Recognizing that the earth is in a climate crisis, The Lia Fund looked for innovative, groundbreaking approaches for how to deal with climate change, especially initiatives that could be catalysts for others and could be replicated locally and globally. These included public education, media work, scientific research, strategy meetings, equipment purchase, and policy development.

With our orientation to the natural world, the foundation looked seriously at new ideas, and was often the first to fund research into a new strategy. We actively sought initiatives by groups that were underrepresented in the climate debate, including people of color, indigenous peoples, and young people.

Grants were made to small and large organizations for specific projects, and included research and development of carbon sequestration technology; international campaigns to end illegal logging; development of stringent green building codes; activities around the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen; public education about policy, especially Cap and Dividend; innovative media; and strategies for community resiliency.