John Merck Fund donations made to Vermont Natural Resources Council

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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 Vermont Natural Resources Council in our system.

Full donee page for donee Vermont Natural Resources Council

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 14 40,000 49,893 10,000 13,500 20,000 25,000 30,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 55,000 136,000 174,000
Environment 14 40,000 49,893 10,000 13,500 20,000 25,000 30,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 55,000 136,000 174,000

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 2007 2006 2005 2004 2000 1999 1998 1997 1995 1993 1990 1987
Environment (filter this donor) 14 698,500.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 30,000.00 45,000.00 55,000.00 13,500.00 40,000.00 35,000.00 136,000.00 174,000.00
Total 14 698,500.00 50,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 30,000.00 45,000.00 55,000.00 13,500.00 40,000.00 35,000.00 136,000.00 174,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (14 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 14)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.0042007-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To maintain and advance smart growth gains in Vermont by stopping big-box commercial developments outside community centers; to educate the public about the economic, environmental and community impacts of such developments on the scale proposed by Wal-Mart; and to work with communities to find viable alternatives to big-box development.
40,000.0052006-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To maintain and advance existing smart growth gains in Vermont by stopping big-box commercial developments from being built outside community centers; and to educate the public about the economic, environmental and community impacts of big-box development on the scale being proposed.
40,000.0052005-04Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To maintain and advance existing smart growth gains in Vermont by stopping “big box” commercial developments from being built outside community centers, and to educate the public about the economic, environmental, and community impacts of development on the scale Wal-Mart is proposing.
40,000.0052004-04Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To maintain and advance existing smart growth gains in Vermont by stopping big-box commercial developments from being built outside community centers; and to educate the public about the economic, environmental and community impacts of big-box development on the scale Wal-Mart is proposing.
30,000.0092000-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the High Altitude Sprawl Initiative, an effort to fight sprawl in Vermont ski areas, which represent some of the most fragile ecosystems in Vermont.
20,000.00121999-04Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To implement a public education and media campaign that advocates restricting expansions at Vermont’s Killington and Stratton ski resorts because they will promote sprawl and further degrade natural resources.
25,000.00101999-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct public opinion research for developing effective messages in the campaign against sprawl related to Vermont’s ski industry.
55,000.0031998-09Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To oppose proposed development project that will contribute to sprawl, particuarly in connection with growth in Vermont’s ski industry; and to continue building a network of activists oriented to local watershed areas.
13,500.00131997-01Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To assist in hiring a new executive director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
40,000.0051995-05Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To help build public support for environmental goals in Vermont through active membership programs and community outreach activities.
25,000.00101993-10Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To improve public communication skills among environmental organizations in Vermont, and to increase community involvement in environmental issues.
10,000.00141993-07Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support VNRC’s involvement in legal proceedings to ensure environmentally sound policy in regard to withdrawal from Vermont rivers for use by the ski industry.
136,000.0021990-11Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To protect critical forestland in northern Vermont.
174,000.0011987-09Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To establish a southern Vermont office of VNRC.