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The Heinz Cluster

Howard Heinz Endowment (Trust established 1941)
Vira I. Heinz Endowment (established 1986, incorporated 1995)
Heinz Family Foundation (established 1984, incorporated 1992 - also operates as The Heinz Family Philanthropies)
30 DOMINION TOWER 625 LIBERTY AVE
PITTSBURGH, PA 15222

(412) 281-5777 (Endowments)
(412) 497-5775 (Family Foundation)

THE KETCHUP MAFIA

 

 

 


Teresa Heinz Kerry's foundations have given nearly a million dollars in recent years to the League and the environmental groups whose executives sit on the League's 24-member Board of Directors:

  • Natural Resources Defense Council - John Adams (LCV Board)
  • Wilderness Society - William Meadows III (LCV Board)
  • Environmental Defense - Fred Krupp (LCV Board)
  • West Harlem Environmental Action - Peggy Shepard (LCV Board)

Remember 2004? Here's the non-profit Heinz foundation's Kerry for President high dollar scorecard:

  • Direct grants to League of Conservation Voters, 1993-2001: $57,300.

  • Grants to NRDC: 2001-2003: $56,000

  • Grants to Wilderness Society: 2003 - $50,000 (1996: $56,350, cumulative total $106,350)         

  • Grants to Environmental Defense: 2001-2003 - $601,000 (1992-2000 - $2,846,819, cumulative total, $3,447,819)

  • Grants to West Harlem Environmental Action's Peggy Shepard: 2003 - $250,000.

That looks like $964,650 in recent years and about $4 million in the last dozen years. That's a lot of political clout.

It's made headlines, but not with all those numbers:

NEW YORK POST:
JOHN'S ECO-PALS GOT WIFE'S GREENBACKING
By DEBORAH ORIN and BRIAN BLOMQUIST

February 10, 2004 -- An environmental group that has run TV ads boosting Democrat John Kerry yesterday acknowledged getting funds from a foundation headed by his wealthy wife, Teresa - but denied that played any role.

The League of Conservation Voters endorsed Kerry on Jan. 24 - in 2000 it waited to back Al Gore until April when he was the certain nominee.

LCV political director Mark Longabaugh said the group got $57,300 from the Heinz Family Foundation - headed by Mrs. Kerry who is the widow of ketchup heir John Heinz - from 1993 to 2001, including a $2,500 personal contribution from her in 2000.

He said the group's endorsement "was made on the merits of John Kerry's record - he has a 96 percent LCV voting record" and added that LCV so far has spent "six figures" on TV ads to promote Kerry's candidacy but none of that was money from his wife.

Mrs. Kerry's net worth is estimated at over $500 million but the law bars her from donating more than $4,000 to her husband's campaign.

Yeah, sure.


Foundation Facts:

Howard Heinz Endowment
Financial Data (Fiscal Date: 01/12/31 )
Assets Amount: $907,657,792 AM
Expenditures: $50,406,643
Total Giving: $41,130,518
Grants Amount: $41,130,518  Number of Grants: 304
Highest Grant: $3,750,000  Lowest Grant: $2,000
Average Grant: 5,000-100,000
Governing Body/Executive Staff:
Officers and Directors:
Teresa F. Heinz Kerry, Chair.; Maxwell King, Pres.; J.E. Kime, C.F.O.; Ann C. Plunkett, Cont.; Carol R. Brown; Frank V. Cahouet; H. John Heinz IV; Howard M. Love; Shirley Malcom; William H. Rea; Barbara Robinson; Frederick W. Thieman; Mallory Walker.

Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Financial Data (Fiscal Date: 01/12/31 )
Assets Amount: $468,932,556 AM
Expenditures: $23,703,192
Total Giving: $18,506,696
Grants Amount: $18,506,696  Number of Grants: 172
Highest Grant: $1,307,385  Lowest Grant: $1,000
Average Grant: 50,000-200,000
Governing Body/Executive Staff:
Officers and Directors:* James M. Walton*, Chair.; Maxwell King, Pres.; Jack E. Kime, C.F.O.; Ann C. Plunkett, Cont.; Andre T. Heinz;
Teresa F. Heinz Kerry; Wendy MacKenzie; William H. Rea; Barbara K. Robinson; Konrad M. Weis; S. Donald Wiley


