Embrace the New Reality

We help communities adapt, survive, and thrive in a changing climate.


Grantees and co-funders, in response to the pandemic crisis, we have removed all program restrictions on existing grants and prioritizing investments in pandemic response.

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Shockwave supports projects, initiatives and organizations that build a future where communities and ecosystems are resilient in the face of climate change. Through a mixture of grants and strategic investments, we support activities that focus on climate change adaptation and resiliency infrastructure. We prioritize projects that provide economic uplift in developing countries and provide seed funding at an early, pivotal stage. We incorporate in this work lenses on environmental justice, equity, and strive for community-first approaches.

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Recent News

Recent announcements

WASH: Pandemic and climate resiliency together

May 28, 2020

We have awarded a substantial number of our grants to organizations that implement clean water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

COVID-19 update

April 2, 2020

An open letter from our CEO to our grantee and co-funding partners.

Latest Partnerships

Our most recent investments and grants.

Catalyst 2030

$25,000 / September 2020

Investing in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they become engines of impact that transform rural communities.


$50,000 / August 2020

Partnering within Africa to provide technical, financial, and organization support to communities.

Global Development Incubator

$500,000 / June 2020

Advancing social impact by creating and expanding select ideas, organizations, and initiatives that address urgent global problems.

Navajo Power

$1,000,000 / June 2020

Developing clean energy projects on tribal lands with a lens to maximise the economic benefits for local communities.

The Rise Fund

$1,000,000 / June 2020

The Rise Fund invests in businesses that are changing our world, and supports the entrepreurs and visionaries building them every day.

Impact America Fund

$250,000 / June 2020

There is a future where people of color experience true agency and participation in the American economy.

The Way We Work

We use seed funding to initiate organizational momemtum.

We act as a convener, catalyst, and enabler.

We prioritize low-resource and high-impact solutions.

We focus our partnerships on those most affected by climate.

We operate globally.

We value patience and long-term relationships.

We support fairness and transparency.

We promote diverse viewpoints.

We prioritize listening and learning.