Environmental Funders Network

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) is a network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues.

The Environmental Funders Network’s mission is to increase the overall level of financial support for environmental causes and to help environmental philanthropy to be as effective as it can be. Towards these ends, we have three main strands of work:

  • Relationship building: networking members with each other and with effective environmental organisations. EFN hosts quarterly lunches and an annual two-day retreat for funders, and our members themselves host several other events for fellow funders throughout the year
  • Intelligence sharing: aggregating the collective intelligence of our members through our publications, events and our monthly newsletters to funders
  • Research: analysing the funding landscape to help funders give more effectively

Since EFN’s inception in 2003, trustees and staff members of over 170 different trusts, foundations and individual donors who support environmental work in the UK and abroad have participated in the network.

Contact us to find out about becoming a member, or learn more about our voluntary membership fee structure.


“It was a real leap in the dark for me to leave the business world and move into this sector. EFN was an effective and quick way for me to find my feet and gave me a real head start.”



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