In 2006, the partners of investment advisor, ADM Capital, established the Foundation (ADFMCF) recognising the need for innovative and replicable models of funding for impact. To achieve this, the foundation works to foster sustainable growth in local partners with core grants rather than simply back short-term projects. ADMCF also provides an organisation not only with funding but also specific and relevant organisational support.
ADMCF sees all of their programmes as inter-related and work towards “unsiloing” how they may approach environmental challenges, from the mountains to the oceans. The team believes that it is impossible to think only of air or water pollution, about protecting our forests, our oceans and their biodiversity, without considering also the development challenges we face in Asia. We must consider the trade-offs involved in balancing sustainable growth and conservation, as well as how to finance the change that needs to happen.
Fundamentally, the challenges we face lead us to the biggest of our time: climate change and it is only by redefining risk for businesses, indeed by taking risk ourselves, by disrupting current models of philanthropy and pushing for business unusual that we will have a chance of tackling this monumental, existential threat.