Design to Win: Philanthropy’s Role in the Fight Against Global Warming

This 2007 study explores how philanthropic donors can help turn the tide against global warming.

In 2007, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Energy Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, and the Oak Foundation came together to explore how philanthropy could have greater impact in the effort to mitigate dangerous climate change. Their findings were published as “Design to Win: Philanthropy’s Role in the Fight Against Global Warming.”

“Design to Win” sought to answer a critical question: What would it take to achieve a real “win” in the battle against climate change? The authors interviewed more than 150 of the world’s leading experts on energy, climate change, and forests to identify the top priorities for avoiding dangerous climate change. Using cost curves and other research, the “Design to Win” analysts ranked investments by their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their ability to prevent the “lock-in” of long-lived, carbon-intensive infrastructure.