Big Green, Inc. is a project of the Institute for Energy Research that demonstrates money’s influence on energy policy in the United States. The map highlights a group of foundations that spend billions of dollars supporting aggressive climate litigation, the promotion of uneconomic renewable energy sources, and overburdening regulations. This money has helped foment the anti-market sentiment that dominates energy policy in the United States and has played a major role in limiting economic growth in recent years.

The map allows users to track the sources of this funding across a variety of dimensions and to identify the issue areas for which these organizations are receiving money. The map will continue to be updated with new data and new organizations as more recent tax data becomes available.

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The data for this project was collected from publicly available federal 990 tax returns.

The grants listed in the database are organized in the following categories based on the description provided on the entity’s tax return forms:

  1.    Coal
  2.    Fracking
  3.    Oil and gas
  4.    Climate change
  5.    Water
  6.    Transportation
  7.    Regulations
  8.    General operations
  9.    Public engagement
  10.    Political activism
  11.    Renewables
  12.    Conservation
  13.    Miscellaneous

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Related & Donor Organizations

  • The Bloomberg Family Foundation
  • Energy Foundation
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • NextGen Climate America Inc.
  • Park Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Sea Change Foundation
  • Sustainable Markets Foundation
  • The Schmidt Family Foundation
  • Tides Foundation
  • TomKat Charitable Trust
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation
  • William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Wyss Foundation
  • “The Bloomberg Family Foundation has spent more than $100 million on climate initiatives that seek “strong, measurable, and local action on climate change.”

    In this vein, in 2015, Bloomberg and his allies committed $110 million to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, which according to Politico cemented his role as the loudest and wealthiest foe of the coal industry. Bloomberg’s donations accelerated and amplified the Sierra Club’s goal of closing half the nation’s coal-fired power plants by 2017 and replacing them with energy sources like wind and solar.

    In 2017, after President Donald Trump announced the United States would pull out of the Paris Climate Accords, Bloomberg Philanthropies funded and partnered with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to keep the United States on track to abide by the international agreement.”

     

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. Focusing on five key areas: arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health.”

    Location: New York, New York

    Years active: 2006 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2016): $7,845,281,619

     

    Grant purposes

    • To develop a low carbon best practices report
    • To encourage the use of clean energy and the reduction of coal dependency in the US
    • To support the UN secretary-general’s climate change work
    • To support cities in tackling climate change
    • To support the climate leaders’ summit in LA
    • To develop content for climate exchange
    • To help governments, businesses and society make better informed decisions on economic development and climate change
    • To support the new climate economy initiative
    • To Address Environmental and Climate Change Issues
    • For the Coordination and Expansion of the Beyond Coal Campaign
    • To Reduce Carbon Emissions from Coal Burning Power Plants in the Southern Region of the U.S
    • To encourage the use of clean energy and reduce coal dependency in the US
  • Energy Foundation

    The Energy Foundation is a pass-through charitable foundation that directs money from a network of left-of-center organizations to groups promoting a “new energy economy.” As a grant making organization, the Energy Foundation has directed money toward a number of anti-fossil fuel groups as well as groups that support burdensome regulation and corporate subsidies for renewable energy. In 2015, the Energy Foundation was involved in a scandal that led to the resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

    Overview
    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Energy Foundation’s mission is to promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

    Location: San Francisco, California
    Years active: 1991 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $69,727,023

    Grant Purposes

    ● For a climate summit for US governors and provincial and state delegates from
    the European Union, China, and India
    ● For a communications program to promote renewable energy policy
    ● For appropriate renewable energy development and transmission siting on federal lands in the West
    ● For California regulatory implementation
    ● For clean vehicles and fuels policies
    ● To limit greenhouse gas emissions and other externalities from natural gas
    extraction, distribution, and use
    ● To organize activists concerned over the impacts of natural gas extraction on
    communities and the development of clean energy
    ● To oppose new coal-fired power plants in Michigan
    ● To oppose new coal-fired power plants in Texas
    ● To oppose new coal-fired power plants in the Intermountain West, challenge
    federal funding of coal plants, and secure stronger federal standards for coal-fired
    power plants
    ● To oppose new conventional coal-fired power plants in Georgia
    ● To oppose new conventional coal-fired power plants in Arkansas
    ● To oppose the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Kentucky
    ● To promote solar power and other renewable energy in Texas

