Mitigating climate change

An increasing threat

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to be cut drastically, and immediately. To stay below the 1.5°C threshold of the Paris Agreement, CO2 emissions must fall to (net) zero by 2050. We have already reached global warming of about 1.1°C since the beginning of industrialization.[1]

The World Bank estimates that climate change will push up to 100 million people back into poverty by 2030.[2] It is also expected to cause about 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).[3] The poorest countries will be hardest hit by the effects of climate change.

Donating works

Only 2% of all global philanthropic donations currently go towards mitigating climate change.[4] Yet they can make a big difference. Research from the Founders Pledge shows that supporting organizations that advocate for policy and technology change can have a far more effective impact than calling for behavior change or buying carbon offsets.

Every euro donated to the most promising climate charities reduces 15 to 30 times more emissions than traditional carbon offsets, according to current estimates.[5]

Your personal advice

Everyone who gives wants to make a difference. We want to help you make the biggest impact possible, in line with your ideas and values. Simply make an appointment for your personal advisory session.

Anne Schulze,
Founder & Managing Director

Your personal advice

Everyone who gives wants to make a difference. We want to help you make the biggest impact possible, in line with your ideas and values. Simply make an appointment for your personal advisory session.

Anne Schulze,
Founder & Managing Director

FAQs

How much should I donate?

How much you want to donate is of course ultimately your own personal decision, but perhaps you will find some inspiration in the articles "How much should I donate?" and "Why and how I donate.

Can I deduct my donation from my taxes?

Yes, you can make your donation in Germany and Switzerland tax deductible, even if the recommended organizations are based abroad. We will automatically send you a donation receipt for all your donations by e-mail at the end of February of the following year. You don't have to do anything else.

I don't want to donate online, can I also transfer the money?

You are also welcome to make a traditional bank transfer. Please use our donation form under "Payment method", select the "Bank transfer" tab, enter your details, which we need for the donation receipt, and register your donation. You will then receive an e-mail with our donation account and a reference that will enable us to allocate your donation correctly as soon as you have transferred the donation.

What are the fees? Will you forward 100% of my donation?

We process donations free of charge, i.e. we do not keep any of your donation for ourselves. However, credit card or PayPal fees are charged by the payment providers we work with. These depend on the selected payment method and are calculated as follows for Germany:

  • Bank transfer: Free of charge within the SEPA payment area
  • SEPA-direct debit: 0,35 €
  • Credit card: 1.2% + 0.25 € (for European cards)
  • PayPal: 1,5% + 0,35 €

Therefore  we recommend the "SEPA-direct debit payment" for donations of up to €10,0000. For security reasons, the only option currently available for amounts of €10,000 or more is  "Bank transfer"

Comparable fees would also be incurred for a direct donation to the respective organizations. We have already negotiated with all payment providers and obtained particularly favorable conditions for non-profit organizations.

We also finance ourselves through donations, but completely independently.

You can find out more  here.

How can I change or cancel my permanent donation?

If you want to increase or decrease the amount of your donation, simply contact us by e-mail at info@effektiv-spenden.org . We are also happy to change the organizations/ projects/funds to which you donate if you wish. Unfortunately, we cannot change payment methods of already existing donations. To do this, you will need to cancel your donation and then set it up again.

You can cancel your permanent donation at any time and without giving reasons. Simply send us an informal e-mail to info@effektiv-spenden.org or call us at +49 (0)30 / 260 355 19.

How do you cover your costs?

Effektiv Spenden is made possible by private sponsors. This support enables us to cover all administrative costs. This allows us to pass on your donation in full to our top organizations. Of course, we are also happy about your donation to us as a platform. You can find out more about our funding here.

Sources

[1] ↑ Klimawandel 2021 – Naturwissenschaftliche Grundlagen, Zusammenfassung für die politische Entscheidungsfindung. Beitrag von Arbeitsgruppe I zum Sechsten Sachstands­bericht des Zwischenstaatlichen Ausschusses für Klimaänderungen (IPCC). https://www.de-ipcc.de/media/content/AR6-WGI-SPM_deutsch_barrierefrei.pdf. 2021.

[2] ↑ Climate Change - Overview. World Bank. https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange/overview#1. Last updated April 2022.

[3] ↑ Climate change and health. World Health Organization WHO. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/climate-change-and-health. October 2021.

[4] ↑ Funding trends 2022: Climate change mitigation philanthropy. ClimateWorks Foundation. https://www.climateworks.org/report/funding-trends-2022/. 2022.

[5] ↑ Based on an average expected value of 1 tCO2e per donated 1 € (based on Founders Pledge (2021) "A guide to the changing landscape of high-impact climate philanthropy", p. 119) and a compensation price of € 23 per tCO2e at atmosfair.