Environment Committee History

EFA’s environmental grantmaking began in the wake of the 3 Mile Island incident in New York State in 1979. From 1980 to 2010, EFA invested over $70 million in environmental grants, focusing on shareholder activism, reforming tax subsidies, and ocean acidification. In 2010, EFA focused its environmental portfolio to address climate change in the United States by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

EFA is a proud member of several affinity groups, including the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, serving in the Marine Conservation Chapter as well as the Climate and Energy Funders Group. The Foundation is a founding member of Divest-Invest Philanthropy and serves on the steering committee of this watershed initiative. In keeping with the Foundation’s long history of socially responsible investing, EFA divested its endowment of fossil fuel interests as of 2014.