Established in 2007 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, the McCall MacBain Foundation’s mission is to improve the welfare of humanity by providing scholarships and other educational opportunities that nurture transformational leadership, and by investing in evidence-based strategies to address climate change, preserve our natural environment, and improve health outcomes.
The Foundation believes that climate change is the single most pressing problem facing our planet and that we must all do our part to address it. John McCall MacBain was a founder and founding chair of the European Climate Foundation, which has pushed for ambitious climate action in Europe and globally. The Foundation aims in particular to amplify voices that can show how we might constructively achieve a low-carbon future, and ensure we do so with greater urgency.
The Clean Air Fund is the only philanthropic initiative which is exclusively dedicated to tackling air pollution around the world. We bring together funders, researchers, policy makers and campaigners to find and scale solutions that will provide clean air for all.
Since our inception in 2019, we have mobilised over $50m in clean air commitments and have plans to more than double this in the next four years to meet the scale of the challenge we currently face. Our funders include those who are leaders in supporting innovative, impactful approaches to climate change, health, early childhood development and equity.
We work in specific geographic regions where both the need and potential for impact on air pollution is greatest, and where we can draw out lessons relevant to others around the world. We currently work in India, the UK, Central, East and South East Europe, Africa and the USA.
The University of Birmingham is a global university producing world-leading research. It benefits from partnerships with a wide range of international institutions and hosts a large international community of researchers and students. With over 8,700 international students from approximately 150 countries, and 31% of academic staff from overseas, its campus is truly a diverse and global place which attracts the brightest and best international students and staff. It is part of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities in the UK and ranked in the top 20 in the UK and top 100 globally.
Birmingham is highly rated for student employability, and it is recognised as the most targeted university in the UK for graduates by leading employers. In the past two years nearly 100% of students successfully completing the MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control have found employment as air quality experts within environmental consultancies, industry or government departments.