Influence Summary: The Energy for Growth Hub is on Vox’s list of “the 11 most high-impact, cost-effective, and evidence-based organizations” working to fight climate change. The list spotlights organizations doing “especially promising” work where progress is possible right now and smaller donors can make a big difference. It draws on research from Founders Pledge, which helps guide entrepreneurs’ charitable giving and climate charity evaluator Giving Green. Vox reporters Sigal Samuel and Rachel DuRose call us “a leader in the clean energy space” and highlight our goal to end energy poverty.
We include the list among our top influence stories because it indicates journalists and donors are using our work to influence their peers to support small-but-mighty organizations. It’s also a sign that our niche approach of using targeted research, data, and advocacy to influence climate and energy policies is gaining new audiences.
What It Says
Vox reporters Sigal Samuel and Rachel DuRose say:
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Why It Matters (and Why We Consider it Influence)
We’re, of course, elated that our work is mentioned among the most “high-impact, cost effective, evidence-based organizations” where donors’ money is likely to have “an exceptionally positive impact.” We’re especially pleased the list spotlights things we care deeply about: evidence over ideology, useful insights for policymakers and investors, and pragmatic new ideas for big impact. And we’re honored to be included alongside allies like the Clean Air Task Force, Project InnerSpace, and the Good Energy Collective.
What matters even more:
- New audiences are making the case that good climate outcomes require ending energy poverty. Climate justice is not just about everyone doing their fair share to reduce emissions. It’s also about every person on the planet having the abundant energy they need to thrive in a climate-resilient world. This can be a tough sell, but the Vox recognition hints that we’re starting to break through.
- Policy change is messy but, when done well, it can be high-impact. It’s not always easy to explain how nonpartisan think tanks like the Hub contribute to tangible change in the world. We have our own method to show influence and impact on policy. Vox’s list helps make the case that investing in a range of organizations with different skills and strengths (research, advocacy, new technology, and more) is how to make progress against wicked global problems.
- Journalists and philanthropy advisors are using our approach to shape other donors’ decisions about what to fund and why. Vox’s list was informed by research from Founders Pledge, which helps guide entrepreneurs’ charitable giving, and from the climate charity evaluator Giving Green. It’s written to help donors (especially individual donors and newer philanthropic organizations) identify less-well-known, high-impact organizations where their giving can make a big difference.
Bottom line influence → Our work is shaping a conversation in the media and among donors about what to fund and why if you care about global progress on climate change.
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