The Foundation’s Corporate and Consumer Practices program area supports organizations that build towards a sustainable future, particularly by shifting corporate and consumer environmental practices. Funded projects range from direct engagement with corporations, to activism against destructive industries, to public education and media that amplifies efforts to improve consumer behavior surrounding energy and consumption. These initiatives work towards a sustainable economy that relies less on destructive, extractive practices and more on renewable, circular production and consumption models. In seeking projects making an impact in these areas, the Foundation prioritizes organizations that are grassroots-led, that hold the potential to serve as industry or community “tipping points,” and that apply a climate change analysis to their work.

Below are the Foundation’s 2018 Corporate and Consumer Practices grantees.


General Operating Support - $40,000

350.org is a Brooklyn-based organization that combines online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and creative communications to build a movement for climate solutions across the planet.

Environmental Investigation Agency

General Operating Support - $55,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)

Founded in 1984, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organization committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. The organization’s objectives in 2018 are to improve forest governance using the Lacey Act, a decades old law defining what kind of wood can enter the United States, and combat the most potent greenhouse gas in existence through the Kigali Amendment, which aims to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Natural Resource Defense Council

Addressing Climate Change, Community Engagement, and Plastics -  $65,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a national environmental action group that combines the power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of over 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals.

NRDC will continue to expand its role in bridging the gap between national climate change policies, environmental justice and community engagement. NRDC will also focus on plastics reform, bringing together three crucial inter-related projects: removing plastic bags and polystyrene from municipal waste streams, ridding plastics from the nation’s largest school districts, and assessing how to tackle marine plastics.

New York Harbor Foundation

General Operating Support - $40,000

The Billion Oyster Project (BOP), based on Governor’s Island, works to both restore live oysters to New York Harbor and educate thousands of young people about the ecology of the local marine environment. Restoring one billion live oysters will not only help restore the Hudson estuary and improve the river’s water quality, but also provide a natural barrier for storm surges and help build a climate change resilient landscape. Through its work, BOP is providing young people the opportunity to shape the city and harbor.

Grantees by Year:  2017  |  2016