Overbrook Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW:  In the United States, the Overbrook Foundation supports organizations that conserve the natural environment and address climate change.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks to fill gaps in environmental funding.

PROFILE: Helen and Frank Altschul established the Overbrook Foundation in 1948 as a “progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment.”

The foundation’s environment program supports organizations focusing on conserving the natural environment, advocating for biodiversity, promoting sustainable consumption practices, and energy conservation.

In 2014, the foundation established its movement building as a subprogram of its environment focus area. Movement building grants support network building organizations and movements “rather than specific organizations or issues.” Other environment subprograms include innovative solutions, corporate and consumer practices, and Latin American biodiversity conservation.

In the United States, Overbook seeks projects that “tackle some of today’s biggest environmental challenges including corporate and consumer practices, climate change, and waste. Grant amounts typically range from $20,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include 350.org, which received an award in support of its climate change programs related to carbon emissions. For a detailed look at Overbrook’s grantees, explore its environment portfolio.

Overbrook does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding from new organizations. However, it encourages climate change and environmental organizations to contact foundation staff to discuss their work.

PEOPLE:

  • Stephen Foster, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Mary Grecco, Grants Manager and Chief Financial Officer
  • Daniel Katz, Senior Program Director, Environment
  • Benji Jones, Program Associate, Environment
  • Katie Gwathmey, Program Assistant, Environment

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