Please note the following includes all grants of £5,000 or more made since 2012-13 when the Trust was re-named the Frederick Mulder Foundation. Prior to this, it operated on a smaller scale and was known as The Prairie Trust. The Prairie Trust was established in 1986. Grant amounts, including thoser for for current grantees, are shown in our annual accounts and can be downloaded here.
Figures on this page are updated to March 2020. New grantees from April 2019 will be listed soon.
Climate Bonds Initiative
The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) is galvanizing a global collaboration between institutional investors, governments, development banks and industry to shift capital to climate investments in order to meet the $1 trillion annual target which the IEA estimates is required to avoid catastrophic global warming. CBI is the only organisation working solely on mobilising the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions.
Website – www.climatebonds.net
Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund is one of the USA’s most well-established and well-respected environmental groups, conducting research and cross party advocacy across a range of environmental issues. FMF was an inaugural funder of the EDF’s move into Europe.
Website – www.edf.org
The Glacier Trust monitors and publishes research on glaciers in the Himalayan mountain regions. The Trust focuses on working with locals in order to secure and prevent the effects of climate change on the landscape. It was founded in 2008 by Fred’s friend and former colleague, Robin Garton, an art dealer and experienced hillwalker who sadly died whilst walking in Glen Coe in 2015. FMF is proud to honour Robin’s memory through its on-going support for his work.
Website – www.theglaciertrust.org
Fred first funded Greenpeace back in 1985 in response to the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland, New Zealand. Today, FMF supports Greenpeace’s investment campaigning work through which it seeks to keep fossil fuels in the ground and reduce the political and economic power of oil companies in particular, by pushing for the reallocation of capital away from long-life, high carbon projects.
Website – www.greenpeace.org.uk
People and Planet
People and Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. As part of FMF’s support for the Divest Invest movement, we fund People and Planet’s Fossil Free campaign. The work supports grass-roots student activism to secure fossil fuel divestment by UK universities.
Website – www.peopleandplanet.org
Carbon Tracker Initiative
Carbon Tracker is an independent financial think tank that carries out in depth analysis of the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the potential impact on high cost, carbon intensive fossil fuels. It is responsible for cementing the terms “unburnable carbon”, “carbon bubble” and stranded assets” into the financial and environmental lexicon. FMF made unrestricted grants towards the organisation’s core costs.
Website – www.carbontracker.org
FMF supported Carbon Tracker in 2015 and 2016.
Total funds received £30,000
Centre for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation
Centre for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, now known as Civic Courage, was founded in 2012 in the US to foster citizen action. It does this through teaching strategies to organizations so that their members can create champions in governments and in the media for their causes. Its founder, Sam Daley Harris is also the founder of RESULTS, RESULTS Educational Fund and the Microcredit Summit Campaign with Muhammad Yunus. For some time, Fred hosted meetings of a RESULTS action group in his London home.
FMF supported CCET in 2015 and 2016.
Total funds received £50,000
Client Earth works to protect the environment through advocacy, litigation and research. FMF is supporting Client Earth’s climate litigation strategy of using company and financial law to improve corporate disclosure, enforce existing laws and engage tort law principles to impose compensatory liability on major polluters.
Website – www.clientearth.org
FMF supported Client Earth between 2013 and 2018.
Total funds received to date £200,000
Conservative Environment Network
CEN is an independent organisation which supports conservative environmentalism which it describes as favouring decentralised solutions to the environmental crisis that harness the free market. With a conservative government currently in power in the UK, the trustees felt this grant was prudent, however steps are being take to make a similar grant to an organisation working on socialist principles.
Website – www.cen.uk.com
FMF supported Conservative Environment Network from 2017 to 2018.
Total funds received to date £5,000
FMF has supported E3G’s Berlin office to conduct a scoping exercise in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia to better understand the legal and policy environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses as a first step towards the possible establishment of a regional agency dedicated to attracting inward investment.
Website – www.e3g.org
FMF supported E3G (Berlin) from 2016 to 2018
Total funds received to date £20,000
E3G seeks to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy by working with partners from across government, politics, civil society, science, the media, public interest foundations and elsewhere. FMF is supporting the organisation’s Heat and Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Programme which seeks to influence the government’s investment programme with the aim of de-carbonising the UK’s building stock by 2050.
Website – www.e3g.org
FMF supported E3G from 2014 to 2019
Total funds received to date £116,500
Fish Tracker Initiative
The Fish Tracker Initiative examined the role that financial institutions play in financing the trade in global fisheries, with the aim of aligning capital markets with sustainable fisheries management. FMF provided a one off grant to fund its Empty Nets report. Planet Tracker is now following up the requirement to align financial markets with a sustainable future in an array of contexts.
Website – https://planet-tracker.org/
FMF supported FTI from 2017 to 2018.
Total funds received to date £30,000
The Gaia Foundation promotes ecologically sustainable development. It is involved in a variety of research, educational, political and community activities, which address concerns such as sustainable use of natural resources, social and economic issues affecting the environment, and environmental impacts of human waste. Fred has known the organisation’s co-founder, Ed Posey OBE for many years and sponsored Gaia Foundation to pitch at a TFN event.
Website – www.gaiafoundation.org
FMF supported the Gaia Foundation in 2014 and 2015.
Total funds received £15,000.
National Union of Students (NUS)
NUS is a confederation of students’ unions in the UK to which around 600 students’ unions are affiliated. In partnership with People and Planet, NUS is campaigning for change to university and college investment practices which currently sees an estimated £600m invested in fossil fuel companies.
Website – www.nus.org.uk
FMF has supported NUS from 2017.
Total funds received to date £10,000
Share Action envisions an investment system which is a force for good. Specifically it seeks to unlock the potential of investments to have a positive impact on savers, communities and the environment and to reform the rules of the system to ensure it serves these interests over the long term. FMF has contributed to a multi-year match fund which is being used on an unrestricted basis towards the organisation’s core costs.
Website – www.shareaction.org
FMF supported Share Action between 2014 to 2019.
Total funds received to date £40,000
Solar Aid combats poverty and climate change by providing access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. FMF’s grant was to support the organisation’s growth, development and partnership capacity.
Website – www.solar-aid.org
FMF supported Solar Aid in 2014
Total funds received £10,000
War on Want
War on Want is a campaigning organisation which works to challenge the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice. FMF supported War on Want’s work to oppose the Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnership (TTIP), aims of which included destroying regulations which protected the environment and handing unfettered power to multinational corporations. The election of President Trump and the UK’s withdrawal from EU, while far from ending these threats, mean that a campaigning focus on TTIP specifically, was not a current priority.
Website – www.waronwant.org
FMF has supported War on Want in 2016.
Total funds received £20,000