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Stupid Cancer—An Unparalleled Resource for Young Adults with Cancer

Mission

Stupid cancer logoThe Stupid Cancer organization aims to improve the health outcomes of young adults with cancer and to empower and support them.

Headquarters

The Stupid Cancer headquarters are located in New York City.

Region

The organization operates throughout the United States.

Supported causes

Stupid Cancer supports a range of on-the-ground events and online programs. From 2012 until 2016, the Stupid Cancer road trip traveled across the United States every April to raise money for and awareness about young adult cancer. The organization also launched Planet Cancer, a global digital platform aimed at helping young adults with the illness. In 2010, Planet Cancer published a book about cancer and the platform was subsequently purchased by LIVESTRONG in 2013. Between 2008 and 2016, Stupid Cancer held the OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults, which became known as the event that defined the young-adult cancer movement and that would serve as the global voice for the community.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Stupid Cancer funds projects that raise awareness about young adults with cancer and that help establish a supportive community for them and their families.

Funded Organizations/Projects

Currently, two on-the-ground events are being run by Stupid Cancer—an annual four-day conference and several local meetups. Cancercon is a conference held in Denver, Colorado every year where young adults with cancer meet and participate in workshops, group discussions, and a range of social activities. Stupid Cancer meetups allow anyone affected by young-adult cancer to meet and interact with peers in the same situation in their local area. Meetups are held at parks, bowling alleys, and other social venues. Online programs include regional support groups, shows, and an informative blog.

The Foundation’s History

In 1995, a young 21-year-old concert pianist named Matthew Zachary was diagnosed with brain cancer and was told he would not live longer than another six months. Because of a lack of resources about young-adult cancer, Matthew and his family were offered minimal comfort and support. In 2004, nine years after his diagnosis, Matthew founded Steps for Living, which then became the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation in 2007. In 2012, the foundation became known as Stupid Cancer.

In 2007, Stupid Cancer was listed by TIME Magazine as one of its Best 50 Websites and by FOX News as one of its Top 10 Healthcare Blogs. In 2010, MTV described Stupid Cancer as “the dominant youth cancer nonprofit” and in 2011, the Washington Post credited Stupid Cancer as “an unparalleled resource for cancer patients in their teens, 20s, and 30s.”

Foundation Contact Info

40 Worth St, Suite 808
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 619-1040

Dr. Colin Greer

Industry

Philanthropist, Author

Early Career

Dr. Colin Greer’s professional life began as a professor at CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Dr. Greer directed several published research studies at both CUNY and Columbia University on the topics of U.S. immigration policy and urban schooling policy and history. His expertise on these and other socio-economic policies would later come to the attention of leading politicians.

Business

Dr. Greer is a prolific author, with an extensive list of critically-acclaimed books such as The Plain Truth of Things and A Call to Character, co-authored with Herbert Kohl. His two best-known works are The Great School Legend and Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling, for which he was awarded the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Intellectual Freedom Award.

Dr. Greer was the founding editor of Social Policy Magazine and Change Magazine. For the past 17 years, he has been a regular contributing editor to Parade Magazine. In this capacity, he interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev and Bishop Desmond Tutu, among other world leaders.

Dr. Greer also enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and stage scripts. His poetry has been published in Hanging Loose and Transformations. Bombed, a play that Dr. Greer wrote about the bombing of Hiroshima, was staged in New York City in 2015. Two other plays, Spinoza’s Solitude and Imagining Heschel, are part of a collection called Religious Differences Between Artichokes published by Lantern Books. Recently, Dr. Greer has become an active blogger and his articles can be found on his website.

Politics

Dr. Greer chaired the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation for a decade. During his tenure from 1992-1994, he chaired the White House Internship Financial Aid Committee. His expertise on the topics of education and philanthropy as well as the government’s role in supporting philanthropies and social justice made Dr. Greer a much sought-after resource for politicians, particularly former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Greer wrote briefing papers on philanthropy and government for Clinton and prepared talking points and position papers on education policy for Senator Paul Wellstone.

Philanthropy & Sponsorship

Dr. Greer has been serving as president of the New World Foundation since 1985. The New World Foundation is committed to creating channels for economic equality, democratic participation, educational excellence, equal access to healthcare, and the protection of civil and workers’ rights as well as pursuing peace throughout the world.

