Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation broadly awards conservation related grants to a diverse set of causes.

IP TAKE: While Hughes has recently directed its environmental giving toward climate change organizations, it continues to award grants related to conservation efforts as well.

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 to honor 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 conservation grantmaking broadly supports organizations that recognize “that a clean, natural environment is essential to the health of individuals, communities, the economy, and society.” It does not name further conservation grantmaking strategies preferring to consider an array of projects rather than limiting itself.

Conservation grants typically range from $2,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Consultative Group for Biological Diversity and the League of Conservation Voters Education fund.

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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