Protecting the country’s freshwater supply is a huge environmental issue with increasing urgency, but it’s just getting started as a philanthropic cause. Here’s a crash course in the major players.
The Erb Family Foundation has been funding University of Michigan’s work to improve water quality in the region for years. The funder’s latest $3 million grant to the school will help them wrangle Detroit and the Detroit River’s contribution to pollution in Lake Erie.
Hormel and the family behind it have long held an big role in the economy of hometown Austin, Minnesota. Now the family’s foundation has committed to covering half the cost of a major waterways improvement.