In addition to serving as president of the New World Foundation, Dr. Greer serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the LARK Play Development Center. In addition, he sits on the Boards of Alternet, the New York City Interfaith Center, the Center for Social Inclusion, The Opportunity Agenda, openDemocracy/USA, the American Institute for Mental Imagery, the Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and Tikkun Magazine.

Open Philanthropy Project

Open Philanthropy Project

Name

Open Philanthropy Project

Mission

Two visionary organizations were merged into one joint philanthropic effort—the Open Philanthropy Project.

Give Well, a charity evaluator was founded in 2007 by Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hanson. Good Ventures, a foundation was co-founded by Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz in 2011. In both cases, the founders were interested in donating to causes that would help humanity on a global scale. Because of their shared vision, the decision was made to join forces and the Open Philanthropy Project was born in 2014.

In 2017, the Project began to operate independently. The primary funders of the Open Philanthropy Project are Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz.

The mission of the Open Philanthropy Project is to give effectively throughout the world, to create a foundation upon which the work they support can be replicated by others. Their vision is of a day “when every person’s needs are met and each of us is empowered to shape our own life.”

Headquarters

San Francisco, California

Operating Regions

The Open Philanthropy Project funds organizations across the United States and Canada, as well as abroad, including Europe.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: https://www.openphilanthropy.org
Email: info@openphilanthropy.org
Address: 182 Howard Street #225, San Francisco, CA 94105

Supported Causes

The Open Philanthropy Project makes long-term investments in causes that are addressing systemic challenges in the world, such the financial, emotional and physical costs of Alzheimer’s disease, pursuing criminal justice reform, preventing pandemics etc.

The Project has set four basic focus areas, that are very broad, allowing for flexibility and freedom when considering grantees. They are:

  • Global Health & Development
  • U.S. Policy
  • Scientific Research
  • Global Catastrophic Risks

Grants/Awards Programs

Within U.S. Policy, the Project is focused on macroeconomic stabilization, criminal justice reform, immigration policy, land use reform and farm animal welfare.

Within Scientific Research, the Project is focused on the science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, human health and wellbeing, transformative basic science, science policy and infrastructure, and scientific innovation: tools and techniques.

Within Global Catastrophic Risks, the Project is focused on potential risks from artificial intelligence and biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

Specific focus areas within Global Health & Development are still being developed.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The New World Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Community-based organizations and social movements that aim to change the paradigm in their state or region receive priority consideration. The Foundation is especially concerned about collaborating with organizations and individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The Foundation prefers to provide operating support rather than fund specific programs. This aligns with the Foundation’s focus on strengthening leaders and community-based organizations so they can create the initiatives needed in their communities. To this end, the Foundation provides multi-year operating grants that not only allow programmatic activities to flourish but create an environment for new leaders to emerge and succeed.

Funded Organizations/Projects

This is a short list of projects that were funded by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2018.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund. A general support grant was made to support the Fund’s efforts to pass criminal justice reform legislation and other policy reform initiatives.

University of Bern. A grant was made to support a pilot project at the University to bring the Switzerland cage-free systems to the U.S. The project includes installation of equipment and education for US egg producers and the USDA about management of a cage-free system.

Working Families Party. A special grant was provided to support the Working Families Party’s efforts to bring about criminal justice reform, particularly to recruit and elect representatives who will pursue legislative and regulatory reform.

Nuclear Threat Initiative. A three-year grant was made to support the work of the Initiative to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention and reduce the risks of biological threats across the globe.

The New World Foundation

The New World Foundation

Name

The New World Foundation

Mission

The New World Foundation was founded in 1954 by Anita McCormick Blaine. “The New World Foundation aims to bring about better international understanding and a condition in which …all people might live in amity, and in recognition of their responsibility toward one another.” (Anita Blaine) Its mission is to eradicate apathy in the American political system and to cultivate and create pathways for individuals to become advocates and change agents.

Headquarters

New York City, New York.

Operating Regions

The New World Foundation seeks to maximize its impact by providing cluster operating grants in regions where several organizations can collaborate to bring maximum resources to address the needs in their communities.

Regions with a higher demographic of impoverished and working poor receive priority. By focusing its grantmaking in this way, the Foundation can also contribute to building solidarity among stakeholders and encourage organizations to move past the single-issue mindset.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: https://newwf.org/
Email: reception@newwf.org

Adress: 680 West End Avenue, #1C New York, NY 10025

Telephone: (212) 249-1023

Supported Causes

In the initial years after its founding, the New World Foundation focused primarily on funding educational initiatives and programs that created positive dialogue between constituent groups and international governments. In its second decade, the Foundation expanded its focus to include civil rights and political organizations. Today, the Foundation also supports programs related to economic development, climate and food justice, and immigration reform.

