We support three areas of climate change work: work which seeks to direct financial flows away from the problem (fossil fuels) and into the solutions (renewables and energy efficiency); work that supports policy change; and work which deals with natural climate solutions (rewilding and the reintroduction of the beaver).
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 those for current grantees, are shown in our annual accounts and can be downloaded here. Figures on this page are updated to March 2020.
The AIGAS beaver project is working with the Beaver Trust on the reintroduction of Beavers into UK rivers, lakes and landscapes. This rewilding venture can contribute significantly to the ability of natural systems to fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, through their ability to restore wetland habitats to our riverine landscapes. AIGAS has used the funding from FMF to construct light-weight beaver transporting crates and trail cameras to monitor and collect data from our reintroduction sites. This has greatly improved the way they transport and monitor these animals.
Website – www.aigas.co.uk/conservation/beavers/
FMF is supporting work by AITEC to oppose the Energy Charter Treaty, which allows corporations to sue governments for loss of profits from fossil fuel investments, if they adopt climate sensitive policies.
The Trust was established in 2019 to restore beavers in Britain to help build climate resilience and reverse the ecological crisis. Beaver Trust works through a network of organisations using a community-led approach to creating nature recovery networks, and using the beaver as a totem for reconnecting people with the rest of nature. FMF is supporting the team through the first year as they develop river restoration projects, communication, education and essential policy change including an international campaign ‘Beavers Without Borders’ and a new English Beaver Strategy with the Government and key stakeholders.
Website – https://beavertrust.org/
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
The Climate Coalition
The Climate Caolition say ‘We are the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Along with our sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, we are a group of over 140 organisations — including the National Trust, Women’s Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB — and 22 million voices strong. We are reaching across the UK to show our love for all the things we want to protect from climate change, and to ask politicians to put aside their differences and commit to doing whatever is necessary to protect them.’
Website – www.theclimatecoalition.org/
Compassionate Revolution works to prevent climate and ecological breakdown. FMF support has enabled them to further their work to educate and involve the public in support for government action against climate change.
Website – www.comprev.co.uk/
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
European Climate Foundation
ECF believe that climate change is a global emergency. The impact of human activity on greenhouse gas emissions and land use have compounded environmental harm and created an escalating crisis. The devastation to our planet and to humanity will be immense if we don’t move urgently to limit the damage. FMF are supporting ECF’s work to strengthen public engagement and campainging for governments to address the climate emergency.
Website – https://europeanclimate.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
Plan B (Earth)
Plan B has been established to support strategic legal action against climate change. By ensuring those responsible for greenhouse gas emissions bear the costs of loss and damage, it will increase the incentives for investment in clean technologies, harnessing market forces towards a better future for us all.
Website – https://planb.earth/
Rewilding Britain is pioneering charity championing the rewilding movement across Britain as part of the urgent, bold action needed to tackle the climate crisis and the catastrophic collapse of biodiversity. Working through networks and collaborative initiatives, it influences others to take action for the large-scale restoration of nature to the point where it can take care of itself. FMF is providing £20,000 over the next two years to support its work to expand, enhance and connect rewilding and nature-friendly land and marine uses across Britain. This includes helping to launch The Rewilding Network, a support mechanism to upscale and increase the connectivity of rewilding in practice across Britain
Website – https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/
Ten Years’ Time
Ten years’ time helps ambitious philanthropists become experts in the fields they care about and take big bets on new ideas that can change the world. FMF has been supporting TYT to grow its expertise on climate change mitigation in China, and seeking to encourage significantly greater UK charitable giving to address the climate change crisis.
Website – https://tenyearstime.com/
UK100 is the only network for UK local authorities, urban, suburban and rural, focused on climate and clean energy policy. It connects local leaders to each other, to business and to national government, enabling them to showcase their achievements, learn from each other and speak collectively to accelerate the transition to clean energy. UK100 works closely with elected representatives, policy experts and grassroots campaigners to make the clean energy transition a reality.
Website – www.uk100.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
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
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
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
SERA is Labour’s environment campaign. FMF has funded SERA as part of our efforts to achieve policy change that reflects the climate emergency that we face.
Website – www.sera.org.uk/
FMF supported SERA from 2018 to 2019.
Total funds received to date £6,000
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