Johnson Family Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Johnson Family Foundation focuses its conservation grantmaking on improving overall environmental health. 

IP TAKE: Johnson’s conservation and environment related grantmaking is most often place-based rather than national in scope.

PROFILE: Thomas Phillips and Jane Moore Johnson established the Johnson Family Foundation (JFF) in 1990 to support the “development of healthy, vibrant and just communities where individuals, families and the next generation of leaders will thrive.” It funds education, the arts, conservation, and the environment, among others.

JFF supports organizations that “improve environmental health, promote equality and social progress, and support education and youth.” The foundation does not have dedicated programs, and instead, prefers a broad approach to grantmaking. The foundation does not offer detailed information regarding its conservation and environmental grantmaking beyond past grantees, which include organizations such as 1% for the Planet and Conservation Colorado.

The foundation awards grants of upwards of $500,000 but the majority of grants fall in the $25,000 to $75,000 range. To learn more about the organizations JFF supports and at what level, explore its grant history lists.

JFF does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

  • Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director
  • Samantha Franklin, Program Officer

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