ESRI Conservation Program Resources:

Donors & NGO Funders

(ECP and CTSP members, sites of interest for mapping/GIS, scholarly papers and ESRI Conference Proceedings, and sites with public conservation and GIS data for downloading) (Under Construction)

Sites of interest for mapping/GIS

(Legend: CTSP sites are coded "c" plus the year of the grant, (cs=software, cm=mac), ECP grantees are coded "e". Many groups, especially newer grantees, do not yet have their own sites and are colored green. Other new groups may be described or supported by other sites)

Brainerd Foundation . (1601 Second Avenue, Suite 610 Seattle, WA 98101 -- Phone: 206.448.0676 -- Fax: 206.448.7222 -- Email: ) The Brainerd Foundation is focussed on grassroots environmental support in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory)

Bullitt Foundation ( 1212 Minor Ave., Seattle WA 98101-2825. Tel: 206-343-0807 fax: 206-343-0822 email: ) "The Bullitt Foundation is committed to the protection and restoration of the environment of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana & Rocky Mountain Range, and the rain forest region of southern Alaska.) . This commitment includes environmental problems that disproportionately impact lower-economic people in both urban and rural communities. " Grant categories cover a broad range including Air Pollution, Campaign Finance Reform, Deep Ecology, Electronic Networking, Endangered Species, Environmental Education, Environmental Justice, Growth Management & Sprawl, Land Acquisition, Easements, & Exchanges, Marine, Religion & the Environment, Transportation, Tribal Communities, Video/Media, Voter Education, Wilderness, Workplace Giving, and many others.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (1200 Mott Foundation Building, Flint, Michigan 48502-1851 Phone: (810) 238-5651, Fax: (810) 766-1753 email: "The mission of the Mott Foundation's environmental grantmaking is to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world." The program's focus is on conservation of freshwater ecosystems in North America, strengthening environmental NGO capacity in North America, and special topics. Their 1999 freshwater grants budget was $4.6 million, NGO capacity and special topics budget was almost $2 million. Several publications on environmental action are available free for download or order (call (800) 645-1766), including "Philosophy, Programs & Procedures: Environment", "Environmental Challenges for the 21st Century: A Global Perspective", "People of Color Environmental Groups: 1994-95 Directory " ,

CompuMentor, ( 89 Stillman Street San Francisco, CA 94107 (415)512-7784 email: ) "a San Francisco-based nonprofit, was started in 1987, based on two ideas: Nonprofits and schools need to use computers, but face many obstacles--including lack of resources and emphasis on mission, rather than on technology. Computer culture has spawned an abundance of people with great computer skills and big hearts, who are looking for a way to contribute their expertise to worthy organizations...Today, CompuMentor is expanding rapidly towards a goal of serving schools, nonprofits, and mentors around the country." . Nonprofits can obtain software by Microsoft and other vendors, including Office 1000 and Windows, for little more than a nominal handling fee of $7-$50. Anyone with computer skills can sign up to be a mentor. Sources for donated computers and recycled hardware are provided. Tutorials in diverse technology subjects are provided, including Systems Management, Hiring a Consultant, Planning Databases, Networking Concepts, Managing Volunteers and Planning a Website.

Computerworld Smithsonian Awards program : (no address) "Each year committee members, Chairmen and CEO's of the leading information technology companies listed in this program, nominate users of information technology who, in their personal opinion, both merit inclusion in the Smithsonian's permanent research collections and recognition for the quality and impact of their work. All innovators so nominated thus automatically become candidates for each year's Computerworld Smithsonian Awards."

The Conservation Alliance . "is a group of 62 outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Applicants for grants must be sponsored by one of the member businesses." To request a sponsor and find out more about the program, contact Jil Zilligen at Patagonia, 259 W. Santa Clara Street, Ventura CA 93001. . Their most recent round of grants awarded $140,000 to 5 groups, including Sea Turtle Restoration Project and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Conservation Technology Support Program(CTSP, 201 Mission Street 4th Floor, San Francisco CA 94105, tel: 415-979-0474 send blank email to: ) "The Conservation Technology Support Program (CTSP) annually awards grants of equipment plus software to tax-exempt conservation organizations to build their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity. "

Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, San Francisco CA.(Lincoln and Torney, Presidio Building 1014, P.O. Box 29361, San Francisco, CA 94129-0361 tel: (415) 561-6575 Fax:(415) 561-6490 email: The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity is an association of more than 40 grant makers that seeks to focus attention on issues and program opportunities related to the conservation of biological resource. The Biodiversity Project (214 N. Henry Street, Suite 203 Madison, WI, 53703 tel: (608) 250-9876 Fax (608) 257-3513, Project Director, Jane Elder, email: is a public education initiative to focus attention on issues and program opportunities related to conservation and restoration of biological resources.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (300 Second Street, Suite 200, Los Altos, California 94022 Tel. (650) 948-7658) "The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey." They make grants in support of Conservation Science, Water, Land and Energy conservation, Habitat protection and capacity building in the Western Pacific, Cascadia, Hawaii, and Mexico, and accept "unsolicited proposals relating to the Conserving California Landscapes Initiative and Sustainable Fisheries."

Environmental Grantmaking Foundations 1998 is the best-selling guide to 790 of the most significant independent, community and company-sponsored foundations that fund environmental projects. The guide can be ordered from this web site.