  • The Heinz Endowments is a regional environmental foundation focused mainly on issues in the city of Pittsburgh and the state of Pennsylvania. It was created in 1993 when the Howard Heinz Endowment founded in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment founded in 1986 were combined into one organization. It’s environmental grants center on regulating and discouraging coal and natural gas production. It also gives money to political and public engagement campaigns targeting coal, natural gas, and other energy resources. They also engage in various projects relating to air and water regulations.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Heinz Endowments seeks to help our region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges. We are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we concentrate on advancing a sustainable future for our community and planet, successful learning outcomes for young people and their families, and a culture of engaged creativity for all our citizens.”

    Location: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    Years active: 1993 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2016): $1,155,639,993

    Grant purposes

    • To protect water resources and ecosystems from coal impacts
    • To support air quality education and outreach in shale impacted communities
    • To support environmental health and environmental justice work
    • To support communities and ecosystems impacted by coal and shale gas development in western Pennsylvania
    • To assist communities in energy transition in the region
    • To recognize and communicate work of communities transitioning to renewable energy and sustainable living
    • To work on federal regulations requiring significant reductions in power plant CO2 emissions
    • To improve policies on Marcellus Shale gas extraction to protect public health and the environment
    • For empowering communities to safeguard against the risks of hydraulic fracturing
    • For polling and message testing related to shale gas impacts
    • For operating support with focus on longwall coal mining work
    • For detailed regional analysis of future energy sector scenarios, and efforts to secure stringent federal coal-fired power plant emission regulations
  • The Kresge Foundation funds many environmentalist initiatives ranging from small localized organizations to some of the largest organizations in the country such as the Tides Foundation. Notably, the Kresge Foundation supports the Island Press Urban Resilience Project, an organization that supports the radical Green New Deal plan and a large number of Michigan-based organizations that promote radical legislative change regarding environmentalism.”

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “We help cities implement comprehensive climate-resilience approaches grounded in equity.”

    Location: Troy, Michigan

    Years active: 1924 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2016): $3,505,106,776

    Grant purposes

    • To pilot an online platform to provide community leaders with scientific and technical advice to address climate resilience challenges
    • For increasing the adoption and benefit of solar power in low-income, urban neighborhoods
    • To develop Detroit’s first climate action plan and to translate this information into actionable mitigation and adaptation strategies.
    • To support Moving Forward Network’s mission of ending diesel emissions in port communities
    • Fostering more equitable climate change resilience strategies.
    • Embed a comprehensive approach to climate resilience into the operation of the health care sector
    • Catalyzing private investment in the energy efficiency of existing buildings in cities across the U.S. as a climate resilience measure.
    • To align community development and urban sustainability to build wealth, equity, and climate resilience
    • To advance and accelerate urban climate and sustainability solutions in U.S. cities and metro regions
    • To reduce rail yard and diesel truck generated pollution on low-income populations.
    • For project, Securing Sustainable Water Resources in an Era of Climate Change
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is the 12th-largest private foundation in the United States. Established in 1970, the foundation inherited 92% of the estate of billionaire businessman John D. Macarthur in 1978 and, following a brief power struggle, took a sharp by left-wing turn under the control of John D.’s son, J. Roderick Macarthur. Currently led by Julia Stasch, the organization is a prominent donor in the areas of international affairs, disarmament, environmentalist policy, population control, and housing reform.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

    MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.”

    Location: Chicago, Illinois

    Years active: 1970 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $6,196,280,734

    Grant purposes: 

    • Research grants to climate scientists
    • Promote carbon pricing
    • Support National Climate Initiative
    • Sustain federal environmental protections
    • Support of decarbonizing the U.S. energy system
    • Beyond Coal Campaign
    • Change public perception of clean energy investments

    Secure energy efficiency resources from the utility industry

  • NextGen Climate America Inc.

    NextGen Climate America is a nonprofit environmentalist organization founded by billionaire Tom Steyer. In conjunction with NextGen Climate Action, a 501(c)(4) organization, NextGen Climate America promotes climate alarmism. The organization has also played a key role in the development of the costly clean car standards.

