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Gund Foundation pushes applicants on climate change

David Beach  |  05/31/07 @ 10:19pm

You may be working on arts issues, education, or health care, but the George Gund Foundation still wants to know what you are doing to address global warming. Yesterday, the foundation announced that it will require nonprofit organizations to submit a climate change statement as part of all future grant applications, beginning with proposals submitted for the September 15, 2007 deadline.

"Global climate change has long been a concern for us as part of our environmental grantmaking, but the growing negative impact of human behavior on our planet's climate has convinced us that we need to extend that concern beyond the confines of a single program area," said David Abbott, the foundation's executive director. "We will be asking prospective grantees to tell us what they are doing or considering to reduce or to eliminate their impact on climate change as a way of encouraging them to think about this important issue."

Abbott said the one-page statement should include information that applies to both the organization's operations as well as it programming. Plans call for sharing this information at a later date to highlight best practices. Organizations will not be denied grants if they aren't doing anything on climate change, although that could change in the future.

This is second major environmental requirement announced by the Gund Foundation recently. Earlier this year, it joined The Cleveland Foundation in adopting a policy requiring all projects that receive capital grants to pursue U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

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