Grants/Awards Programs

The New World Foundation provides operating grants. Funded organizations may also be eligible for:

  • Technical Assistance: To help an organization improve its operational capacity.
    Seed Grants and Matching Grants: These are for startup initiatives, and to build sustainability in focus areas.
  • Small Discretionary Grants: On an infrequent basis, the Foundation may find it valuable to provide emergency assistance to help an organization cover its cash-flow deficit, develop marketing materials for pitches to new donors or cover the cost of travel to institutional capacity-building workshops.
  • Special Project Grants: These grants support new ideas and new influencers at the local level.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The New World Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Community-based organizations and social movements that aim to change the paradigm in their state or region receive priority consideration. The Foundation is especially concerned about collaborating with organizations and individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The Foundation prefers to provide operating support rather than fund specific programs. This aligns with the Foundation’s focus on strengthening leaders and community-based organizations so they can create the initiatives needed in their communities. To this end, the Foundation provides multi-year operating grants that not only allow programmatic activities to flourish but create an environment for new leaders to emerge and succeed.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  • The New Majority Fund
    The New Majority Fund is engaged in labor organizing and initiatives in immigrant communities to fight against exploitation, poor working conditions, and unsafe residential environments.
    The New Majority Fund collaborates with the Phoenix Fund for Workers and Communities. The Foundation has supported worker centers and national advocacy channels focused on labor and immigration rights.
  • Climate Action Fund
    The New World Fund supports the work of the Climate Action Fund to reverse the impacts of fossil fuels on global climate change, funding leading organizations across the globe in countries including Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, India, Thailand, South Africa, and the Philippines.
  • Civil Opportunities Initiative Network
    The New World Foundation funded the project launch of the Civil Opportunities Initiative Network, identifying 21 at-risk high school graduates from five states who would be supported and tracked through their 4-year college education. In addition to monetary support, the Foundation provided mentorship, internship and networking opportunities that were designed to increase the students’ chances for college success and becoming leaders in their communities.

The Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation

Name

The Awesome Foundation

Mission

The Awesome Foundation is a global movement devoted to funding grassroots projects around the world. Its vision is to recognize the individual and the ideas that come from ordinary people who want to do something to change the world. They created a funding vehicle whereby nothing, not even bureaucracy and paperwork, will stifle creativity and hinder a project from reaching its full potential.

Headquarters

Boston, Massachusetts.

Operating Region

The Awesome Foundation operates 89 chapters located in 18 countries around the world. Each chapter acts autonomously, pooling their own money from ten or more micro-trustees. The chapter makes funding decisions independently.

Supported Causes

The Awesome Foundation chapters decide what causes and projects to support. Interest areas are not bordered but are governed primarily by chapter location and the interests of the chapter members.

Grants/Awards Programs

Awesome Foundation chapters award a $1000 grant every month to support an awesome idea. Chapters are a collective of individuals who pool their private monthly donations of $100 to reach the $1000 that is available to fund projects. Chapters are typically formed around shared ideologies, causes, hobbies and other factors that bring people together.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The Awesome Foundation looks for projects that will have a wide reach, with a preference for applicants who will contribute to their own community. Applicants can be individuals, organizations or citizen’s advocacy groups. Projects can focus on the arts, community development, technology training and any other area that will create change in a community. The foundation particularly favors ideas that are novel in their approach to the issue being addressed, or that are experimental. The key word is “awesome.”

Funded Projects

The Awesome Foundation has funded thousands of initiatives. Here are two projects that were funded in 2018:

  • Oaktown Ballers, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. Oakland Ballers is devoted to creating opportunities for at-risk boys and girls to become proficient in the sport of baseball. A special effort is made to provide baseball skills training to minority girls, so they can compete in games. A long-term outcome is leadership development and educational achievement.
  • Ciclochard is a unique initiative of a Milan homeless assistance agency. For many years, a group of volunteers has been providing hot meals and drinks to the homeless. However, they learned that what the homeless yearned for was connection. A group of 110 volunteers is working with the homeless to access community-based projects that give them connection, responsibility and a sense of self-worth.

Foundation’s History

The Awesome Foundation was launched by Tim Hwang in 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hwang wanted to create a channel whereby simple, but impactful ideas of individuals could receive a modest amount of funding. He organized a group of 10 friends and launched what would become the Awesome Foundation.