    Overview

     Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The mission of NextGen Climate America (“america”) is to establish policies to prevent climate disaster and enable american prosperity. The organization educates the public on issues affecting the environment.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years active: 2013 – present

    Funding

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $618,003

    Between 2013 and 2015, NextGen Climate America received $6,647,763 in gifts, grants, contributions, and membership fees:

    • 2013 – $100
    • 2014 – $2,877,650
    • 2015 – $3,770,013

    Projects (From website) 

    Climate:

    “We all need clean air to breathe, a fair and prosperous economy, and a safe and secure nation. But climate change and the pollution that causes it threaten all of that and more, putting the health and well-being of all Americans at risk —and hitting hardest those who can least afford it, exacerbating racial, gender, and class inequality. We’re standing up to corporate polluters who put their profits before people, poison our air and water, and hold our economy back. Transitioning to clean energy will prevent damage to our climate, ensure our kids have clean air and water, and create millions of good-paying jobs.

    Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, inextricably linked to our health, prosperity, and equality. Preventing climate disaster is at the heart of NextGen America’s mission.”

    Founder Tom Steyer

    Several media outlets have reported on Tom Steyer’s political donations and the influence his money has on shaping energy policy:

    Eco-Billionaire Gave $500K To Oakland Mayor’s Pet Project Shortly Before Climate Lawsuit

    Arizona Bill Pushes Back Against Tom Steyer-led Ballot Question

    Secret Memo Reveals Tom Steyer May Be Behind #ExxonKnew Climate Lawsuits

    Tom Steyer will plow $30 million into midterms, but won’t run for office in 2018

    Anti-Trump Billionaire Linked To Lawsuits Against Oil Companies

    Tom Steyer’s Very Good Week

  • Park Foundation

    The Park Foundation is a pass-through charitable foundation led by Adelaide Park Gomer, the heiress of the Duncan Hines and Park Communications fortunes. The organization has played a prominent role in funding anti-natural gas projects and initiatives across the United States, including the documentary film Gasland. The Park Foundation has been particularly involved in funding groups working to secure bans on various forms of gas drilling in the Northeast United States.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Park Foundation was formed in 1966. Its original focus was on education and grant-making in communities where Park Communications had interests. When he died in 1993, Mr. Park bequeathed more than 70 percent of his holdings to the Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the aid and support of education, public broadcasting, environment, and other selected areas of interest to the Park family.”

    Location: Ithaca, New York

    Years active: 1966 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $385,840,519

    Grant purposes

    • For The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer with a focus on coverage of environmental,
      democracy, election and media issues
    • For environmental protection of Southeastern natural resources
    • For environmental reporting
    • For weekly column, Earth Talk: Questions and Answers About Our Environment
    • For activities related to Marcellus Shale
    • For Capitol News Connection localized environmental reporting and Ask Your
      Lawmaker Interactive Web Module
    • For Oil and Gas Accountability Project – Marcellus Shale
    • For projects, completion of documentary film, Dirty Business – The Selling of
      Clean Coal, and investigation into cap and trade system and global carbon
      commodity markets
    • For the Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration by Mother Jones, Slate, The
      Atlantic, Wired, Grist, the Center for Investigative Reporting and Need to Know
  • John D. Rockefeller along with his son John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his advisor Frederick Taylor Gates established the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913.  In recent years, the organization has been at the forefront of climate change activism.

    Overview
    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission—unchanged since 1913—is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today the Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations.

    Location: New York, New York

    Years active: 1913 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $ 4,161,171,221

  • Sea Change Foundation

    The Sea Change Foundation is a private foundation established by Nathaniel Simons, the billionaire son of Renaissance Technologies co-founder James Simons.The organization funds a number of anti-fossil fuel groups as well as many others that promote climate change research and corporate subsidies for renewable energy. The Sea Change Foundation has been criticized for receiving millions of dollars worth of funding from Klein Ltd., a Bermuda-based company with significant financial connections to Russian oil interests.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Founded in 2006 by Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons as a private family foundation, Sea Change Foundation is dedicated to achieving meaningful social impact through leveraged philanthropy that addresses the most pressing problems facing the world today. The Foundation is currently working to address the serious threats posed by global climate change and primarily focuses on climate change mitigation and clean energy policy in the United States and internationally.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years active: 2007 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $176,292,676

