New World Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The New World Foundation seeks organizations that work to reverse the impact of global fossil fuel economy.

IP TAKE: This funder supports coalition and movement-building organizations.

PROFILE: When Anita McCormick Blaine chartered the New World Foundation (NWF) in 1954, she already had a long history of progressive philanthropy. For example, she supported desegregation and efforts to further civil rights in the south. Since McCormick Blaine passed, her granddaughter, Anne Blaine Harrison, has continued McCormick Blaine’s philanthropic wishes and strategies. Today the foundation works to “support leaders and organizations that advance democracy, protect communities and build a humane social vision.” NWF’s grantmaking includes the New Majority Fund, Phoenix Fund, the Climate Action Fund, investing in youth, and through its resource lab, offering economic stimulus packages for community organizations. 

NWF’s Climate Action Fund awards grants to organizations that “aim to reverse the devastating impact on society’s dependence on fossil fuels.” The program’s approach addresses climate change’s affect on the overlap between economics, health, energy, and the environment.

NWF conducts conservation work through its Climate Action Fund, which funds toxic cleanups, activists concerned with rising asthma rates, unions demanding increased workplace safety, Native Americans fighting for land rights, farmworkers concerned with the dangers of pesticides, combatting mountain removal coal mining, and stopping fracking. The program is largely focused on reversing the impacts of fossil fuel dependence, but still makes considerable contributions to conservation.

NWF offers several types of grants. Its Base Building grants prioritize community-based organizations; Regional and Cluster grants seek to maximize impact in specific grantmaking regions; and its Deepening Grantee Partnerships grants offer continuing support to NWF grantees.

While the foundation offers a few sizable grants in the $100,000 to $450,000 range, most range from $20,000 to $100,000. In order to reverse the impact fossil fuels have on the planet, NWF seeks environmental conservation organizations across the United States, such as the Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council and the Land Stewardship Project.

NWF does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.


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