Overbrook Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Overbrook Foundation supports organizations focusing on conserving the natural environment and biodiversity, as well as, those promoting sustainable consumption practices and energy conservation.

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" across the United States and Latin America. 

In the United States, the foundation’s environment program supports projects related to sustainable production and consumption. In Latin America, Overbrook seeks organizations that  focus on biodiversity 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.

Grant amounts typically range from $20,000 to $50,000. Nature and Culture International and Earthworks are past grantees. 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 does encourage conservation and environmental organizations to contact foundation staff and 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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