Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund in our system.

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 36 50,000 49,944 25,000 30,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 75,000 75,000
Environment 14 40,000 45,214 25,000 30,000 30,000 38,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 60,000 75,000
Capacity Building 2 30,000 35,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
3 50,000 55,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000
Clean Energy 13 50,000 56,154 40,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 65,000 75,000 75,000 75,000
Health and Environment 4 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
John Merck Fund (filter this donee) 1,708,000.00 125,000.00 125,000.00 175,000.00 175,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 65,000.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 35,000.00 40,000.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 90,000.00 115,000.00 60,000.00 55,000.00 30,000.00 50,000.00 38,000.00
Nathan Cummings Foundation (filter this donee) 90,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 1,798,000.00 125,000.00 125,000.00 175,000.00 175,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 65,000.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 35,000.00 80,000.00 100,000.00 40,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 90,000.00 115,000.00 60,000.00 55,000.00 30,000.00 50,000.00 38,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (36 donations)

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 36)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
John Merck Fund50,000.0092018-12Clean Energy To advance 100 percent renewable energy, expand efficiency and electrification, and reject new fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont.
John Merck Fund75,000.0012018-09Clean Energy To enact a carbon price that will strengthen Vermont’s economy, prioritize low- and middle-income Vermonters in the transition to a clean energy economy, and reduce climate pollution.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092017-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo advance renewable energy solutions to meet Vermont’s climate and clean energy goals.
John Merck Fund75,000.0012017-09-- To lead the Energy Independent Vermont coalition’s efforts to secure a price on carbon in Vermont.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092016-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo advance renewable energy solutions and defend Vermont’s climate and clean energy goals.
John Merck Fund75,000.0012016-10Clean Energy To establish a price on carbon pollution in Vermont.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092016-03Health and Environment To ensure that Vermont’s chemical regulations are fully implemented and to apply mandatory corporate reporting to compel manufactures to adopt safer alternatives in their products.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092015-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo increase uses of renewable energy and efficiency as climate change solutions.
John Merck Fund75,000.0012015-09Clean Energy Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo put a price on carbon pollution in Vermont.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092015-03Health and Environment To ensure implementation and improvement of Vermonts new chemicals policy reform program.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092014-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo put a price on carbon, defend and promote local renewable energy, and promote the next generation of renewable energy policies, all within Vermont.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092014-09Clean Energy Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo educate the public and policymakers about a tax on carbon as a promising and effective action to address climate change.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092014-03Health and Environment To promote comprehensive chemicals policy reform and to ensure strong implementation of such policies.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092013-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo: (1) promote and defend wind policies and projects; (2) strengthen net metering provisions so that solar energy continues to grow in Vermont; and (3) press for expansion of the states efficiency funds for both electricity and thermal energy.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092013-03Health and Environment To reduce Vermonters exposure to toxic chemicals by instituting a more precautionary approach to regulating chemicals at both state and federal levels.
John Merck Fund65,000.0062012-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo promote clean and efficient thermal energy programs for buildings and defend existing renewable energy policies in Vermont.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092011-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo promote the strongest possible clean energy and energy efficiency policies and programs in Vermont.
John Merck Fund40,000.00262010-12Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo ensure Vermont invests in all cost-effective energy efficiency; to increase the state’s reliance on renewable power sources and heating fuels; and to develop and export innovative clean energy policies and programs.
John Merck Fund35,000.00322009-12Environment To identify and implement innovative approaches to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont.
John Merck Fund40,000.00262008-12Environment To expand electric and non-electric energy efficiency programs; increase Vermont’s reliance on clean renewable power sources; and educate and mobilize Vermonters to support action that abates global warming.
Nathan Cummings Foundation40,000.00262008--
John Merck Fund50,000.0092007-12Environment To reduce the effects of global climate change by promoting expanded use of energy efficiency, encouraging the development of renewable energy resources, and mobilizing support for an enforceable cap on greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont.
Nathan Cummings Foundation50,000.0092007--
John Merck Fund40,000.00262006-12Environment To protect the health and wellbeing of Vermont’s environment, people and local economy.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092004-12Environment To protect Vermont’s environment and the health of its people. The organization seeks to make Vermont a leader among states in developing policy solutions on a range of environmental issues including energy, sustainable agriculture, and toxic pollution.
John Merck Fund50,000.0092003-12Environment To provide general support to a leading Vermont environmental organization as it revitalizes its internal structure and seeks to develop a leadership role in connecting the work of environmental, health-affected and other advocacy groups throughout the state.
John Merck Fund60,000.0072002-09Environment To develop a health-oriented coalition comprised of cancer survivors, public health officials, health care providers, educators, and mainstream, disease-specific organizations that advances both near-term environmental health objectives and policy reforms.
John Merck Fund30,000.00332002-04Capacity Building To strengthen the development program and engage in strategic planning.
John Merck Fund40,000.00262001-09Capacity Building To initiate a number of measures designed to strengthen its development program. This grant would be the first of a two-phase effort aimed at helping VPIRG achieve financial and organizational sustainability over the next several years.
John Merck Fund75,000.0012001-07Environment To eliminate or reduce contamination of Vermont’s lakes, rivers and drinking water from pesticides and chemical fertilizers used for farming, forestry, golf courses, and by individual households.
John Merck Fund60,000.0072000-07Environment To protect public health against environmental threats related to agriculture, including pesticides, dairy products containing bovine growth hormone (commonly known as rBGH), and the use of toxic sludge as farm fertilizer.
John Merck Fund30,000.00331999-07Environment To ban the application of contaminated sewage sludge or sludge products on Vermont soil.
John Merck Fund25,000.00361999-03Environment To refocus public attention on bovine growth hormone and develop broad opposition to genetically modified food.
John Merck Fund30,000.00331998-05Environment To inform citizens about the impacts to human health and the environment from exposure to toxic chemicals; and to activate citizens in public policy debates aimed at curtailing those exposures.
John Merck Fund50,000.0091997-05Environment To improve membership and development and fundraising capabilities.
John Merck Fund38,000.00311996-01Environment To engage and organizational management consultant; and to retain a search firm to fill the executive director position.