Utah Wilderness Alliance|
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Description: Regional anti-resource organization pushing for the
eradication of natural resource extraction and production and
against private property rights. Began in 1983 as local grassroots
wilderness group, taken over in 1988 by moneyed out-of-state
interests for a highly-politicized national Democratic Party agenda.
Now dominated by absentee
multimillionaires who use local artists, writers, politicians and
academicians for public relations. After these charges were first
made, SUWA has decorated its board of directors with more locals,
but the absentee rich men remain -- in fact, SUWA's current chairman
of the board is also chairman of a multinational corporation based
in Switzerland. They want the locals out of the desert and nobody
gets to use its resources, which include the richest clean coal bed
in the world. SUWA is rich guys doing a little rural cleansing
to make the desert safe for rich guys.
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance financial condition 2000
Board of Directors, Southern Utah Wilderness
HANSJORG WYSS, CHAIRMAN
TERRY TEMPEST-WILLIAMS, TRUSTEE
CINDY SHOGAN, TRUSTEE
JANET ROSS, TRUSTEE
MARK RISTOW, TREASURER
LAWRENCE YOUNG, EXECUTIVE DIR
TRENT ALVEY, TRUSTEE
CHIP WARD, TRUSTEE
WILSON, VICE CHAIRMAN
GREG MINER, SECRETARY
DARRELL KNUFFKE, TRUSTEE
JOHANNA WALD, TRUSTEE
BERT FINGERHUT, TRUSTEE
WAYNE OWENS, TRUSTEE
chairman and multimillionaire.
SUWA donor and trustee since 1996.
US base, Paoli,
Pennsylvania; part-time, Tucson, Arizona.
Since 1977, chief executive officer of Swiss-based
computer-assisted orthopedic surgery.
Director, Applied Extrusion Technologies, plastics firm.
Director, BE Aerospace, Inc. Purchased 800,000 shares of the company for
$6.5 million in 2000.
Trustee of the Wilderness Society.
Founder, director and donor of the Wyss Foundation, in which Bert Fingerhut
serves as trustee.
Long-time high-dollar donor to Democratic Party committees and candidates.
Profiles of other SUWA directors:
multi-millionaire. 1965 to 1983:
General partner, executive
Oppenheimer & Company, Inc., New York City investment banking and brokerage
firm. 1984 to 1985:
special limited partner
and senior vice
president, Odyssey Partners,
private investment partnership. May 1998:
Chairman of the board and acting
officer of Cortech, Inc., biotechnology research firm,
director since 1988. Chairman of Cortec board,
June 1991 - April 1997.
Chairman of the board
of directors, Toxics
Targeting, private company based in Ithaca, N.Y. that tracks information on
toxic waste sites. Long-time high-dollar donor to Democratic
Party committees and candidates.
Mark Ristow, treasurer. Indiana
resident. SUWA trustee since 1991, treasurer since 1993. Attorney, CPA,
investor, Russel & Ristow Capital Associates. Ten years as Nature Conservancy
trustee. Long-time high-dollar donor to Democrat Party committees. Donated
$3,000 to Utah Rep. Wayne Owens election campaign; Owens is now a SUWA trustee.
Utah native, nature writer and feminist. Former
naturalist, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
and Utah Museum of Natural History. Shirley Sutton
Thomas Visiting Professor of English at the University of Utah.
Resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with husband Brooke.
executive director, Alaska Wilderness League, Washington,
Janet Ross, moved from Missouri
to Utah; founder
executive director of Four Corners
School of Outdoor Education, Monticello, Utah.
visual artist for environmental
organizations, owner and founder of Trent Alvey Design,
Salt Lake City.
Chip Ward, founder West Desert
Healthy Environment Alliance (HEAL). Former bookmobile driver, currently
Development Services Manager for the Utah
State Library Division, Salt Lake City. Author: Canaries
on the Rim.
Wilson, vice chairman. Former Salt Lake City
Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.
Del Smith, owner, Eagle Crag
Ventures, Rockville, Utah, outdoor guide.
Miner, Park City, Utah.
Darrell Knuffke, International
Fall, Minnesota. Trustee, Northern Minnesotans for Wilderness. Former director,
National Outdoor Leadership School. Vice president, Wilderness Society. Married
to National Park Service official.
