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WestWind Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

WestWind Foundation

204 E. High St.

Charlottesville, VA United States 22902-5177

Telephone: (434) 977-5762; 24


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $59,488,254

Total giving: $3,875,653






Established in 1987 in DC

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to protecting the integrity of natural ecosystems and the health of human communities through its grantmaking programs. WestWind tends to provide more general support grants, but the foundation will also provide grants for project or program specific requests.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Environment Program

The foundation supports NGOs that address the issues of global loss of forest cover and biodiversity. The foundation will consider a range of strategies, but has prioritized organizations working to: promote state and/or regional collaborative action through creative partnerships with business; launch grassroots campaigns and educational efforts, particularly to stop the construction of new coal-fired power plants; or enable state and/or local government action by working with local leaders.

Reproductive Health and Rights

Concerned with an exploding population in the Latin American and Caribbean region caused by what the foundation feels to be inadequate access to reproductive health services, the trustees of the foundation created a program that would support NGOs that work to provide services and improve access both in the region and in other parts of the globe. The program operates with the understanding of the international agreement made in Cairo in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when the global community affirmed its commitment to address population growth by working to ensure individual rights and freedoms rather than demographic targets. In lieu of these trends, the goals of this program are to support NGOs that seek to: a) improve access to reproductive health services, particularly in the LAC region; b) promote reproductive health and rights, both domestically and abroad; and c) promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health, both domestically and in the LAC region. See foundation web site for additional information .

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Family planning
  • Forest preservation
  • Human services
  • Land resources
  • Natural resources
  • Youth development
International Interests
  • Caribbean
  • Latin America
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $59,488,254 (market value)

Gifts received: $15,000,000

Expenditures: $4,079,969

Total giving: $3,875,653

Qualifying distributions: $3,960,775