Environmental Support Center . (4420 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 2, Washington, DC 20008-2301 phone 202/966-9834 fax 202/966-4398) "ESC's goal is to improve the environment in the United States by enhancing the health and well-being of these organizations. Our Training and Organizational Assistance Program, Technology Resources Program , Workplace Solicitation Program, and new Environmental Loan Fund help these vital environmental groups become better managed, funded and equipped. In 8 years the ESC has granted more than $750,000 for training and organizational assistance, donated computers and office machines worth nearly $2 million to 700 organizations. ESC began an equipment donation project in 1991, because often the basic office equipment available to grassroots environmental groups is scarce or out-of-date. ESC also donates Lotus software to grassroots organizations. Organizations may request up to three free software packages in one calendar year for a low shipping and handling fee. "

The Foundation Center (79 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003 Tel: (212) 620-4230 Fax: (212) 691-1828 email: ) is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. The Foundation Finder searches a database of 50,000 private and community foundations in the U.S. The "Proposal writing short course" teaches the basic skiills in proposal writing and developing relationships between applicant and donor. The "Guide to Funding research" is a basic online primer on the grantseeking process and an introduction to grantseeking resources available.

Gifts In Kind International (333 North Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 836-2121 Fax (703) 549-1481 Toll Free TeleFax (888) 288-4043 email: "We are the leading charity in the field of product philanthropy, helping companies donate product efficiently and effectively to charities and schools in your home town and around the world...Program Qualifications: To qualify to become a registered partner, you must be one of the three: 1: an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code or a recognized Indian Reservation and exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and not a private foundation (other than an operating foundation described in Section 4942 (j)(3)). 2: a Canadian charity registered with Revenue Canada. 3: an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit who can certify full compliance with InterAction's PVO standards. While companies usually earmark their newly-manufactured merchandise for charities and schools serving the ill, needy or youth, some companies donate to all 501(c)(3) charities, including those involved in the environment, arts and culture. Typical donations to these organizations include software, office equipment and furniture. "

Jenifer Altman Foundation, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, and the StarFire Fund . "The Jenifer Altman Foundation, Mitchell Kapor Foundation, and StarFire Fund share a common vision of contributing to the prospects for a more socially just and ecologically sustainable future. Presently, this work is focused primarily, but not exclusively... on the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals and other fetal contaminants on human health and on biodiversity. "

The Joyce Foundation (Three First National Plaza, 70 West Madison Street Suite 2750, Chicago, Illinois 60602, Phone: (312) 782-2464, Fax: (312) 782-4160, General email: "The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes" Articles on environment is an interesting section of published articles on environmental change

The MacArthur Foundation Program on Global Security and Sustainability: ( Office of Grants Management, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603 USA, email: The program "promotes peace within and among countries, healthy ecosystems worldwide, and responsible reproductive choices."

The Pew Charitable Trusts (2005 Market Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077, Tel: (215) 575-9050, email: ) "a Philadelphia-based foundation with approximately $4.7 billion in assets, invested over $213 million in 298 nonprofit organizations in 1998.". The Environment program awarded over $38 million to 60 groups in 1998, and "aims to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere and preserve healthy forest and marine ecosystems." Their Grantee web links page is extensive.

The Rockefeller Family Fund (437 Madison Ave., 37th Floor, New York, NY, 10022, tel (212) 812-4252, fax: (212) 812-4299, email: ) "is a family philanthropy located in New York City. RFF supports a wide range of environmental, political participation and reform, women's rights, and other domestic activist-oriented nonprofit groups." Their Technology Project "seeks to accelerate social and political progress by building technological capacity for community collaboration and citizen engagement. "

Surdna Foundation, Inc.(330 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor, New York, New York 10017-5001 E-mail: ) "The Environment Program has 4 program areas: Biological Diversity and the Human Communities Which Depend On It, Human Systems, Transportation and Urban/Suburban Land Use, Energy." Their program interests include "Translating scientific concerns and findings into public policy; conservation-based development; promoting public policies that insure species preservation; promoting market-based approaches that ensure species preservation; and creating programs that raise broad public awareness of these issues."

Turner Foundation (Executive Director, TURNER FOUNDATION, One CNN Center, Suite1090 - South Tower, Attn: Program Department, Atlanta, GA 30303 ) Habitat funding is based on 2 basic principles: "Ecosystem protection and restoration based on the principles of conservation biology; and; Relieving the relentless pressure that our consumption of resources and land, multiplied by growing human numbers, has placed on these ecosystems."

The W. Alton Jones Foundation (232 East High Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-5178 U.S.A Tel: (804) 295-2134 Fax: (804) 295-1648 e-mail:" is a private grantmaking foundation focusing on global environmental protection and the prevention of nuclear war or other massive release of radioactive material." Their Circuit Rider program provides on-site support for non-profits to learn how to make the most appropriate and effective use of technological tools.

Wilburforce Foundation 3601 Fremont Ave N #304 Seattle, WA 98103-8753 206.632.2325 206.632.2326 fax). Focus is on "organizations that work to protect habitats which are critically important to sustaining abundant ecological communities in Western Canada and the Western United States." 4 primary goals are: "1:Protect the last remaining pristine places, with priority on area that have the greatest biological significance. 2:Preserve the richness and diversity of native species by protecting important local habitats, including critical wildlife connectors and flyways. 3:Leave a legacy of healthy organizations that can effectively and efficiently respond to challenges and opportunities. 4:Assure strong and lasting public support for wilderness preservation. "


All text by the respective organizations/authors, January 2, 1997

Web layout & design: Charles Convis, ESRI, January 2, 1996

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