How The Angell Family Foundation Watches Over Our Oceans

Established in 2011 to honor Paul M. Angell, late founder of Newly Wed Foods, Inc., the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation has three grantmaking areas: social causes, performing arts, and conservation. The primary focus of the foundation's grantmaking in conservation is the protection of the world’s oceans and species. Specifically, the foundation is interested in "site-specific projects designed to improve the health of ocean habitats and to enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of climate change." Angell also supports efforts to fund species protection. Eligible projects include research, conservation, and restoration.

In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $6 million in grants, a good portion of which went towards conservation efforts. For example, a $50,000 grant went to Wildlife Conservation Society supporting Pearl Cays Wildlife Refuge in Nicaragua, a habitat for different species of sea turtle. A large $400,000 grant over two years also went to The Nature Conservancy towards "enhancing the resistance of coastal communities." Recent funds have also gone to outfits such as the Coral Reef Foundation, Oceana's Campaign to Stop Seafood Fraud, and Environmental Law & Policy Center's Initiative to Protect Waterways from Toxic Coal Ash.

A component of the foundation's philanthropy is also concerned with environmental education, with recent funds going to Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Teens4Oceans' Step Up 4 the Ocean Program. Teens4Oceans' mission is to provide "activities, resources, and experiences to youth who are passionate about ocean conservation."

It's also worth mentioning that some Angell grants focus in especially on Chicago. For instance, support has gone to the Field Museum of Natural History, and a large $1 million grant to The Trust for Public Land to support The 606,a Northwest side project that transformed about three miles of old rail line into the Bloomingdale Trail, which is linked to six neighborhood parks.

In just a few short years, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation has grown significantly. Fortunately for grantseekers, the foundation accepts unsolicited grant inquiries from nonprofits. You can create an account online and complete a letter of inquiry application for one of the three priority areas. There are two grant cycles each year, as LOIs open up in mid-October for the spring cycle and in mid-March for the fall cycle. Check out the Grant Writing Tips page for some of the funder’s direct advice.

Related: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation: Grants for Oceans