Zegar Family Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Zegar Family Foundation tends to offer its environmental conservation grants to large national organizations rather than local and grassroots organizations.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to build long-term relationships with its grantee partners; however, it is open to hearing new ideas from prospective grantees.

PROFILE: Founded in 2007, the Zegar Family Foundation aims to “[g]ive back by improving the lives of others and enhancing the communities and larger world around us.” This is a modest-sized family funder whose grantmaking includes a diverse set of priorities including Science and Medicine, Education, Human Services and Economic Opportunity, Nutrition and Health, Justice and Human Rights, Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Environment, and International causes.

Zegar’s environment program broadly supports organizations “[w]orking to preserve and conserve our natural resources and sustain our world environment.” The foundation does not offer grant listings on its website or environmental priorities; however, tax filings indicate that grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. Past grantees in this space include the National Parks Conservation Association and the Nature Conservancy.

The Zegar Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.

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