Johanna Wald, senior
attorney, and Land Program Director,
Natural Resources Defense
Wayne Owens, former U.S.
Representative, one term 1973-75, 4 terms 1987-1993; failed 1992 Senate bid.
chairman, Center for Middle
East Peace and Economic Cooperation; 1995,
president. Member of the
boards of Defenders of Wildlife and The International Crisis Group.
Jim Baca, former Director,
Bureau of Land Management (Department of the Interior) fired after 9 months of
arrogance against citizens; former Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, lost
re-election bid in 2001.
Former executive director, Mike
Matz, now director,
Pew Wilderness Center, Washington, D.C. Also board member,
Alaska Wilderness League (see Cindy Shogan).
Former executive director,
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Previously chairman,
Alaska Coalition; Washington director,
Sierra Club public lands program.
Grants to Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance:
1 Aquarius Plateau Foundation 1998 assets: $235,572. Original
donor and current top officer: David Mock, investor. To SUWA 1995
2 Beldon Fund
1997 revenue: $203,989. Original donor and current top officer: John
R. Hunting, founder of Steelcase, office furniture manufacturer.
Beldon II Fund 1998 assets:106,998,330. Original donors: William
Upjohn and John R. Hunting. Current top officer: John R. Hunting. To
SUWA, $15,000 1998; $12,500.
3 Compton Foundation 1998 assets: $108,764,621. Original donor:
William H. Danforth, Purina Mills (now Ralston Purina) feed empire.
Current top officer: James R. Compton, Danforth heir. SUWA 1997
Educational Foundation of America 1998 assets: $240,888,907.
Original donor: Richard Prentice Ettinger and family, Prentice-Hall
publishing fortune. Current top officer: Barbara Ettinger, chair;
SUWA 1998 $100,000 2-yr grant.
Foundation for Deep Ecology 1998 assets: $174,570,494 Original
donor and current top officer:
Tompkins, Esprit clothing fortune; SUWA 1998 $10,000.
6 General Service Foundation 1998 assets: $61,466,035. Original
donor: Clifton R. Musser and Margaret K. Musser; Clifton was a
director of Weyerhauser Company and Potlatch Lumber Company. Current
top officer: Robert Musser, a SUWA trustee and an Environmental
Defense Fund trustee. SUWA 1997 $5,000.
7 Gerhard Family Foundation 1997 assets: $5,147,483. Original
donor and current top officer: Lang Gerhard, senior partner West
Highland Capital. SUWA $10,000
8 Harder Foundation 1998 assets: $22,363,089. Original donor:
Delmar S. Harder, General Motors executive, Current top officer: Del
Langbauer, Harder heir. SUWA 1998 $18,500.
9 Homeland Foundation 1998 assets: $36,105,841. Original donor
and current top officer: Anne Getty Earhart, granddaughter of J.
Paul Getty; she received $400 million when Getty Oil sold to Texaco
in 1988, now worth $740 million. SUWA 1998 $10,000.
10 W. Alton Jones Foundation 1998 assets: $414,449,814. Original
donor: W. Alton "Pete" Jones, Citgo Oil Company chief. Current top
officer: Patricia Jane Edgerton, daughter of Jones. Current
executive, John Peterson "Pete" Myers, formerly National Audubon
Society. SUWA 1993 $30,000.
11 Kenney Watershed Protection Foundation 1998 assets:
$4,361,826. Original donor: William C. Kenney Administrative Trust,
funds partly from gift by Horace Kenney, Massachusetts industrialist
in car thermostat business. Current top officer: Mary Peterson. SUWA
12 New-Land Foundation 1998 assets: $36,320,323. Original donor:
Dr. Muriel Gardiner Buttinger, heiress to two Chicago meat packing
fortunes, Morris and Swift. SUWA 1995 $15,000; 1992: $15,000; 1990
13 Peradam Foundation 1998 assets: $1,095,479. Original donors
and current sole officers: Robert and Anita Spertus. SUWA 1995,
Pew Charitable Trusts 1998 assets: $4.9 billion. Original donor:
Joseph Newton Pew, founder of Sun Oil Company. Current executive
officer: Rebecca Rimel; current environment program director: Joshua
Reichert. SUWA 1996 $100,000, 1999 $875,000.
