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Environmental
Grantmakers Association (EGA)

Environmental Grantmakers Association
55 Exchange Place, Suite 405 
NEW YORK, NY 10005

Phone: (212) 812-4260

Fax:
(212) 812-4299
Website: http://www.ega.org
EIN: 20-8817646
Exempt since 2007


Self-description: The Environmental Grantmakers Association (the "EGA") was founded for the purposes of enhancing environmental philanthropy and fostering ecological integrity, justice and environmental stewardship. During 2007 EGA began its transition from operating as a program under a fiscal sponsor [Rockefeller Family Fund] to an independent organization.

Actual: Originally, an unincorporated networking organization of 12 foundations that funded exclusively left-wing / anti-corporate environmental causes. EGA operated from 1987 to 2007 from the office of Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) which accepted grants as fiscal sponsor for EGA under the RFF tax-exemption. EGA's executive director was on the paid staff of RFF. EGA remains part of the Council on Foundations-recognized Affinity Group Network.

Background: The Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) grew out of the Environmental Grantmakers Affinity Group of the Council on Foundations (COF). In 1987, a small group of environmental grantmakers met in Washington, D.C. to discuss common interests and to learn about each other's specific programs. As a result of the enthusiasm generated at this meeting, plans were made for future meetings, grants lists exchanged, and a "directory" of foundation program interests was published. Subsequent meetings reaffirmed this interest for increased communication among grantmakers through the EGA.

Rise to power: The EGA holds strategy meetings to orchestrate funder programs for maximum damage to free enterprise and individual liberties. In the late 1980s, EGA members began coercing the recipients of "prescriptive" grants to perform tasks and projects they would not otherwise have done, giving rise to environmental group resentment. By 1992, EGA donors had a stranglehold on environmental groups, dictating their policy and intimidating them into a now-familiar submissive posture of "if the donor is interested in it, we're interested in it." The EGA's 1992 annual meeting was a landmark in its rise to dominance over America's environmental agenda.

Environmental Grantmakers Association
1992 Annual Meeting Tapes

The EGA's annual retreats are strategy planning sessions during which grantmakers lay their plans for the coming year. The classic gathering was in 1992, when key foundation leaders laid out their intentions to hijack the environmental movement with the goal of remaking the world in their own image. Twenty-four sessions of the 1992 annual retreat were taped by a professional recording service.

The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise purchased a copy of all 24 tapes and transcribed 8 selected tapes word for word without editing. These transcriptions reveal the hidden agenda of social control that lays behind the public face of environmentalism.

Read the plans of these foundation minions in their own words. Much of what you see happening around you today was orchestrated more than a decade ago by people you never heard of, who are not affected by their own actions, and who care nothing for your well-being.

EGA also originally operated the anti-capitalist Funders' Network on Trade and Globalization, now a project of Community Partners, Inc., of Amherst, Massachusetts.
Changes within the Rockefeller Family Fund resulted in the separation of the Environmental Grantmakers Association in 2007 and its incorporation as a stand-alone entity with substantial help from RFF.

Environmental Grantmakers Association
Revenue and Expenses
- 2007

  Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $1,398,261
Government Grants $0
Program Services $12,004
Investments $13,504
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $31,378
 
Program Services $56,086
Administration $28,434
Other $11,548
Total Expenditures $96,068
   
Total Assets $1,442,062
Total Revenue $1,455,147   NET GAIN/LOSS $1,359,079

Environmental Grantmakers Association
Officers and Directors 2007

Name Title Compensation
DANA LANZA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR $0
DANA LANZA IS ALSO AN EMPLOYEE OF THE ROCKEFELLER FAMILY FUND PROJECT DIRECTOR Salary $99,000
Benefits $31,554
STUART CLARKE CHAIR $0
ANITA NAGER VICE CHAIR $0
AILEEN LEE SECRETARY $0
MIKE PRATT TREASURER $0
GRETCHEN BONFERT BOARD MEMBER $0
PETE MYERS BOARD MEMBER $0
MARNI ROSEN BOARD MEMBER $0
MICHELLE DEPASS BOARD MEMBER $0
ANISA KAMADOLI COSTA BOARD MEMBER $0

 

2000-2001 Sample grants earmarked specifically for Environmental Grantmakers Association or its projects, paid to Rockefeller Family Fund:

Donor Name: The Rockefeller Foundation
Abstract: For matching grant toward
Funders Network on Trade and Globalization, initiative designed to support foundations and other funders in their efforts to promote global relations, policies and institutions that foster sustainable development around the world
Amount: $60,000             Year Authorized: 2001

Donor Name: The McKnight Foundation
Abstract: For annual
Environmental Grantmakers Association Fall Retreat
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 2001

Donor Name: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Abstract: For efforts of
Environmental Grantmakers Association, including annual Fall Retreat, and start-up support for new working group, Funders Network on Trade Globalization
Amount: $68,500             Year Authorized: 2001

Donor Name: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Abstract: For
Environmental Grantmakers' Association Fall retreat and federal and international policy briefings
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 2001

Donor
Name: The Rockefeller Foundation
Abstract: For use by its
Environmental Grantmakers Association toward Funders' Network on Trade and Globalization, initiative designed to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue within foundation community about relevance of international trade and globalization issues
Amount: $22,150             Year Authorized: 2000

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