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• Confluence Philanthropy Supports White House Clean Energy Initiative with Launch of Climate Solutions Collaborative

June 16 2015
June 16 2015


Confluence Philanthropy & CREO Syndicate

Confluence Philanthropy is proud to have collaborated with the White House and the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University in kicking off their Clean Energy Summit on June 16th. The White House Department of Energy recently announced its Clean Energy Investment Initiative, with the goal of mobilizing $2 billion in philanthropic investment toward clean energy solutions and sustainable growth. The Initiative exceeded the effort - raising $4 billion in commitments in the form of grants, PRI¹s, and investments. Leading this effort, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched The Clean Energy Impact Investment Center, which will identify world-class experts, technologies and programs to scale up clean energy from R&D all the way through growth. Confluence looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the Impact Investment Center and related offices.

In conjunction with the Summit, Confluence Philanthropy and CREO Syndicate formed to a new partnership called The Climate Solutions Collaborative (C2C). The goal is to accelerate investment in climate solutions from within family offices and foundations.  Transitioning to a clean energy economy requires a big push in funding and coordination across the energy landscape, from R&D and business growth to smart planning. This not only requires funding but also expert coordination and collaboration. The new program will be formed over the course of 2015, and will focus on building knowledge and providing more structured access to the expertise, capital and resources that private asset owners need in order invest in coherent climate solutions strategy. C2C will bring together the combined force of Confluence Philanthropy and CREO Syndicate memberships ‹ representing more than $150 billion of investable capital ­ and provide them with the tools and support needed to synthesize and execute a climate strategy. The goal of this commitment is to accelerate investments that mitigate climate change amongst our respective memberships by at least 20% by 2020 from their 2014 levels.

Confluence Philanthropy organized a delegation of impact investors and donors representing $3.2 billion from its direct membership, including $1.2 billion in foundation assets, to attend the Clean Energy Summit on June 16th. We appreciate the participation of those that made the journey to Washington DC to join us, and those that signed on. We would especially like to acknowledge those members that were able to support this auspicious event:


  • Big Path Capital
  • The Bullitt Foundation
  • CAPROCK Group
  • Compton Foundation
  • Edwards Mother Earth Foundation
  • Encourage Capital
  • GSV Sustainability Partners
  • Swift Foundation
  • Nia Community Fund
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • The Sierra Club Foundation
  • Trillium Asset Management


Please follow this link for the official White House Fact Sheet:

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces More Than $4 Billion in Private Sector Commitments and Executive Actions to Scale up Investment in Clean Energy Innovation

The CREO Syndicate is a private, not-for-profit network of qualified family offices, private investors and advisors focused on collaboratively developing and investing in the global environmental marketplace.



What's Next?

Upcoming Learning Events to Accelerate Climate Solutions

Webinar: Greening Your Portfolio: Understanding the Opportunities & Risks of Green Bonds
July 1, 2015, 10:00-11:30 AM PST/ 1:00-2:30 PM EST/ 6:00-7:30 PM GMT
Join Confluence for a webinar conversation about U.S.-based and international green bonds, why a foundation might want them in their portfolio, and what contentious issues remain.

Webinar: Know Your Oil: Introducing a New Oil-Climate Index
July 21, 2015, 9:00-10:30 AM PST/ 12:00-1:30 PM EST/ 5:00-6:30 PM GMT
Join us for a webinar conversation and learn about how the first-of-its kind Oil-Climate Index will influence how consumers, investors, industries, NGOs, and policymakers approach current and future oil production, refining, and consumption. 

Climate Week 2015: New York City, NY
September 21-27, 2015

Confluence Philanthropy and C2C will be at Climate Week in New York City. Please let us know if you would like to organize an event or meet-up! 

COP21: Paris
November 30th to December 11th. 2015

Join Confluence and C2C at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. Confluence will be organizing a delegation of Members to attend COP21 discussions and events.


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