A December 2005 workshop on climate change issues gathered participants from across sectors to discuss actions and challenges facing the Midwest region of the United States. Co-sponsored by the British Consulate in Chicago and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and supported by a grant from the Joyce Foundation, the workshop discussions identified short-, medium-, and long-term actions that could be pursued regionally.
In 2006, Global Philanthropy Partnership was awarded a planning grant from the Energy Foundation to follow up on the workshop dialogue, gather data and resources, and issue a report on potential next steps, which was published in April 2007.
Global Philanthropy Partnership is working on behalf of the City of Chicago and with numerous partners to coordinate the city’s adaptation and mitigation strategies regarding climate change. In September 2008, the City launched the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Details of the plan can be found at www.chicagoclimateaction.org/.
More recently, GPP serves as fiscal sponsor to the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA). GPP also serves as fiscal sponsor to FARM Illinois, or the Illinois Council for Food and Agriculture. GPP has previously served as fiscal sponsor to STAR Communities.
Museum of Biodiversity:
In cooperation with the Fundaciòn Amador, Global Philanthropy Partnership worked to design conservation and educational programs for the Frank Gehry-designed Panama: Bridge of Life – Museum of Biodiversity.
Local Giving, Global Impact:
Supported by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, Global Philanthropy Partnership is created a database of Chicago-based organizations involved in global non-profit work. Sorted by geography and area of focus, this searchable database linked Chicago area donors and donor advisors to local groups that share similar international interests and goals. The list also enabled groups to connect with each other and find synergies to promote their important work. GPP is currently working on a follow up project, the Chicago Global Action Network, to better link the local/global community. Stay tuned for details!
Bhutan Youth Development Fund:
Global Philanthropy Partnership has provided staffing resources to support the Youth Development Fund in Bhutan.