panel will discuss what this means for the city, how it might inspire more environmental philanthropy in the UK and the potential social impact of large public initiatives. The panel will explore the current state of environmental funding and similar opportunities in related sectors such as energy, resources and land.

The panel will examine the psychology of giving, the merits of impact-analysis and evidence-based giving in this context and the need for role models to inspire potential green philanthropists.

The panel will also discuss:

  • Opportunities and challenges in local and international environmental philanthropy
  • Case studies and examples of effective environmental philanthropy
  • The role of business, government and private individuals to create systemic change
  • Scope for social investment in environmental causes and related sectors, and what form this might take

Panel: Andrew Garrad, Bristol 2015; Bevis Watts, Avon Wildlife Trust; Ali Parsa, Royal Agricultural University;

Event type: Roundtable

Telephone: 0207 430 0601


Further detail available here



Alder King
Pembroke House
15 Pembroke Road
Clifton East

Event type

  • Talks & Debates

Event organiser

Philanthropy Impact



Bristol map showing Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East
Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East