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Colcom Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Primarily, the mission of Colcom Foundation is to foster a sustainable environment to ensure quality of life for all Americans by addressing major causes and consequences of overpopulation and its adverse effects on natural resources. Secondarily, the Foundation supports regional conservation, environmental projects, and cultural assets. The Foundation supports a meaningful national conversation on the optimal level of immigration in light of jobs, natural habitat, biodiversity, civic society, and economics. The Foundation has no tolerance for discrimination; all must be treated with equal dignity. These principles govern the Foundation’s grantmaking .


Established in 1996 in PA - Colcom was created to perpetuate Cordelia S. May's philanthropic vision, which reflected her deep and life long concern about the negative effects of human overpopulation on the environment and quality of life in the U.S. Mrs. May, who spent her entire life and considerable resources protecting ecosystems, preserving the environment and conserving land and water, concluded that "the well intended actions of most environmental organizations are doomed to failure unless and until they recognize that the degradation of our natural world ultimately results from the press of human numbers". The foundation is also involved in local environmental and community projects.


Colcom Foundation

Independent foundation




P.O. Box 22185 Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222-0185

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