John Merck Fund donations made to Conservation Law Foundation

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Websitehttps://www.jmfund.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.jmfund.org/about-us/
Grant application process pagehttps://www.jmfund.org/for-grantseekers/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/john-merck-fund

Full donor page for donor John Merck Fund

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Conservation Law Foundation in our system.

Full donee page for donee Conservation Law Foundation

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 37 75,000 111,147 30,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 150,000 150,000 325,000 325,000
Environment 19 50,000 67,761 30,000 40,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 101,400 150,000 196,050
Capacity Building 1 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000
Clean Energy 17 150,000 164,412 50,000 50,000 80,000 100,000 100,000 150,000 150,000 175,000 325,000 325,000 325,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2001 2000 1995 1993 1991 1988 1987
Clean Energy (filter this donor) 17 2,795,000.00 325,000.00 325,000.00 325,000.00 325,000.00 375,000.00 325,000.00 250,000.00 240,000.00 175,000.00 130,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Environment (filter this donor) 19 1,287,450.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 45,000.00 95,000.00 130,000.00 80,000.00 50,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 150,000.00 297,450.00
Capacity Building (filter this donor) 1 30,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 37 4,112,450.00 325,000.00 355,000.00 325,000.00 325,000.00 375,000.00 325,000.00 250,000.00 240,000.00 175,000.00 130,000.00 60,000.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 45,000.00 95,000.00 130,000.00 80,000.00 50,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 150,000.00 297,450.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (37 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 37)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
325,000.0012019-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo decarbonize New England’s energy system in accord with climate imperatives.
30,000.00362018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the implementation of software that would improve CLF’s content management system, increasing workflow efficiency and bolstering overall organizational capacity.
325,000.0012018-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the Clean Energy and Climate Change Program, which is working to ensure New England decarbonizes the energy system in order to meet climate goals.
325,000.0012017-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Efficiency/RenewablesTo ensure that New England decarbonizes the energy system in order to meet climate goals.
325,000.0012016-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To maintain New England’s leadership in decarbonizing the energy system as a means of meeting the region’s climate change goals.
150,000.0082015-09Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo make New England a coal-free zone and ensure that the proposed buildout of natural gas is consistent with meeting New Englands climate goals.
225,000.0052015-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To establish New England as the leading region that gets it right in decarbonizing the energy system in order to address climate change.
50,000.00212014-09Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo advocate for increased deployment of electric vehicles in New England.
100,000.00142014-09Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo retire the regions coal-fired power plants and plan for the redevelopment of the sites.
175,000.0072014-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To promote highly efficient use of electricity, oil, and natural gas; increase renewable energy generating capacity while reducing reliance on higher carbon fuels; and ensure that any expansion of the natural gas infrastructure is consistent with long-term climate goals.
100,000.00142013-10Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo end New England’s reliance on coal-fired power plants and achieve the retirement and redevelopment of the remaining facilities.
150,000.0082013-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency, clean energy, and the transition away from fossil fuels.
90,000.00172012-09Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo accelerate the closure of New Englands five remaining coal-fired power plants.
150,000.0082012-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo promote energy efficiency, clean energy and transitions away from fossil fuels in New England.
75,000.00192011-09Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo end New England’s reliance on coal-fired power plants by advancing the retirement or conversion to cleaner fuels of the seven remaining coal plants in the region.
100,000.00142011-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: TransportationTo advance policies and instigate actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New England to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, the interim goal needed to attain 80 percent reductions by 2050.
50,000.00212010-09Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: TransportationTo advance a regional low carbon fuel standard in New England in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with petroleum fuels used for transportation and reduce the region’s dependence on oil.
80,000.00182010-03Clean Energyhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo reduce energy sector greenhouse gas emissions in New England through state and regional efforts that seek to promote energy efficiency policies and programs, establish renewable energy policies and projects, and reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants.
60,000.00202009-03Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To reduce greenhouse gas emissions through state and regional activities that: (1) secure the highly efficient use of electricity, oil and natural gas across New England; (2) ensure increased renewable energy generating capacity and infrastructure: and (3) advocate for the full implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
50,000.00212007-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To address greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector in New England by: promoting broad regional initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, advancing energy efficiency policies at the state level, and advocating renewable energy policies and projects.
40,000.00322006-09Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To ensure widespread and effective implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative-a proposed cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions from power plants in the Northeast.
40,000.00322005-09Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support CLF’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which seeks to substantially reduce global warming pollution from power plants in nine northeastern states from current levels by 2020. CLF will seek to convince governors to adopt strong rules in each New England state that advance the policy objectives of energy advocates, especially regarding consumer costs, energy efficiency, and carbon offsets.
45,000.00302004-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To design and establish model collaborative decisionmaking processes at several key locations in New England where wind power projects are being proposed. The immediate aim of the collaboratives is to provide a forum where local communities, environmental advocates, wind developers, and state regulators can reach agreement on whether and how to develop specific wind projects. The larger goal of the initiative is to create a collaborative model approach that encourages the development of wind power in the region while ensuring that it takes place in an environmentally responsible manner.
50,000.00212003-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To oppose a major expansion of the electric transmission system in northwest Vermont, when the energy demand could be more cost effectively met using efficiency and clean, distributed generation.
45,000.00302003-07Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To design and establish model collaborative decisionmaking processes at several key locations in New England where wind power projects are being proposed.
40,000.00322001-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To oppose the proposed sale of Vermont’s Yankee Nuclear Power Facility by Vermont’s utilities to Entergy Corporation, ensure that ratepayers do not continue to subsidize nuclear power, and create a new Vermont clean energy fund.
50,000.00212001-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To oppose the construction of the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway in northwest Vermont.
40,000.00322001-03Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To defend the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact against efforts to eliminate it.
30,000.00362000-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To oppose the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to AmerGen Energy on the grounds that it allows an uneconomic energy source to continue functioning with ratepayer subsidies and prevents it from competing with cleaner sources of power.
50,000.00212000-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support economic and public relations experts that will assist Conservation Law Foundation in its legal and communications efforts to fight the recently proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont.
50,000.00211995-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To collaborate with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development in promoting energy efficiency and demand-side management programs in the United Kingdom and other member countries of the European Union.
150,000.0081993-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To collaborate with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development in promoting increased energy efficiency and demand-side management programs in the United Kingdom and the European Community.
50,000.00211991-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To require the Department of Commerce to develop a plan for reversing the decline of Georges bank food fisheries.
50,000.00211991-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To improve forest management practices in Maine’s Northwoods, much of which is owned by the paper industry, by making sustainable land use a condition for federal relicensing of corporate hydropower facilities.
150,000.0081988-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To require New England’s electrici utilities to adopt energy efficiency as an alternative to building new power plants.
101,400.00131987-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To require New England’s electric utilities to adopt energy efficiency as an alternative to building new power plants.
196,050.0061987-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To establish a legal advocate for environmental protection in Vermont.