Woodcock Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Woodcock Foundation’s environmental conservation grantmaking focuses on large landscapes.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations contributing to widespread, systemic change in its areas of grantmaking interest.

PROFILE: The late philanthropist Polly Guth established the New York-based Woodcock Foundation in 1996. The foundation’s main objective is to “[encourage] leadership and entrepreneurship to improve the educational, economic, and environmental situations of those most in need.” Areas of grantmaking interest include social enterprise, economic development, food systems, large landscape conservation, education, media & democracy, gender equality and civil society.

The majority of Woodcock’s grants support large landscape projects such as its grant to the Columbia Land Conservancy for its work with local communities conserving farmland, forests and wildlife habitats in Columbia County; and the Misstakis Institute for the Rockies, which received for its work protecting and conserving ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains.

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $200,000. Past grantees in this space include Acumen, which received a grant for its work building social enterprises in developing countries; and Alianza Americas, which received a grant for its work promoting social, political, and economic justice across the Americas. To learn more about the types of organizations Woodcock supports and at what level, explore its grantees page.

The Woodcock Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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