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.

Land Is Life

$20,000 / June 2020

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

The Ihangane Project

$5,000 / April 2020

Promoting community-driven solutions to strengthen national health systems.

The Philanthropy Workshop

$50,000 / April 2020

Drive social impact by mobilizing a global network of strategic investors bound together by their commitment to excellence, collective action and entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s most urgent issues.

Root Capital

$100,000 / March 2020

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

Pacific Institute

$30,000 / February 2020

Creating and advancing solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.


$2,500 / December 2019

Developing disaster response infrastructure for underrepresented communities.

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.