Heinz Family Foundation
Financial Data (Fiscal Date: 02/12/31 )
Assets Amount: $69,000,000 AM
Contributions Received: $6,659,935
Expenditures: $7,968,785
Total Giving: $4,858,401
Grants Amount: $3,608,401  Number of Grants: 210
Highest Grant: $1,000,000  Lowest Grant: $250
Average Grant: 250-250,000
Governing Body/Executive Staff:
Officers and Directors:
Teresa F. Heinz Kerry, Chair. and C.E.O.; Jeffrey R. Lewis, Pres.; Wendy Mackenzie, Secy.; S. Donald Wiley, Treas.; Jack E. Kime, C.F.O.; John R. Taylor, C.I.O.; Andre Heinz.

The Heinz Family Foundation operates as "The Heinz Family Philanthropies," according to the website www.hfp.heinz.org, which is deceptive. The website says that the Heinz Family Philanthropies consists of three foundations,

  • The Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation
  • The H. John Heinz III Foundation
  • The Heinz Family Foundation

In fact, the first two "foundations" on this list are not 501(c)(3) foundations at all. They are "funds" fed by private trusts belonging to Teresa Heinz. They aroused suspicion because they are not listed in IRS Publication 78 (the government's index of all tax-exempt organizations).

"The Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation" and "The H. John Heinz III Foundation " are not 501(c)(3) exempt organizations, they are actually "funds" within the Heinz Family Foundation and are totally controlled by Teresa Heinz:

  • The two funds receive their money from separate "charitable lead trusts." A charitable lead trust is a private non-exempt trust that provides payments to others (individuals or organizations) for a term of years, then the trust principal goes to the recipient free of, or at greatly reduced, federal gift and estate tax.
  • In 2001, The Heinz Family Foundation received $6.4 million from The Teresa & H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust (a charitable lead trust) for The Teresa & H. John Heinz III Fund (called a "foundation" on the website).
  • In 2001, The Heinz Family Foundation received $259,525 from The H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust (a charitable lead trust) for The H. John Heinz III Fund (called a "foundation" on the website).
  • Both of these charitable lead trusts are controlled by Teresa Heinz.
  • It is deceptive to call such a confusing setup a "foundation."
  • The point: Teresa Heinz has direct power over more than is visible.

From Undue Influence by Ron Arnold

Mozambique-born Teresa Heinz (Teresa is pronounced "tah-RAY-zah") has had many career profiles: a leading stockholder in the $10 billion H.J. Heinz Company, vice chairman of the 300,000-member Environmental Defense Fund, and chairman of the $907,657,792 Howard Heinz Endowment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; chairman of the $69,000,000 Heinz Family Foundation, member of the board of directors of the $468,932,556 Vira I. Heinz Endowment. She funneled $447,923 to EDF in 1993 through her personal charity, the Heinz Family Foundation and donated $750,000 in 1997 from the Heinz Endowments.

Teresa Heinz, no longer the Audrey-Hepburnesque beauty of the ’60s but still attractive as she enters her ’60s (said one newspaper), has been deeply involved in environmental causes for decades. Very dedicated. Her Heinz Family Foundation’s reports state the following: "Contributes only to pre-selected organizations; unsolicited applications not considered." Absolutely prescriptive.

Wren Winslow Wirth is the wife of Timothy E. Wirth, former Senator from Colorado, former Clinton administration State Department environmental official, president of Ted Turner’s United Nations Fund. He’s the small potatoes of the family. Wren is president of the Winslow Foundation, assets $20,077,168 in 1996, annual grants a little under a million dollars a year, almost all to environmental groups.

Wren sat on the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund from 1983 to 1998, recruited by her close friend (since 1970) Teresa Heinz. Teresa is also treasurer of Wren’s Winslow Foundation. The Winslow Foundation’s reports say, "Grants are made to pre-selected organizations only." Absolutely prescriptive.

Francis W. Hatch is chairman of the Boston-based pharmaceutical-rich John Merck Fund, a former Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, and son-in-law of Serena Merck. He is the top funder of New England environmentalists, $1.4 million in 1993, $1.3 million in ’94, $1.4 million in 1995, and similar grants thereafter. The John Merck Fund’s reports state the following: "The Fund generally supports pre-selected organizations. It discourages the submission of unsolicited applications." Aggressively to absolutely prescriptive.

