Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust supports a wide range of conservation efforts in the United States. 

IP TAKE: This funder does not award many grants each year; however, many of its grant awards are sizable. 

PROFILE: Established in 2003, the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust is the successor nonprofit of the Robert W. Wilson Foundation. Wilson, who earned his fortune on Wall Street, committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 87. During his lifetime, Wilson was well known for his charitable giving.

While its assets are sizable at over $200 million according to its tax filings, the Wilson Charitable Trust keeps a low public profile, does not maintain a website and does not employ a formal staff; however, the foundation employs paid trustees, care of public accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin.

According to the trust’s tax filings, the Wilson Foundation has a wide range of giving interests, including environmental conservation causes. Past grantees in this space include the Conservation Fund, the Nature Conservancy and the Rainforest Alliance.

Grant amounts vary widely across the trust, ranging anywhere from $1,000 to over $6 million. Conservation related grant amounts typically fall in the $10,000 to $200,000 range, though some grants have gone as high as $3 million.

The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.

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