The James Family Charitable Foundation: Grants for Environmental 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: The James Family Charitable Foundation, founded by Hamilton E. James and his wife Amabel, was created after Hamilton spent 25 years at investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and is currently COO and president of Blackstone Group in New York. 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. Tax filings suggest an interest in environmental conservation work, but without a website, it is unclear what strategies the foundation uses in this area of grantmaking.

Conservation grants tend to be under $100,000 but a few exceed that number annually. Past grantees include 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.

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

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.


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