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Colcom Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-10-21

At A Glance

Colcom Foundation

2 Gateway Ctr., Ste. 1800

Pittsburgh, PA United States 15222-1442


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $527,738,252

Total giving: $25,028,319






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.

Purpose and Activities

The primary mission of the 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. Regionally, the foundation supports conservation and environmental projects and cultural assets.

Fields of Interest

  • Community and economic development
  • Community beautification
  • Environment
  • Population studies
  • Sports and recreation
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $527,738,252 (market value)

Gifts received: $5,687

Expenditures: $30,016,575

Total giving: $25,028,319

Qualifying distributions: $26,836,263