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Foundation for Deep Ecology

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Last Updated: 2016-08-25

At A Glance

Foundation for Deep Ecology

1606 Union St.

San Francisco, CA United States 94123-4507

Telephone: (415) 229-9339

URL: www.deepecology.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $41,476,208

Total giving: $465,576

EIN

943106115

BRIDGE Number

1892659916

Background

Established in 1989 in CA

Purpose and Activities

Focus on fundamental ecological issues: 1) protection of forests, aquatic ecosystems and other habitats, including wildlands philanthropy (buying land to save it), wilderness recovery (supporting the design and implementation of large-scale wilderness recovery networks), funding for activists fighting for full protection of species and ecosystems and funding for efforts to eliminate resource extraction on public lands; 2) support for alternative models of agriculture that support biodiversity, local self-reliance and healthy agrarian communities, support for efforts in the fight against industrial agriculture, and support for efforts to link conservationists with farmers and activists in order to integrate habitat preservation and restoration with diverse farming practices; 3) campaigns for effective analysis, organizing and action in response to the rapid acceleration in macroeconomic trends toward global economic integration and free trade that has shifted real political power away from citizen democracies to global corporate bureaucracies, and the further centralization of global corporate power caused by new technological innovation. Supported projects include educational programs exposing the full consequences of the global economy and new free trade agreements, technological critiques and campaigns, and groups fighting large road-building, infrastructure, and dam projects.

Program Area(s)

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

Biodiversity and Wilderness

The foundation supports some of the more ambitious biocentric North and South American grassroots groups in the following thematic areas: 1) Forever Wild -- efforts to win full protection for all public lands, which would thus be freed from logging, livestock grazing, mining, and off-road vehicles; 2) Wilderness Recovery -- design and implementation of nature preserve networks adequate to protect and restore the full range of biological diversity in North and South America; 3) Wildlands Philanthropy -- purchase and preservation of wildlife habitat threatened by development (mostly in the Southern Cone); 4) Wildlife Defense -- legal, educational, and direct action to save wild places and species; and 5) Wild Waters -- advocacy for dam removal, free-flowing rivers, wild fish, marine preserves, and aquatic ecosystems in general.

Ecological Agriculture

The foundation seeks proposals for actions that have hope of retarding or reversing the direct trends of the monoculturalization of the world's traditional agriculture, including the destruction of small-scale family farms on behalf of energy-machine-pesticide intensive corporate farming, the global replacement of subsistence farming communities with single crop systems for the export market, and the resultant poisoning of the lands and waters. Support is given for new thinking and alternative models for agriculture, and citizen activity that helps communities find means for stepping outside the prevailing trends, such as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, which works to make small-scale organic farming more economically viable. Small and large projects, local to international, are supported, as are writing and publishing, original, relevant demonstration efforts, and direct action campaigns with a chance to gain wide public support and produce changes in policy.

Grants to Individuals Program

Awards to individuals in the U.S., Canada, Chile, Argentina and some of Europe for research on biodiversity and wilderness, ecological agriculture, and globalization and megatechnology.

In-House Projects

From time to time, the foundation undertakes and manages its own projects. These have included large scale projects to purchase endangered forests, including some of the Great Alerce Forest of Chile; the production of the books, "Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry," "Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture," and "Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West"; and the initial creation and funding of the International Forum on Globalization. Presently, the foundation is editing "The Selected Works of Arne Naess"; Proposals are not sought in this area.

Megatechnology and Economic Globalization

The foundation accepts local, national, and international proposals for effective analysis, organizing, and action in response to the rapid acceleration in macroeconomic trends toward global economic integration and free trade that has shifted real political power away from citizen democracies to global corporate bureaucracies, and the further centralization of global corporate power caused by new technological innovation. Supported projects include educational programs exposing the full consequences of the global economy and new free trade agreements, technological critiques and campaigns, and groups fighting large road-building, infrastructure, and dam projects. Additionally, the foundation is interested in alternative economic models and concepts, supporting a variety of groups that articulate and work toward viable local economic systems that serve as counterpoint to the globalization juggernaut. Examples in this area include groups working for community building, local currencies, promoting bioregionalism, and defining new technological and economic systems, thus giving practical form to anti-globalization efforts.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Biodiversity
  • Environment
  • Foundations
  • International relations
  • Land resources
  • Natural resources
  • Organic farming
  • Philanthropy
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Wildlife biodiversity
International Interests
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • South America
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $41,476,208 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,337,061

Total giving: $465,576

Qualifying distributions: $1,790,088