The application process was online and very simple. Hwang and his original group of trustees found that $1,000 was small enough to not worry about accountability but large enough to give life to projects and ideas. The projects they funded did not stop once the money ran out. They secured the attention of the public, drawing more support so they could grow and become annual or ongoing projects.

Craig Kielburger

Place of BirthCraig Kielburger

Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Industry

Activism, Philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship

Education

Craig Kielburger graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He then completed the dual-school Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program.

Early Career

When Craig Kielburger was just 12 years old in 1995, he read about the story of a 12-year-old Pakistani boy, Iqbal Masih, who was murdered on account of his efforts to end child slavery in carpet mills. The story of Masih’s activism and fate taught Kielburger that one person could indeed make a difference in the world. He enlisted his brother and classmates in his efforts and launched an advocacy group called Kids Can Free the Children. One of the group’s first projects was a petition campaign to free children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, who was imprisoned by the Indian government.

No longer content with just reading stories in newspapers, Kielburger traveled to Southeast Asia to get a first-hand look at the conditions there. Despite his request being initially denied, Kielburger managed to arrange a meeting with Jean Chretien, who was prime minister of Canada at the time and who was also visiting the region. The meeting garnered media attention in Canada and around the world. Kielburger eventually was interviewed on 60 Minutes and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, both of which increased the visibility of Free the Children, which went on to become WE Charity.

Philanthropy

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur. He is the founder of a global social movement dedicated to empowering people to change their communities. With his brother Marc, Craig Kielburger built a network of international philanthropic projects that are providing comprehensive solutions to help move disadvantaged people out of poverty.

WE Charity is the parent organization of several initiatives, including WE Schools, WE Day, WE Villages, and ME to WE.

WE Schools is a unique, year-long educational program delivered to thousands of schools across North America and the UK that cultivates compassion in young people and gives them the tools to generate transformative social impact. WE Schools provides a unique curriculum and educational resources to inspire students to find the local and global issues that they are passionate about and to take action on them.

WE Day is a series of arena-sized events that bring together the best speakers and performers to celebrate the efforts of young people who have made a difference by taking at least one local and one global action through WE Schools.

WE Villages works to empower people and transform communities in developing countries through a unique, holistic, and sustainable approach that seeks to tackle the most common causes of poverty, which are a lack of education, water, health, food, and opportunity.

ME to WE is a social enterprise that sells products through which people can make an impact on the world and the proceeds of which go to a constructive social cause. More than 50% of these proceeds are reinvested in the WE Charity.

Accomplishments and Special Recognition

  • Youngest individual to graduate from Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program
  • Awarded 15 honorary doctorate and other degrees in recognition of his extensive work in human rights and education.
  • Publisher of 12 books, frequently on the New Times Best Seller List.
  • The CAW Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award
  • The Order of Canada
  • The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child
  • Voted as one of the most trusted influencers in Canada by a Reader’s Digest poll
  • Named with his brother Marc in 2015 as Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the Broader Public Sector
  • All info from: www.craigkielburger.com
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Timothy Hwang

Timothy Hwang

Place of Birth

East Lansing, Michigan

Industry

Software, Data & Media

Timothy Hwang
Timothy Hwang

Early Career

Timothy Hwang completed his secondary education in Potomac, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Just prior to graduation in 2013, Hwang and two high-school friends founded FiscalNote. Even though admitted to Harvard Business School, Hwang made the decision to postpone his admission in order to invest full-time attention to his startup.

Business

FiscalNote, Hwang’s startup began as a legislative tracking software package for state legislatures. It became a corporation in 2013 and moved to Washington, D.C. where Hwang and his friends were successful in securing multiple rounds of venture capital. In fact, since its founding, FiscalNote has raised more than $230 million in venture capital and acquisition financing from a broad group of funders including Steve Case, Mark Cuban, The Economist, Renren, S&P Global, and Jerry Yang.

With strong financial funding and the commitment of its founders, FiscalNote grew to become one of the largest software employers in Washington, D.C. It created such a monumental impact that Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of D.C. initiated a collaboration with the company in 2017. FiscalNote would offer a revolutionary technology for the city’s job training and economic development initiatives.

In 2018 FiscalNote acquired CQ Roll Call Group a media and news company previously owned by The Economist Group. This acquisition enabled FiscalNote to advance its goals of becoming a leading source of news, data and analysis for all branches of government. Combining leading-edge technology, FiscalNote offers its consumers access to the best data-driven journalism and news products.

