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. 

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

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

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

Low-income renters in San Diego should also get to benefit from solar savings

Low-income households spend disproportionately more on energy than other householdsGRID Alternatives is seeking to draw down new state funding for solar on affordable, multifamily housing.  GRID is a leader in low-income solar, installing free solar systems on homes while providing job training in solar installation, among many other programs focused on bringing the benefits of renewable energy technology to lower income communities.  These communities stand to benefit the most from energy savings, but the cost… Read More »Low-income renters in San Diego should also get to benefit from solar savings

San Diego’s Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund crowdfunds business coaching for women

Only 1 in 23 loaned dollars go to womenThe Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund (WELF) is an impact investment opportunity to provide small business loans and financing to women-owned businesses in San Diego.  Systemic bias in our financial systems causes credit-worthy women-owned businesses to be overlooked by reputable banks or overcharged by predatory lenders, and women of color are affected most. WELF combines financing with expert business coaching to ensure recipients have… Read More »San Diego’s Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund crowdfunds business coaching for women

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