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Blue Moon Fund, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Blue Moon Fund, Inc.

(formerly W. Alton Jones Foundation, Inc.)

222 W. South St.

Charlottesville, VA United States 22902-5041

Telephone: (434) 295-5160


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $130,735,896

Total giving: $11,274,149





Additional Contact Information

Additional address: 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Ste. 100, Washington, DC 20009


Incorporated in 1944 in NY as W. Alton Jones Foundation - The foundation underwent restructure in 2001, and was renamed Blue Moon Fund and two new funds were created, Oak Hill Fund and Edgerton Foundation.

Purpose and Activities

The fund supports initiatives that work to build human and natural resilience to a changing and warming world. It uses natural, social, and financial capital to implement new models in high–diversity regions around the world.

Program Area(s)

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


In China, the fund focuses on climate change mitigation though energy innovation, efficiency, innovative financial instruments, and policy change. In the Greater Mekong Sub-region—Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Yunnan Province—the fund encourages the conservation of rich landscapes by exploring alternatives to the traditional model of resource-heavy development. In the Himalayas—Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Tibet—the fund supports rural mountain populations in the sustainable use and protection of ecosystems on which their livelihoods depend.

North America

The fund uses a watershed based approach to two regions of exceptional biodiversity threatened by climate change and industrial activity. In Chesapeake-Appalachia, its initiatives support work to value and preserve the ecosystems that support rural mountain populations and feed the Bay, and work to identify cleaner, sustainable ways to produce energy and manage natural resources. In Louisiana from New Orleans to the Gulf Coast, its initiatives support work to restore the natural balance of environment and development in hopes of preventing future catastrophes.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to support a demonstration project on the effectiveness of systematic rice intensification as a farming method. The foundation has made PRIs for the acquisition of affordable housing for low-income persons and families. The foundation has also made a PRI toward educational programs aimed at informing the public and policymakers on the benefits of fuel cell-based zero emissions scooters and associated technologies.

Tropical Americas

In the eastern Andes-western Amazon the fund works to protect remaining intact lowland and montane forests that will serve as critical refugia for plants and animals under predicted climate change scenarios. In the eastern Amazon the fund works to reverse trends towards large-scale ranching and agriculture that are destroying one of the globe’s greatest carbon sinks – the Amazon rainforest. Additionally, in southern Mesoamerica the fund works to protect exceptional biodiversity through innovative conservation strategies.

Fields of Interest

  • Climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Sustainable development
International Interests
  • Asia
  • China
  • Latin America
  • South America
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $130,735,896 (market value)

Expenditures: $14,455,265

Total giving: $11,274,149

Qualifying distributions: $14,303,381