Tomberg Family Philanthropies: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Tomberg Philanthropies awards environmental conservation grants to organizations working in the United States and around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder supports organizations and programs that demonstrate ongoing sustainability after Tomberg grant funds are exhausted.

PROFILE: The Tomberg Family Philanthropies is an umbrella term used to describe the philanthropic and charitable activities of the Tomberg Family. The organization is not a formal grantmaking charitable organization; rather, it awards grants via two donor-advised funds, the Philip and Helen Brecher Charitable Fund and the Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund. The philanthropies support projects and organizations working in the fields of poverty alleviation, environment, health and education focusing on “[s]upporting projects that help their recipients build capacities themselves that will last far beyond the end of the specific project.”

Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Past environmental conservation grantees include the Coastside Land Trust, which received support for its preservation and protection work in Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo county coast; and the Rainforest Partnership, which received a grant for its work developing sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation in Latin America. To learn more about select Tomberg grantees, examine its current projects list.

Tomberg Family Philanthropies accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, typically beginning on August 1 of each year.

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