Grants Program

Alternative Energy

Our dependence on non-renewable energy is placing us in serious jeopardy. Climate change, global warming and an increasingly degraded environment are realities we urgently need to address. Clean, sustainable sources of energy already exist. The challenges to increasing their use are more political than logistical. These organizations are working to bridge this gap.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $73,263


A growing number of scientists and activists are convinced that the way to protect our environment is through the preservation of entire ecosystems. While many groups we support are working on distinct pieces of the environmental puzzle, the groups listed in this section are working to fit those pieces together to protect large landscapes of vibrant biodiversity.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $1,682,554


An aerial view of the Maine Woods, Chilean forests or ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest reveals gruesome wastelands where once there were thriving forest ecosystems. Diverse forests have been replaced by tree plantations to be harvested rather than nurtured as living systems. We continue to clearcut our forests at a dizzying rate, seemingly oblivious to the economic and environmental reality that soon we will have no trees left to cut. The organizations that follow are working to stop the destruction of our forestlands before it is too late.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $226,490


Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $178,820

Resource Extraction

Most mines in the U.S. are established and operated under the grossly outdated regulations of the 1872 Mining Law. The groups that follow are working to revise that law, stop the growth of resource extraction operations, clean up pollution created by industry, and develop new sources of energy to replace the environmentally damaging ones upon which we currently depend.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $547,500

Social Activism

The battle to save our environment will never be won unless the public is informed and empowered to fight for a sustainable and just society. Until then, “Wise Use” groups will pursue their misinformation campaigns, and our environmental laws will continue to be threatened by short-sighted politicians and government officials who pander to special interests. We therefore support a wide variety of groups committed to bringing about long-term, ecologically conscious, social and political change by engaging citizens in environmental campaigns.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $406,328

Sustainable Agriculture

The environmental costs of chemical-intensive farming are no longer acceptable. Rampant pesticide use, soil depletion and genetic modification of crops threaten the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we depend on for food and habitat. Sustainable agriculture is a realistic and necessary alternative to those practices. The following groups are leading the fight – either through example or through education – to replace the self-defeating cycle of destructive agriculture with the natural and nurturing techniques of sustainable farming.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $271,374


One in four Americans lives within four miles of a Superfund site – uncontrolled or abandoned places containing some of the nation’s most toxic waste. Working to protect public health and the varied environments of local communities, the groups in this category seek to hold corporations and the government accountable. They work to clean up hazardous, nuclear and toxic waste, while supporting positive policy changes to reduce and eliminate their use.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $86,500


Water, the resource upon which all life depends, covers almost three-quarters of the planet . Throughout the history of the natural world, water sources have been the centers of life, providing habitat and sustenance for animals and plants alike. The groups that follow are doing important work to protect our waters – rivers, oceans, wetlands, aquifers and vernal pools – from the destructive effects of damming, diversion, development and pollution.

Total given in this category in fiscal year 2013: $1,257,738