Buying (Extorting) Your Future –
What is the Environmental Grantmakers Association?

by Erich Veyhl, Land Rights Letter, February 1993.

Founded informally in the mid-80's in Washington, DC, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) is a strategic planning forum for funding (mostly tax-exempt) and coordinating long term environmentalist activist political campaigns.

EGA does not transfer funds to political groups directly, but sponsors forums in which environmentalist leaders and corporate and foundation executives meet to discuss strategy, review past political performance, and coordinate movement strategies and funding by member organizations.

EGA has 215 [July, 2000] corporate and foundation members [up from 138 in 1993] who together annually donate hundreds of millions of dollars to hundreds of environmentalist political action groups ranging from Audubon to the Wilderness Society, some of whom further pass through money to local political action groups.

EGA members include Apple Computer, the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and several Rockefeller funds and foundations. Members have also included organizations such as L.L. Bean, The Betterment Foundation, The Chevron Companies, and Waste Management, Inc.

EGA operates as an activity of the Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc, using the Fund's 501(c)(3) status. Fund Vice President Donald K. Ross runs EGA as its “Coordinator of the Secretariat” [He was subsequently replaced after leaving to run another strategic environmentalist foundation]. Its headquarters are located at [2000]:

437 Madison Ave, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10022, (212) 812-4260. Its web site is at but there are several sections not open to the public.

Current (acknowledged) members are [July, 2000]:

ARCO Foundation
The Abelard West Foundation
The Abell Foundation
The Acorn Foundation
Alaska Conservation Foundation
The Jenifer Altman Foundation
American Conservation Association
Americana Foundation
Angelica Foundation
Apple Computer, Inc.
Aria Foundation
As You Sow
Aspen Airport Business Center Foundation
BankAmerica Foundation
Barbara Delano Foundation
The Bauman Foundation
Beldon Fund
James Ford Bell Foundation
The Ben & Jerry's Foundation
Beneficia Foundation
The Berger Foundation Trust
The William Bingham Foundation
Blumenthal Foundation
The Brainerd Foundation
The Kathleen Price Bryan Family Fund
The Bullitt Foundation
Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation
C.S. Fund
Ward M. & Miriam C. Canaday Education and Charitable Trust
Captain Planet Foundation
Caribou Fund
Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust
Changing Horizons Charitable Trust
The Chicago Community Trust
Columbia Foundation
Compton Foundation, Inc.
Conservation, Food and Health Foundation
Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust
Mary A. Crocker Trust
Crystal Channel Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Damien Foundation
Davis Conservation Foundation
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
The Dunn Foundation
The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
The Educational Foundation of America
The Energy Foundation
Environment Now
An Environmental Trust
Farm Aid
Fields Pond Foundation Inc.
Bert Fingerhut/Caroline Hicks Family Fund
First Nations Development Institute
Flintridge Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Foundation for Deep Ecology
French American Charitable Trust
Frey Foundation
Fund for the Preservation of Wildlife and Natural Areas
The Gap Foundation
The Fred Gellert Foundation
General Service Foundation
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Global Environmental Project Institute
Global Greengrants Fund
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
Sol Goldman Charitable Trust
Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Greenville Foundation
The George Gund Foundation
HKH Foundation
Haella Foundation
Harder Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation
Heinrich-Boll Foundation
Heinz Endowments
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Homeland Foundation
Horizon Foundation
Houston Endowment, Inc.
Human-i-Tees Foundation
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Island Foundation
The Island Foundation (CA-CO)
Ittleson Foundation
The Richard Ivey Foundation
Henry M. Jackson Foundation
The Johnson Foundation
W. Alton Jones Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Henry P. Kendall Foundation
The William C. Kenney Watershed Protection
Robert S. & Grayce B. Kerr Foundation, Inc.
Kohlberg Foundation
Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
Krusos Foundation
Laidlaw Foundation
Laird Norton Endowment Foundation
LaSalle Adams Fund
The Lazar Foundation
The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation
LifeWorks Foundation
Luso-American Development Foundation
The Lyndhurst Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Magrath Foundation
Maki Foundation
The Martin Foundation
Massachusetts Environmental Trust
The McIntosh Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation
The Mennen Environmental Foundation
The John Merck Fund
Merck Family Fund
Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
J.P. Morgan Charitable Trust
The Moriah Fund
C.S. Mott Foundation
Ruth Mott Fund
The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
Muskegon County Community Foundation
Edmund S. Muskie Foundation
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Inc.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Geographic Society Education Foundation
The Needmor Fund
New England Biolabs Foundation
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Affiliated Trusts
New York Community Trust
Andrew Norman Foundation
North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation
Mary Moody Northen, Inc.
Northwest Fund for the Environment
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Oak Foundation
Orchard Foundation
The Oregon Community Foundation
Ottinger Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Patagonia, Inc.
Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
The Pegasus Foundation
William Penn Foundation
James C. Penney Foundation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Philanthropic Group
Philip Morris Companies
The Pohaku Fund
Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
Prince Charitable Trusts
The Prospect Hill Foundation
V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
Recreational Equipment, Inc.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Family Fund
Rockefeller Financial Services Philanthropy Office
The Rockefeller Foundation
Rockwood Fund
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Sacharuna Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
The Sapelo Foundation
The Schad Foundation
The Scherman Foundation
The Florence and John Schumann Foundation
Seventh Generation Fund
Smith Richardson Foundation
Solidago Foundation
The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values
The Sudbury Foundation
The Summerlee Foundation
The Summit Foundation
Surdna Foundation
Edna Bailey Sussman Fund
Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation
A Territory Resource
Threshold Foundation
The Tides Foundation
Kiki and Bruce Tidwell Foundation
Tortuga Foundation
Town Creek Foundation
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
True North Foundation
Trust for Mutual Understanding
Turner Foundation, Inc.
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Lawson Valentine Foundation
Vancouver Foundation
Victoria Foundation
Virginia Environmental Endowment
WMX Environmental Grants Program
Wallace Genetic Foundation
Wallace Global Fund, Inc.
Weeden Foundation
Whitecap Foundation
William B. Wiener Jr. Foundation
Wilburforce Foundation
The Winslow Foundation
Working Assets Funding Service, Inc.
Margaret Cullinan Wray Charitable Trust
The Wyss Foundation

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