Grantee Profile

Energy Foundation

Grants to Energy Foundation

  • $3,000,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    Climate Solutions

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — The Energy Foundation helps develop a new energy future by making the buildings, power, and transportation sectors more efficient, and by advancing effective policies that open markets for clean energy technology. The U.S. and China represent the largest and fastest growing economies, which together emit 45 percent of the planet’s total global warming emissions. In the United States, the Energy Foundation is actively pursuing a public engagement strategy to broaden support for clean energy policy across several states in the Midwest and Southeast by cultivating relationships with the business, faith, and conservative communities. In China, the organization’s fifteen-year effort to promote clean energy development has made it a trusted partner amongst an exceptional network of environmental non-governmental organizations and political decision-makers. As the Foundation considers what efforts to support domestically and abroad for its climate strategy, the award ensures that the Energy Foundation can provide timely and useful insight about trends to follow, organizations to partner with, and initiatives to support, particularly in China.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — The Energy Foundation works to build markets for energy efficiency and renewable power sources to increase the nation’s energy independence, spur economic activity, and reduce the carbon pollution that comes from conventional energy production. Older, affordable rental housing presents excellent opportunities for retrofits that could deliver projected energy savings reliably, and benefit low-income families, building owners and utilities. This grant funds a summit of national, regional, and state environmental and housing groups to craft an integrated strategy to reform utility-led energy efficiency programs for the affordable housing sector across multiple states.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years)

    Climate Solutions

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — To change the public perception in Ohio about clean energy investments.

  • $125,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — The Energy Foundation promotes a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many foundations now have programs focusing on building retrofits to improve their energy efficiency; several, including the MacArthur Foundation, have formed a coalition to leverage their respective resources and identify potential cooperative action. The Energy Foundation will use this grant for research and dissemination of key information about the challenges and opportunities of bringing energy efficiency to scale across the built environment, and identify ways for the coalition to pursue the growth of the U.S. retrofit market collaboratively and achieve significant energy savings in existing buildings.

  • $12,000,000

    2005 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $29,500,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of general operations (over six years).

  • $13,500,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of general operations (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Energy Foundation $58,825,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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