Socialite Teresa Heinz embodies the power and connections in the intricately networked foundation world. She virtually symbolizes the interlocking nature of environmental funders. "It is an extraordinarily incestuous world out there," said Robert Schaeffer, a Boston-based consultant who represents several groups that are heavily funded by foundations.

The Heinz Endowments, which are really two entities— the Howard Heinz Endowment, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986—give large grants to people Teresa Heinz knows personally, such as environmentalist architect William McDonough, a family friend who once employed Heinz’s son.

McDonough was also a trustee of the W. Alton Jones Foundation for years. McDonough also designed the new headquarters for the Environmental Defense Fund in 1985—and was still one of the five highest paid professional service providers in 1991 at $91,913. He also designed the corporate campus for Gap, Inc. (Gap’s Donald and Doris Fisher give over $2 million a year to environmental groups through their Gap Foundation). He also designed the headquarters of the Heinz Family Offices in 1994. A 1997 Heinz Endowments grant for $50,000 went to the University of Virginia to support the Institute of Sustainable Design and to launch the Center for Sustainable Design and Civic Leadership, McDonough creations.

William McDonough is a Yale graduate and practicing architect, founder of William McDonough & Partners Architects and Planners, which moved from New York in 1994 to Charlottesville, Virginia. He moved because he was appointed Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and resigned as a W. Alton Jones Foundation trustee.

In 1996 the "Green Dean" won the first Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation’s highest environmental award, from President Bill Clinton. How did his name get to the Clinton administration? Teresa’s chum Wren’s husband Tim’s chum Al Gore, maybe?

Extraordinarily incestuous.

McDonough has served as advisor to Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Social Venture Network, both projects of the Tides Center.

Extraordinarily incestuous.

Heinz herself is quite a veteran: in 1989, she helped stop a highway through the Amazon jungle, and in 1984 she and husband Senator John Heinz created a foundation that paid for causes such as a guide to socially responsible grocery shopping and a public relations firm that recruits Hollywood stars to support environmental efforts.

Following the 1991 death of Sen. Heinz in a freak helicopter-plane crash, Teresa Heinz turned the two endowments into aggressive supporters of the environment, mainly in Pennsylvania. In 1993, she made one of the biggest environmental gifts ever, $20 million for the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, a think-tank / research center. The idea was to bring environmental groups, industry, academia and government together to cope with environmental problems. If the track record of such mediatory efforts is any indication, industry will compromise away its ability to do business, piece by piece, year by year.

Teresa Heinz is now the wife of Sen. John Kerry.

The Boston Globe wrote in 1997, "If existing environmental groups can’t do the job, foundations may set up new ones. This year, officials at the Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh set up a $700,000 organization to scrutinize deregulation of the electric industry, complete with a ‘grassroots’ coordinator to whip up support among groups such as the elderly and organized labor."

The League of Conservation Voters has formally endorsed John Kerry as their candidate for the Democratic Party Presidential Nomination.

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient: League
of Conservation Voters Education Fund , DC
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 2001

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
League of Conservation Voters , DC
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $20,000             Year Authorized: 1998

 

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Environmental Defense , NYC , NY
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $150,000             Year Authorized: 2000
 

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Environmental Defense , NYC , NY
Abstract: To develop innovative strategy for reducing non-point source pollution in western Pennsylvania
Amount: $200,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Environmental Defense Fund , DC
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $150,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to examine high-volume chemical production and related environmental impacts
Amount: $320,767             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name: Heinz
Family Foundation
Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Environmental Defense Fund , DC
Abstract: To place Global Warming exhibition on the World Wide Website
Amount: $40,000             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: To promote electricity restructuring and emissions trading to improve air quality in the Commonwealth
Amount: $750,000             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient:
Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: To hire consultant for Environmental Resources Trust
Amount: $50,000             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient
: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: To develop innovative economic strategies to solve Pennsylvania's air quality problem
Amount: $185,000             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient
: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For global warming project
Amount: $50,000             Year Authorized: 1995

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 1995

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For Pulp and Paper Task Force
Amount: $50,000             Year Authorized: 1993

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient
: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For second payment for Pulp and Paper Task Force
Amount: $50,000             Year Authorized: 1993