    Grant purposes: 
    ● For environmental policy research
    ● To advance energy efficiency and renewable energy programs
    ● For promoting strong global climate actions
    ● To promote energy efficiency codes, standards and programs
    ● To expand renewable energy adoption and support green transmission
    ● To promote awareness of climate change and reduce reliance on high carbon
    energy
    ● Mitigate climate change
    ● To educate public about climate and clean energy
    ● To promote clean energy
    ● To reduce reliance on high carbon energy
    ● To raise awareness about climate and clean energy
    ● For Clean Energy Forum conference
    ● To engage businesses in supporting climate mitigation actions
    ● To reduce reliance on energy production from coal power plants
    ● For climate change reporting

  • Sustainable Markets Foundation

    The Sustainable Markets Foundation is a left-of-center environmentalist organization that funds aggressive environmental litigation as well as initiatives to ban natural gas production and natural resource exploration. The organization serves as a pass-through organization, directing money from other charitable foundations (Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tides Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Climate works Foundation) to environmental nonprofits like 350.org and Frack Action.

    Overview

    Tax Status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The mission of the organization is to promote environmental protection, energy efficiency, consumer protection, health and safety, and good
    government.”

    Location: New York, New York

    Years active: 2001 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $4,257,554

    Grant purposes: 
    ● Environmental Preservation
    ● Climate Change
    ● Fossil Fuel
    ● Environmental Media
    ● Recycling
    ● Environmental Protection Program
    ● Media Projects
    ● Greenpeace Fund
    ● International Humanities Center
    ● New Energy Economy

  • The Schmidt Family Foundation

    The Schmidt Family Foundation is a grant making organization founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy Schmidt. The organization plays a key role in funding various media projects that have criticized natural gas development in the United States.

    Overview

    Tax Status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Schmidt Family Foundation, established by Wendy and Eric Schmidt in 2006, brings philanthropic resources to some of this century’s greatest challenges across the globe. Applying new knowledge and innovation is our model for problem solving and for advancing original research in science, energy and the sustainability of the world’s biosphere.”

    Location: Palo Alto, California

    Years active: 2006 – present

    Total Assets (end of year 2015) $368,589,456

    Grant purposes:
    ● For grant made through Greenpeace Fund
    ● To support U.S. Climate Change Target Audiences Project
    ● To act as fiscal sponsor for Tar Sands Project to support efforts to reduce supply of high- carbon tar sands fuels in Canada and minimize environmental degradation associated with tar sands mining
    ● To develop infrastructure and other startup support related to launch of clean technology/green business advocacy organization
    ● For general operating support to launch new group of scientists and communicators to develop honest, nonpartisan and up-to- date information to help people make sound decisions about climate and energy
    ● Toward Planet Forward project’s PBS programming, as well as web outreach
    ● For Green Design Lab Program
    ● To distribute film, Gasland
    ● Supporting state renewable energy standards
    ● Raising awareness around environmental impacts of fossil fuels
    ● Climate justice
    ● Raising awareness around environmental impacts of fossil fuels
    ● To support raising environmental and health risk awareness surrounding fracking in CA

  • The Tides Foundation is a progressive 501(c)(3) donor-advised fund provider that was named after a San Francisco Bay Area left-of-center independent bookstore. Individuals and organizations can give money to the Tides Foundation, which, for an 8 percent fee, then directs that money to another organization or cause that the donor or the board of the Tides Foundation chooses. Founded in 1976 by political activist Drummond Pike just north of San Francisco in Sausalito, California, the Tides Foundation collects tens of millions of dollars per year which it uses to, among other things, fund grants, sponsor new ventures and organizations, and provide workspace for other organizations. In 1996, the Tides Foundation formally incorporated the Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) created to incubate new groups.

    The Tides Foundation’s financial practices have led others to characterize the organization as a “pass through” organization, allowing contributors (to Tides) to obscure the direction of funds to other left-wing organizations.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Tides’ vision of a world of shared prosperity and social justice is founded on equality and human rights; a sustainable environment; healthy individuals and communities; and quality education. We work at the nexus of funders, changemakers and policy, bringing together a large and diverse coalition of mission aligned actors to amplify our power to scale positive impact…

    To date, Tides has managed more than $3 billion in grantmaking and project-based activities, sponsored over 1400 nonprofit projects, and helped launch leading organizations like Environmental Working Group, the Story of Stuff, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, and Social Venture Network. Alongside our global partners, we accelerate the path to social change, crafting bold solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.”

