High Meadows Foundation: Grants for the Conservation

OVERVIEW: High Meadows Foundation's grantmaking supports environmental science, research, and education, engages in policy, and more. The foundation was started by financier Carl Ferenbach.

IP TAKE: The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but is open to inquiries.

PROFILE: High Meadows Foundation invests in and promotes "workable yet creative ideas to address the complex environmental and societal issues facing the world." The foundation was established in 2007 by Carl Ferenbach,  cofounder of Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners. Ferenbach and his wife Judy own High Meadows Associates, which owns and operates farmland in Vermont, sustainably producing maple syrup, wood products and even grass for biofuel.  Ferenbach has also served as chairman the Environmental Defense Fund since 2008, among other green group boards. The foundation invests in the environment, education, policy work, and business/society.

High Meadows Foundation’s environmental conservation grantmaking centers on improving environmental education, conservation research and science, conserving wilderness and landscapes, land management practices, and sustainable food systems. It’s limited website does not name further conservation or conservation education strategies, preferring to broadly fund organizations rather than limiting what kinds of organizations it funds.

Environmental conservation grants range widely. Past grantees include the Environmental Defense Fund, Climate Central, The Food Project, and High Meadows Fund, which works in Vermont to help mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to its "consequences by supporting leadership and innovation in the areas of energy, land use, and sustainable agriculture”; and the Princeton Environmental Institute, among many others. Ferenbach is a Princeton alum. The foundation funds conservation work at the local, regional, and national levels.

Carl Ferenbach also cofounded High Meadows Institute, which is focused on "exploring the role of business leadership in building sustainable economic and social progress in the global community." 

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Its website states that the foundation is "happy to answer questions related to work in progress and inquiries from organizations wishing to collaborate."

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