Behavior change & climate philanthropy training series

Welcome! Rare and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations welcome you to a capacity-building and networking series on behavior change and climate philanthropy. Over the next six months, we are offering opportunities to gain new knowledge, tools, and connections on these important topics. You may attend one or several of the offerings listed below, and all workshops are virtual and free of charge. Please register for each session individually. If you have any questions, contact our team at


  • Know the steps of Behavior-Centered Design and define the six levers of behavior change that can strengthen your grantmaking and grantees’ climate solutions
  • Describe how behavior change principles and practices can improve philanthropic efforts in addressing climate change
  • Explain how systems thinking principles can help us frame climate challenges
  • Identify what a successful behavior change program looks like through real-world, climate case studies
  • Understand how to measure behavior change programs through indicators and a theory of change
  • Connect with other funders about using behavior change principles in their climate programs

Virtual workshop sessions:


Wednesday, December 7

10:00-11:30am ET: Behavior-Centered Design & climate philanthropy

Covers an overview of Behavior-Centered Design, the six levers of behavior change and real-world case studies of behavior change programs in climate programming.

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2:00-3:30pm ET: Framing the challenge: Systems thinking & behavior change

Includes an overview of the Frame step of Behavior-Centered Design, which involves mapping out the actors, behaviors, and context of an environmental challenge. Participants will practice creating a stakeholder-actor map and problem-behavior-actor map and leave with resources to share with grantees.

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Thursday, December 8

10:00-11:30am ET: Evaluating behavior change programs

Discusses what to look for in a programmatic theory of change that incorporates behavior change principles and indicators. Participants will also practice constructing and providing feedback on a theory of change to gain hands-on experience with this process.

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2:00-3:00pm ET: Making the case for behavior change

Provides tips for making a compelling case about behavior change to others in your foundation or funding organization. This session includes time for participants to develop their own brief pitch on why behavior change is important to philanthropy.

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Coming soon! 2023 Funders’ Roundtable: Integrating Behavioral Insights into Climate Philanthropy

Spring 2023

Join us in-person to share opportunities and challenges with other funders about incorporating behavior change principles and practices into grantmaking.

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What funders are saying:

“I strongly believe that philanthropic funders are a key point of leverage for influencing whether or not grantees will adopt and apply social and behavioral science tools.”

– Adviser to Knobloch Family Foundation

“I think behavior change principles and narrative building efforts are critical to enacting successful climate solutions – particularly among those in power i.e., policymakers, funders, etc.”

– Victoria Gonzalez, ClimateWorks

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