Decarbonizing Our Future

Total CO₂ Saved (tons)

Planned for 2021

4,454

KW Solar

30

Low interest EV Loans provided

$2.6M

Energy Savings to Nonprofits
Solar Power Plant in modern city in sunset,Sustainable Renewable Energy

Our Mission.

We're fighting the climate crisis by funding projects and partnering with organizations that reduce carbon emissions, expand the use of renewable energy, and advocate for the policy changes we need to transition to a carbon neutral future. 

Our Mission

We're fighting the climate crisis by funding projects and partnering with organizations that reduce carbon emissions, expand the use of renewable energy, and advocate for the policy changes we need to transition to a carbon neutral future. 

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HOW MUCH HOTTER IS UP TO US

Our Strategies.

1

Place-Based

We practice place-based granting and investing in San Diego and the broader southern California region for three reasons: Collaboration, Community, and Leadership

2

Impact Investing and Fossil Fuel Divestment

We believe that all assets of a foundation can be used in support of the mission.

3

Multiple Layers of Impact

We focus on multiple layers of impact, particularly with an emphasis on environmental equity, in order to make a bigger impact per dollar granted or invested.

3

Parallel Grantmaking

We practice a parallel grantmaking strategy, directly building projects that increase renewable energy and decrease emissions while also funding advocacy groups fighting for bigger, systemic changes.

BQuest News

They’ve got the chargers, now for the cars…

Electric Vehicle Fund Pilot ProgramBuilding on our partnership with The MAAC Project in San Diego, BQuest and MAAC are working on launching an Electric Vehicle (EV) fund pilot program to help interested low-income families and individuals purchase EVs and be able to access the financial and environmental benefits of EV ownership.Electric vehicles, on average, cost less than half as much to operate as gasoline-powered vehicles.  Not only do EVs save on fuel costs,… Read More »They’ve got the chargers, now for the cars…

Building electrification, coming soon to a city near you!

There are more than 70 million homes and businesses across the U.S. that burn fossil fuels for heating, hot water, and cooking.In many  cities, fossil fuel use in buildings can account for anywhere between 15% and 40% of total citywide GHG emissions, especially in the Northeast.  As the grid gets greener through the growing use of renewable energy, the next step is to decarbonize our homes and move away from gas heating and… Read More »Building electrification, coming soon to a city near you!

Juvenile justice is really about the kids

Overwhelming evidence shows that involvement in the juvenile justice system in and of itself produces negative outcomes for young peopleThe Children’s Initiative is changing the way San Diego’s children and youth grow and develop by sharing best practices with elected officials, influencers, and leaders.  BQuest’s multi-year grant focuses on supporting their work overhauling the way San Diego treats juvenile offenders.  The Children’s Initiative (CI) has made major strides in the last few… Read More »Juvenile justice is really about the kids

SunForAll Program Funds Over $4 Million of Solar Projects for San Diego Area Nonprofits

Now in its second round, the ​SunForAll Solar Fund​ has awarded funding to five additional nonprofit organizations for a combined $4,132,640 of solar projects in San Diego! How we help nonprofits SunForAll is a unique solar financing program for nonprofits created by CollectiveSun and lead investor BQuest Foundation. SunForAll makes going solar easy and affordable with an innovative financing structure consisting of a grant plus a Program Related Investment (PRI) in the form… Read More »SunForAll Program Funds Over $4 Million of Solar Projects for San Diego Area Nonprofits

Hacking for Climate

And now for something a little different in climate funding… BQuest is supporting a series of climate hackathons culminating in a data competition later this year with CDP, the global environmental disclosure non-profit. BQuest’s resident nerd, Andy, has a long and storied participation in hackathons, and helped spearhead this effort to hack for a cause! When you hear about a company’s reported carbon emissions, or investors focusing on corporate sustainability, it’s probably information that… Read More »Hacking for Climate

SunForAll, Open for Business

We’re very happy to announce that SunForAll, our solar financing program for nonprofits in partnership with Collective Sun, is officially open and accepting applications! Because of their tax status, nonprofits are not able to take advantage of tax breaks offered to for-profit organizations for installing solar panels on their buildings. Through a creative financing approach, SunForAll helps the nonprofit take advantage of solar tax incentives, and then using a combination… Read More »SunForAll, Open for Business

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