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JRS Biodiversity Foundation

Profile

Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

JRS Biodiversity Foundation

P.O. Box 15178

Seattle, WA United States 98115-0178

Telephone: (206) 454-7915

URL: jrsbiodiversity.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Organization that normally receives more than 33 1/3% of its support from contributions, etc.

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $44,816,663

Total giving: $1,858,469

EIN

231352035

Background

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation was created in January 2004 when the nonprofit scientific abstracting company, BIOSIS was sold to Thomson Scientific, now Thomson Reuters. The proceeds from that sale funded the foundation's endowment and created a new private foundation to carry on the tradition of making biological knowledge accessible and useful - The foundation's name reflects its current mission to enhance the knowledge of biodiversity for the benefit of life on earth and the historic legacy of the foundation. J.R.S. are the initials of Jacob Robert Schramm, one of the founders of Biological Abstracts that later became BIOSIS.JRS and began grantmaking in 2007. JRS focuses upon supporting biodiversity informatics that is used to preserve and to sustainably manage biodiversity, especially in those developing economies where it is most threatened. Through the projects it funds, the JRS Biodiversity Foundation works to make biodiversity information more widely available to researchers, local communities, conservation practitioners, policy makers and the public. Through August 2014, the foundation has committed $12.4 million to grants that support biodiversity data and knowledge and total 2014 grant commitments are estimated to be $2.0 million. JRSgrant awards average about $175,000 over three years and about 10 grants are awarded each year. Annual grant commitments may average near $1.7 million and may vary from time-to-time depending upon strategic interests and the economy's impact upon the endowment

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to enhance the knowledge of biodiversity for the benefit of life on earth. It focuses on supporting biodiversity informatics that is used to preserve and to sustainably manage biodiversity, especially in those developing economies where it is most threatened. Through the projects it funds, the foundation works to make biodiversity information more widely available to researchers, local communities, conservation practitioners, policy makers and the public.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Wildlife biodiversity
International Interests
  • Africa
  • Latin America
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $44,816,663 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,042,634

Total giving: $1,858,469

Qualifying distributions: $2,393,949