Foundation Name:
Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund , NYC , NY
Abstract: For operating support for design of Center for Environmental Science and Economics
Amount: $347,923             Year Authorized: 1993

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz
Endowment
Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund , DC
Abstract: To cover anticipated expenses to help design Center for Environmental Science and Economics
Amount: $203,129             Year Authorized: 1992

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient: Massachusetts Public Interest
Research Group Education Fund , Boston , MA
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name:
Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: National Parks and Conservation Association , DC
Abstract: For National Parks Business Plan Initiative Phase III
Amount: $20,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name:
Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: National Parks and Conservation Association , DC
Abstract: To support participation of Heinz School of Public Policy student in Business Plan Initiative (BPI)
Amount: $12,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name:
Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Wilderness Society , DC
Abstract: To develop revolving loan for green-certified forest products
Amount: $56,350             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides
Center - Western Pennsylvania , Pittsburgh , PA
Abstract: For Sustainable Pittsburgh
Amount: $300,000             Year Authorized: 2001

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center - Western Pennsylvania , Pittsburgh , PA
Abstract: For Sprout Fund, grassroots-oriented community initiatives fund
Amount: $87,500             Year Authorized: 2001

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Tides Center , DC
Abstract: For Minority Women Vote project
Amount: $25,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: To develop plan and strategic activities for revitalization of Oakland with particular focus on environmental factors
Amount: $20,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Sustainable Pittsburgh project
Amount: $350,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Funders' Forum on Environmental Education (F2E2)
Amount: $20,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name: Vira I.
Heinz Endowment
Recipient:
Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project
Amount: $99,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name:
Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For initiative aimed at improving quality of services for youth, ages 12-18
Amount: $50,000             Year Authorized: 2000

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Tides Center , DC
Abstract: For Social Policy Action Network's project on public values and early childhood issues
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project, program to promote renewable energy and ecological design in Western and central Pennsylvania
Amount: $75,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Sustainable Pittsburgh, initiative that will create framework to guide policies and development decisions in western Pennsylvania
Amount: $300,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy project
Amount: $125,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Phase II of Chemical Strategies Partnership (CSP)
Amount: $240,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For continued implementation of programs and services of Pittsburgh-based Green Building Alliance
Amount: $300,000             Year Authorized: 1999

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project
Amount: $160,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For continued operating support of Chemical Strategies Partnership in Pennsylvania
Amount: $220,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For continued support to advance green building design and construction through Green Building Alliance
Amount: $300,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Green Building Alliance technical support of convention center design
Amount: $800,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: To advance green building design and construction through Green Building Alliance
Amount: $200,000             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For operating support for Chemical Strategies Partnership in Pennsylvania
Amount: $200,500             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: To develop new logo and brochure for Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, and for membership
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For California Environmental Associates planning grant to research, evaluate and interview Pennsylvania companies to potentially participate in Chemical Strategies Partnership
Amount: $43,500             Year Authorized: 1997

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Metropolitics Pittsburgh proposal
Amount: $41,500             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project
Amount: $170,000             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For continued core support of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families during strategic planning period
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name:
Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Center , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For Pennsylvania Energy Project
Amount: $400,000             Year Authorized: 1996

Foundation Name:
Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient:
Tides Foundation , DC
Abstract: For Environmental Working Group Project
Amount: $45,000             Year Authorized: 1995

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Foundation , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For start-up support to Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Education Fund for industrial ecology, green design and other projects by industries and companies in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere
Amount: $72,500             Year Authorized: 1995

Foundation Name: Vira I. Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Foundation , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: For start-up support to Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Education Fund for industrial ecology, green design and other projects by industries and companies in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere
Amount: $72,500             Year Authorized: 1995

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Tides Foundation , San Francisco , CA
Abstract: Toward making transition from being program of Council on Foundations to becoming quasi-independent organization
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 1995

Foundation Name: Heinz Family Foundation
Recipient: National Wildlife Federation , DC
Abstract: For general operating support
Amount: $22,000             Year Authorized: 1993

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: National Environmental Trust , DC
Abstract: For Clean and Affordable Energy Campaign
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 1998

Foundation Name: Howard Heinz Endowment
Recipient: Pennsylvania Conservation Voters Education League , West Brownsville , PA
Abstract: To carry out voter education programs on environmental issues
Amount: $40,000             Year Authorized: 2001

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