15 Rockefeller Family Fund 1998 assets: $58,513,574. Original
donors: Nelson, Laurance, David, John D. III, and Martha
Rockefeller. Current top officer: Anne Bartley, president, a
Rockefeller, investor. SUWA 1989 $25,000.
Schumann Foundation 1998 assets: $90,976,760. Original donors:
John and Florence Schumann. John Schumann was a Florida
newspaperman, appointed postmaster in 1934 by President Franklin
Roosevelt and served for 10 years, founded WTTB, first radio station
in Indian River County, was a leader in the emerging citrus
industry, a member of the Florida Citrus Commission, a founding
director of several local banks and a credit union, and a charter
member of many service and social organizations. Current top
William D. (Bill) Moyers, president. Moyers is an award winning
television personality, editor-in-chief of PBS’s Bill Moyers’
Journal. He earlier served as Press Secretary to President Lyndon
Johnson, after serving on Johnson’s Senate staff. SUWA 1992,
17 Benjamin Spencer Fund 1998 assets: $13,841,724. Original funder
and current top officer: Hope Aldrich, a Rockefeller, New Mexico
newspaper publisher and the richest person in New Mexico. SUWA 1998
18 Tortuga Foundation 1998 assets: $17,225,467. Original Donors:
William S. Breed III, Joan L. Tweedy, 3M heir. Both she and her
husband, Richard Tweedy ’41, ’48 LL.B, have strong individual and
family ties to Yale. Joan Tweedy is the sister of Gilman Ordway, a
1947 Yale College graduate who operates a ranch in Wyoming, is a
director of the Wilderness Society, and has been a generous
supporter of the university. Joan’s father, Samuel G. Ordway, a 3M
heir, was a 1908 Yale College graduate. Yale graduates in Richard
Tweedy’s family include his father, Class of 1897, and sons David B.
Tweedy ’73, Richard B. Tweedy, Jr. ’74, and Jonathan W. Tweedy ’79.
Current top officer: Mildred Siceloff, president. SUWA $25,000.
19 Town Creek Foundation 1998 assets: $60,575,167. Original donor
and current top officer: Edmund A. Stanley, former president and CEO
of Bowne & Co., Inc., a corporate and financial printer, former
Wilderness Society board member. 1998 $25,000 for Phantom Road
project. SUWA 1997 $15,000; 1993 $10,000; 1992 $10,000; 1988 $5,000.
20 Underhill Foundation 1998 assets: $15,595,802. Original donor:
Gladys R. Underhill, a Rockefeller heiress. Current top officer,
David Elliman, nuclear power investor, grandson of Avery
Rockefeller. SUWA $5,000.
21 Walton Family Foundation 1998 assets: $547,887,222. Original
donors: Walton family members and the Helen R. Walton Nonqualified
Charitable Trust. Current top officer: Helen R. Walton, widow of Sam
Walton. They were co-founders of Wal-Mart Stores. SUWA 1998 $10,000.
22 Weeden Foundation 1997 assets: $25,341,788. Original donor:
Frank Weeden, other Weeden family members. Weeden & Co., is a
pre-eminent securities company. Current top officer: Alan N. Weeden,
president, one of 4 sons of Frank Weeden and a principal of Weeden &
Company. SUWA 1990 $10,000; 1992 $10,000; 1993 $10,000.
23 Wild Wings Foundation 1996 assets: $6,017,497. Original donor:
Rockefeller Charitable Trust, Anna M. Rockefeller Charitable Trust.
Current top officer: Christopher Elliman, grandson of Avery
Rockefeller. SUWA $8,000.
24 Winslow Foundation 1998 assets: $24,593,350. Original donor:
Julia D. Winslow. Current top officer: Wren Winslow Wirth, wife of
Timothy Wirth (former Colorado Senator, former Clinton
administration State Department environment officer, currently of
Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation). SUWA $10,000.
25 Wyss Foundation 1998 assets: $36,075,964. Original funder and
current top officer: Hansjorg Wyss, Director, President and Chief
Executive 1989 1996 Officer of Synthes (U.S.A.), Ltd., manufacturers
and distributors of orthopedic implants and instruments; currently a
director of Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc., and a director of
BE Aerospace. Bert Fingerhut is a trustee. SUWA 1998 $50,000.
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