Nathan Cummings Foundation donations made to Natural Resources Defense Council

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Basic donor information

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Full donor page for donor Nathan Cummings Foundation

Basic donee information

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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 12 30,000 68,750 10,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 200,000 200,000
Environment 10 75,000 77,000 10,000 10,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 200,000 200,000
Presidential grant 2 25,000 27,500 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000

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 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
Environment (filter this donor) 10 770,000.00 150,000.00 75,000.00 95,000.00 30,000.00 220,000.00 200,000.00
Presidential grant (filter this donor) 2 55,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00
Total 12 825,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 95,000.00 30,000.00 250,000.00 200,000.00

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 (12 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
75,000.0031996Environment/Transportation Research and advocacy in transportation reform,.
75,000.0031996Environment/Transportation Research and advocacy in transportation reform,.
25,000.0081995Presidential grant ADVOCACY to defend environmental laws and regulations,.
75,000.0031995Environment/Transportation COMPREHENSIVE transportation program to clean up buses, trucks, cars, and traffic,.
20,000.0091994Environment/Agriculture To continue supporting the Environmental Foundation of Sri Lanka in its efforts to monitor forest-cutting practices and help the Sri Lankan national government craft a new forestry plan.
75,000.0031994Environment/Transportation To advocate for cleaner vehicles and fuels; to utilize Clean Air Act Amendments and ISTEA in influencing state and local transportation decisions, particularly in California; and to work toward making transportation alternatives more safe, comfortable, convenient, and affordable.
20,000.0091993Environment/Agriculture To support the work of the Environmental Foundation of Sri Lanka in its efforts to monitor forestcutting.
10,000.00121993Environment/Human Rights Initiative To update and expand a case study on civil and political rights related to protection of the environment in Mexico.
200,000.0011992Environment/Transportation A two-year grant to support transportation policy reform on a national level and particular implementation strategies in Southern California.
30,000.0071992Presidential grant To support James Thornton's inquiry into the connections between environmental advocacy and deep ecology.
20,000.0091992Environment/Agriculture To support the Environmental Foundation of Sri Lanka in its work to monitor forestcutting.
200,000.0011991Environment/Transportation To support the Energy end transportation Project, divided between Washington and Los Angeles.