Decarbonizing Our Future

Total CO₂ Saved (tons)

Planned for 2020

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. 

WE’RE ALREADY AT 1 DEGREE

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

Helping more SDSU student startups gain real experience

ZIP Launchpad, an incubator and entrepreneurial community at SDSU, just wrapped their first-year grant with BQuest.  The goal of The Aztec Cooperative Fund grant was to help a wider population of students access the benefits of being part of a ZIP Launchpad team.Students hiring studentsUsing the Aztec Cooperative Fund, student startup teams were able to hire other students for services such as marketing and graphic design.  Through these collaborations, startups… Read More »Helping more SDSU student startups gain real experience

The Center for Climate Integrity says carbon polluters (spoiler alert- it’s Exxon) should pay

New analysis, The Price Tag of Rising Seas, shows Americans the cost for seawalls in the next twenty years: over $4 BillionThe Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), a BQuest grantee, released a first of its kind analysis on the costs US coastal communities will face due to rising seas.  The analysis estimates the costs of sea walls and other mitigation tactics in the near-future and found that rising sea levels alone… Read More »The Center for Climate Integrity says carbon polluters (spoiler alert- it’s Exxon) should pay

Impact investing to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses for families faster

Mission Driven Finance’s Homebuilding Investment Fund is accepting new investors to their affordable housing impact investment.  The Fund is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to accelerate their family homebuilding efforts by allowing them to acquire and build home sites at a faster rate.  To date, the Fund has raised and already invested $1.4M with a goal of raising a total of $2M.  Construction is underway and some families have already… Read More »Impact investing to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses for families faster

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

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… Read More »They’ve got the chargers, now for the cars…

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