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Years active: 1976 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $187,041,085

  • TomKat Charitable Trust

    The TomKat Charitable Trust is a private foundation funded by billionaire Thomas F. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager at Farallon Capital Management, and his wife Kathryn Taylor. The organization has been a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and has made significant donations to political organizations such as the Center for American Progress.

    Overview
    Tax Exempt Status: 501(c)3

    Organization description (TomKat Foundation): “The TomKat Foundation creates and
    partners with innovative organizations that envision a world with climate stability, a
    healthy and just food system, and broad prosperity.”

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Years active: 2008 – present (organization is in the process of moving funds to the
    TomKat Foundation)

    Total assets (beginning of year 2015): $132,420,554

    Grant purposes

    • Beyond Fuel Campaign
    • Support zero carbon energy policy, natural gas and energy innovation
    • Establish the Yale Energy Science Institute
    • Sustainable Energy Sales Training
    • Create carbon pollution standards
    • NY climate action initiative
    • Mothers Out Front
    • Support for the Energy Policy Project
    • Climate progress report
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation

    The Wallace Genetic Foundation is a nonprofit organization named after Henry A. Wallace, the 33rd Vice President of the United States. Wallace was also the founder of the Progressive Party and served as its presidential nominee in 1948. The Wallace Genetic Foundation funds a variety of left-wing environmental groups.

    Overview

    Tax exempt 501(c)3

    Organization description: “Henry A. Wallace believed that “the greatest private pleasure comes from serving the general welfare of all.” In order to improve the quality of life for all people, he urged long-term conservation of the soil and of the environment, rather than exploitation of natural resources for temporary profits. The Wallace Genetic Foundation is particularly interested in far-sighted groups and individuals with innovative ideas, and seeks to fund organizations whose work promises to provide long-term national or global benefit.”

    Location: Washington, D.C.

    Years active: 1959 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $188,190,262

    Grant purposes
    ● For Campaign to Advance and Defend the Clean Air Act
    ● For climate policy advocacy work, NRDC’s community Fracking Defense Project and strengthening regulations for hydraulic fracking
    ● For coverage of environmental issues
    ● For Earth Focus, environmental news magazine featuring under-publicized stories on how changes to the Earth’s resources and climate are affecting people all over the world
    ● For environmental programming
    ● For Frontline documentary entitled Heat
    ● For general support for Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program
    ● For Safeguarding Health and the Environment from Fracking Threats
    ● For Screenscope’s film Extreme Realities, which explores links between climate change, extreme
    weather, and threats to our nation’s security
    ● For two weeks of NPR on-air sponsorship and increasing awareness-building
    ● For unsolicited grant toward work in promoting energies, curbing global warming, and most
    important, in continuing the fight to prevent construction of Keystone XL pipeline
    ● For work in Alaska and their comprehensive program to protect the nation’s public lands

  • William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

    The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation is a private foundation established by Hewlett-
    Packard co-founder William Redington Hewlett and his wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett. The Hewlett Foundation funds several anti-fossil fuel projects at public research universities and is one of the largest funders of the ClimateWorks Foundation.

    Overview
    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a
    better world. We have long-standing programs that focus on education, environment, global development and population, performing arts, and effective philanthropy, as well as support for disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, we make grants for special projects and address other timely problems, such as challenges related to cybersecurity and U.S. democracy.”

    Location: Menlo Park, California

    Years active: 1966 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $9,020,102,526