Today, FiscalNote has offices in Washington, D.C., India, Seoul, Baton Rouge, New York City and Brussels. It is powering up the offices of nearly 5,000 of the largest and most prominent governments, law firms and legal departments in the world.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Timothy Hwang’s philanthropy began early in life. When he was only 14 years of age, he launched his first philanthropic initiative—Operation Fly. Hwang was inspired by what he experienced on several church missions to Guatemala. Hwang’s non-profit ran programs to benefit inner-city youth in some of the country’s poorest cities.

While a student at Princeton, Hwang co-founded the National Youth Association, which was a lobby organization that would focus on youth issues at the national level.

Hwang is on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region and on the Board of Afterschool Alliance. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the Young Presidents Organization and is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

From 2009-2010, Hwang served on the Montgomery County Board of Education, an elected position, where he oversaw a massive $2.3 billion operating budget, a $1.2 billion capital improvement plan and an employee base of roughly 22,000 people.

During the candidacy of former president Barak Obama, Hwang served as youth regional field organizer, a position he held from 2007-2008. In this capacity, Hwang was responsible for organizing events for high school and college students in the states of Virginia, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Name

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Mission

The mission of Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is to stem the tide of illiteracy among students in Canadian schools. With a special focus on at-risk communities, the Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every school has the literacy resources it needs to help students gain critical reading skills. Indigo Love of Reading Foundation hopes to bring about a transformation among Canada’s youth who will develop a life-long love for reading.

Since its founding in 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, the Indigo Corporation, and its customers and employees have raised more than $29 million to launch literacy programs and purchase books for school libraries at more than 3,000 schools across Canada. More than 900,000 students have benefitted from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation programs.

Supported causes

The Indigo Foundation believes that if students have access to books that engage their attention, they will develop a love for reading. This love of reading, which builds literacy skills, will set them on a path to academic achievement. The Foundation focuses on at-risk schools because the lack of resources in lower income communities adds another barrier to success. If these kids can succeed in education, they can step out of their limitations and go on to become social and economic peers in their country.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: https://www.loveofreading.org/en
Email: loveofreading@indigo.ca

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The Foundation operates two primary funding programs: The Indigo Adopt a School Program and the Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant.

  • Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund- The Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund accepts grant proposals from schools across Canada. Each year, the Foundation awards $1.5 million to support libraries in high-needs schools. The grant is for three years. In the first year, the school receives 10% in the form of cash which can be invested in literacy programs designed by teachers and school administrators. The final 90% of the grant award comes in the form of a draw-down account at Indigo that can be used to purchase books at Indigo, Coles, and Chapters. Prices are reduced by 30% to grantees. Since 2004, the Foundation has provided Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grants to 275 at-risk elementary schools.
  • Indigo Adopt-a-School Program- The Indigo Adopt-a-School Program is a collaborative fundraising initiative among Indigo employees, corporate communities and customers. Each of the stores within the Indigo umbrella: Indigo, Coles, and Chapters adopts an at-risk elementary school. The team of fundraising volunteers utilizes an online platform located within the stores that enable donors to learn about the schools and hear personal stories that the schools have created. The 2018 Indigo Love of Reading Adopt-a-School Program provided books for more than 600 high-needs elementary school libraries, reaching more than 200,000 young Canadians. Adopted schools receive 100% of the money raised and are eligible to apply for a matching grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Foundation’s History

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation was founded in 2004 by Heather Reisman to confront the problems of literacy and educational failure in

Heather Reisman

Heather Reisman

Canadian schools. The data was stark. One-third of students in the 3rd grade lacked basic literacy skills. High illiteracy rates were creating a reality of high dropout rates later.

The most impacted were students living in poorer communities. They lacked the financial resources to build up literacy among their student population. Teachers were spending money out of their own pocket for textbooks and other reading materials.

Indigo Books & Music, Inc. decided to tackle the problem head-on by creating a foundation that would ensure access to books and other literacy materials. The focus would be on Canada’s disadvantaged elementary schools.

David Suzuki

David Suzuki

Place of Birth

Canada

Industry

Science

David Suzuki
David Suzuki

Early Career

David Suzuki attended Amherst College in Massachusetts from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1958 and became particularly interested in the study of genetics. He then received a doctorate in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. Suzuki worked for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and began a career in academia at the University of Alberta in Canada, working there as an assistant professor for two years. Following that role, he became a professor at the University of British Columbia and continued to work there for nearly four decades.

