Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation directs its environmental giving toward climate change organizations. However, it still supports environmental organizations that work in other fields, such as in conservation.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to award grants for general operating support rather for specific projects or programs. 

PROFILE: Catherine Hughes Waddell and Chauncey Waddell created the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, but it was not until Catherine’s “untimely death in 1961” when Chauncey Waddell established the foundation in honor of Catherine’s father, who served as a former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include education, legal and human rights, environment, population and health, and arts and culture.

The foundation’s environmental grantmaking supports organizations that recognize that “a clean, natural environment is essential to the health of individuals, communities, the economy, and society.” While the foundation supports climate change work, it does not name specific areas of interest preferring to fund such work broadly in order to entertain a wider array of work. Past grantees include climate change related organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Resources Defense Council. Grants typically range from $2,000 to $50,000.

According to the foundation’s tax filings, it accepts unsolicited grant applications in the fall and spring of each year. Grantseekers should use the NY/NJ Common Application Form. Applicants must send their materials to: Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield Philanthropy / P.O. Box 20486 / New York, NY 10021. Grantseekers can also contact Shenfield Philanthropy at (212) 517-8108. While the Charles Evans Hughes Foundation appears to accept unsolicited grant applications, it does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. 


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