The James Family Charitable Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The James Family Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Blackstone COO Hamilton James and his wife Amabel. The foundation's environmental grantmaking includes land and fisheries conservation.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Hamilton E. James spent 25 years at investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and is currently COO and president of Blackstone Group in New York. James and his wife Amabel move their philanthropy through the James Family Charitable Foundation, which gave away around $6.4 million in a recent tax year. Grants tend to be under $100,000 but a few exceed that number annually.

Hamilton James sits on several key environmental organizations, including Wildlife Conservation Society and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He also serves as vice chair of Trout Unlimited’s Coldwater Conservation Fund.

Unfortunately for grantseekers, the foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. The foundation does not have a website, making it difficult to know exactly what the couple looks for in their environmental grantees.

Via their foundation, Hamilton and Amabel James have supported places like Alliance for the Great Lakes, American Prairie Reserve, Classical American Home Preservation, Conservation Resource Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund, Rainforest Trust, Montana Land Reliance, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Global Coral Reef Alliance, Central Park Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The couple lives in New York but also has ties in Montana.

Hamilton James has also shown an interest in government and the couple has supported environmental policy organizations like League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, which "works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities."


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The James Family Charitable Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch but below is contact information:

The James Family Charitable Foundation
615 W. Mount Pleasant Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039
Telephone: (973) 994-9122