    Grant purposes
    ● The New Venture Fund Western Energy Project seeks to protect ecologically important public lands in the Rocky Mountain West that are threatened by fossil energy leasing and development. This renewal grant will support the project efforts to secure oil and gas leasing plans in four Western states, finalize a rule that captures at least 50 percent of fugitive methane emissions from existing and future sources, and ensure implementation of a West-wide plan to protect 36 million acres of critical sage grouse habitat from the impacts of energy development.
    ● Oil Change International is a research, communications, and advocacy organization working domestically and internationally to increase transparency and accountability of oil and related finance industries. This grant supports a consortium within Oil Change International including Natural Resources Defense Council, Overseas Development Institute, and Global Subsidies Initiative in a global campaign to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. Eliminating subsidies is a key element of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    ● The Methane Partners Campaign is a coalition of groups working to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas operations. Methane is a potent global warming pollutant. Oil and gas production and distribution are responsible for a third of all U.S. Methane emissions. The United States has pledged to reduce methane emissions 40-45 percent by 2025. The Methane Partners Campaign supports federal and state policies to achieve that goal.
    ● Energy Foundation mission is to promote the transition to a clean energy future in the United States. This grant will support the Transportation Program with its goal of reducing carbon emissions from vehicles and accelerating the transition to electric drive vehicles. The program main priority for 2017 is the defense of the federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for light-duty vehicles,
    adopted during the Obama administration, which not only reduce emissions, but also reduce costs for consumers. In addition, the grant will support efforts to develop utility, state, and local policies that encourage electric drive vehicle deployment.
    ● To reduce environmental impacts of oil and gas development in northern Canada
    ● For project to prevent oil shale development in Rocky Mountain West

  • William Penn Foundation

    The William Penn Foundation is a grant making foundation founded by Otto Haas and his wife Phoebe Waterman Haas. Otto Haas was the co-founder of Rohm and Haas, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals that was sold to Dow Chemical Company in 2009 for $15 billion. The organization directs most of its grant making into the state of Pennsylvania and has contributed significant funding to anti-natural gas initiatives in the state.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region.”

    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Years active: 1945 – present

    • Total assets (end of year 2015): $2,270,024,694

      Grant purposes:

      ● Toward education and outreach on oil and gas policy issues in Pennsylvania
      and the Delaware River Basin
      ● Public outreach and education campaign to inform Pennsylvanians on the
      benefits of a permanent state Conservation Trust Fund that would use
      revenue from oil and gas leases on state forestlands to fund watershed
      protection and outdoor recreation projects.
      ● Toward the development of a common, regional method for evaluating the
      cost/benefits of greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies
      ● Toward partnership with Center for Healthy Environments and Communities
      at University of Pittsburgh to increase transparency and community
      monitoring associated with Marcellus Shale natural gas development in
      eastern Pennsylvania
      ● Toward outreach, communications, and research on issues associated with
      hydraulic fracturing and shale natural gas extraction
      ● Toward research and dissemination on environmental impacts of drilling for
      natural gas in shale formations in Pennsylvania
      ● Toward Consider the Source project, examining political contributions of
      Marcellus shale gas interests in Pennsylvania
      ● Toward exhibition of photographic images of people, communities, and
      landscapes in Pennsylvania affected by the Marcellus Shale gas industry, and
      presentation of the exhibition in eastern Pennsylvania, including
      Philadelphia
      ● For Research, organizing, education, advocacy, and possible legal
      intervention to prevent or limit shale gas development from degrading
      watershed forest cover and water quality by preserving forest cover on
      public lands and improving regulatory safeguards
      ● Toward research on cumulative impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas
      drilling on watershed health in Pennsylvania
      ● Toward research and dissemination on environmental impacts of drilling for
      natural gas in shale formations in Pennsylvania
  • The Wyss Foundation is a private foundation established in 1998 by Swiss billionaire and former Synthes CEO Hansjorg Wyss, an environmentalist activist. The foundation highlights a lifetime total of $175 million grants have been awarded to “help local communities, land trusts, and non-profit partners conserve nearly 14 million acres in the West for future generations.” Current staff, including president Molly McUsic and vice chairman John Leshy, previously served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, respectively.

    Overview

    Tax exempt status: 501(c)3

    Organization description: “The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities, and strengthen connections to the land.

    Climbing and hiking the Rocky Mountains as a young man, Hansjörg Wyss developed a lifelong love for America’s open lands and a passion for discovery and innovation.  After a successful career in life-saving medical science, Mr. Wyss created the Wyss Foundation in 1998 to help ensure that the iconic Western landscapes that inspired him are protected for everyone to experience and explore.  Today, the Wyss Foundation’s philanthropy supports projects in areas from conservation and education to economic opportunity and social justice.  Each philanthropic investment seeks to encourage new ideas and new solutions that expand the reach of human possibility and compassion.”

    Location: Washington, DC

    Years active: 2008 – present

    Total assets (end of year 2015): $2,115,864,395

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