Business

While working at the University of British Columbia and researching genetics, Suzuki also began broadcasting shows on television and radio. He believed that bringing science into the greater public consciousness would contribute to a richer culture and improve public policy on scientific issues.

In 1970, Suzuki started hosting Suzuki on Science, a weekly television show for children, and Science Magazine, a weekly show for adults. Between 1975 and 1979, he launched and hosted a radio program called Quirks & Quarks. From 1979, Suzuki hosted a CBC television series called The Nature of Things. The show aired in almost 50 countries across the globe. In later years, he hosted The Secret of Life, a highly-rated PBS series, and he also hosted an award-winning series called A Planet for the Taking.

In addition, Suzuki wrote a book called The Sacred Balance, which was later converted into a miniseries, and produced a documentary for the Discovery Channel called Yellowstone to Yukon: The Wildlands Project.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Suzuki is committed to tackling sustainability issues around the world. In 1990, he founded the David Suzuki Foundation, a nonprofit organization that tries to find solutions to global environmental problems. He has since become renowned as an activist for climate change.

In early 2008, Suzuki encouraged students at McGill University to challenge politicians who he claimed were not taking sufficient action in the fight against climate change. He also launched a television show that year called The Suzuki Diaries along with one of his daughters. The show was broadcast on CBC and addressed sustainability issues across the globe. The hosts of the program first traveled to Europe to discuss the balance between humanity’s needs and what the planet can offer. They then returned to Canada where they met with scientists and fishermen to talk about sustainability and health along the Canadian coast.

In 2014, Suzuki launched a cross-country tour to try to raise awareness for what he argued was the lack of official Canadian recognition of the right to live in a healthy environment, unlike 110 other countries that had done so. Celebrities such as Neil Young, Emily Haines, and Margaret Atwood took part in the tour as they share Suzuki’s goal of adding a right to a healthy environment to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The David Suzuki Foundation

The David Suzuki Foundation

Name

The David Suzuki Foundation

Mission

The David Suzuki Foundation’s mission is to protect the diversity of nature and quality of life. The foundation is guided by the belief that everyone is interconnected and interdependent with nature. The organization believes that thorough evidence-based research and education can succeed in protecting and conserving the environment and will help create a sustainable Canada.

Headquarters

The David Suzuki Foundation headquarters is located in Vancouver, Canada.

Operating Region

The foundation operates from its headquarters in Vancouver as well as from offices in Toronto and Montreal. It also has dedicated teams of remote staff and volunteers across Canada.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: https://davidsuzuki.org
Email: contact@davidsuzuki.org
Tel: 1-800-453-1533

Supported Causes

The work of the foundation is focused on three main causes:

  • Environmental rights – making a healthy environment a legal right for all Canadians.
  • Climate solutions – accelerating the shift to a low-carbon future.
  • Biodiversity – restoring nature and to continuing to protect it.

Grants/Award Programs

The Suzuki Foundation promotes the following programs:

  • Trottier Energy Futures Project – The project involves finding opportunities to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of existing technologies. In 2016, a plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2030 was announced after the foundation had been working on resolving the issue for over 10 years.
  • Municipal Natural Assets Initiative – As a founding member of this initiative, The Suzuki Foundation is actively involved with pilot projects across Canada. These projects have begun to demonstrate how floodplains, wetlands, and other natural assets can be more resilient and cost-effective than infrastructure that is conventionally engineered.
  • Methane Pollution Research Project – In collaboration with St. Francis Xavier University, the foundation completed a thorough ground-based measurement of methane emissions in Canada. The research had worrisome results that were submitted to regulatory bodies.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The David Suzuki Foundation supports projects that are geared towards finding sustainable solutions to environmental issues in the following areas: climate, biodiversity, environmental rights, oceans and cities.

Funded Organizations / Projects

The foundation regularly collaborates with the government, community organizations, businesses, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations.

Foundation’s History

In 1989 David Suzuki produced a radio series called It’s a Matter of Survival. The series not only won an award, but also warned of impending environmental catastrophe. Thousands of shocked listeners wrote to Suzuki asking how this could be averted and thus a movement was born. A dozen like-minded people met in November 1989 and in September of the following year, the David Suzuki Foundation was officially launched. The foundation’s first projects focused on the economics of sustainability and on forestry, fishing, species at risk, and pesticides. The foundation soon expanded to include a variety of local projects and worked alongside indigenous communities residing on the west coast of Canada as well as ond international projects aimed at tackling the environmental crisis.

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