Grants 2015

As You Sow
$40,000 for the Nanomaterials in Food Program for supply chain research and shareholder advocacy to keep potentially harmful nanomaterials out of food and food packaging and promote disclosure of nanomaterials used in food.
Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

Biofuelwatch US
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$31,000 for research, analysis and policy advocacy on the impacts of land-based geoengineering methods and synthetic biology; $25,000 for website development.
Source: WML

Center for Food Safety
$70,000 for the International Center for Technology Assessment project for legal work and policy advocacy to challenge the widespread use of untested and unregulated nanotechnologies.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Center for International Environmental Law
$60,000 for the Nanotechnology Policy Project to advocate a precaution-based framework for regulating nanotechnology in the European Union and other countries.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Coming Clean
$15,000 plus $15,000 in matching funds for the Nanotechnology Project, which brings together organizations working on toxics issues to conduct outreach and advocacy around nanotechnology.
Source: WML

EcoNexus
Fiscal Sponsor: Gaia Foundation
$25,000 for geoengineering and synthetic biology advocacy at the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

ETC Group
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$150,000 in general support to promote conservation of food crop germplasm and agricultural biodiversity, and to encourage socially responsible development of new technologies.
Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Friends of the Earth US
$70,000 for the Emerging Technologies Campaign to promote precautionary regulation of nanotechnology and synthetic biology through public education, campaigning and policy advocacy.
Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
$65,000 for the Emerging Technologies and Agriculture Project to advocate for improved regulation and oversight of agricultural and food nanotechnology and synthetic biology in domestic and international policy.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Fiscal sponsor: University of Massachusetts Foundation
$30,000 for advancing the use of an alterative assessment for engineered nanomaterials.
Source: WML

Movement Generation
Fiscal sponsor: Movement Strategy Center
$20,500 for regional education and organizing around synthetic biology issues and website maintenance.
Source: WML

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
Fiscal sponsor: African Biodiversity Network
$35,000 for strengthening AFSA’s communication capacity.
Year 2 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Centro de Estudios para el Cambio en el Campo Mexicano
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$20,000 to defend peasant seeds and organize social resistance to genetically modified maize in Mexico.
Source: WML

Ceres Trust
$5,000 for a strategy meeting addressing policy and marketplace changes and protecting pollinators from systemic insecticides.
Source: WML

Colectivo por la Autonomía
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$41,000 to strengthen resistance against GM maize plantings in Mexico and support the defense of maize as core to food sovereignty and self-determination.
Source: WML

Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali
Fiscal sponsor: Institute for Food & Development Policy
$40,000 for a project in Mali to help farmers overcome the obstacles that prevent them from adopting agroecological farming methods.
Source: WML

Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula
$45,000 for training, providing technical expertise, and assisting international partners for

GROW BIOINTENSIVE, a method of growing food that builds soil, utilizes open-pollinated seeds, and rejects synthetic chemical inputs.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

ECOPOL
Fiscal sponsor: Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula
$20,000 in general support to teach biointensive farming methods and establish sustainable family mini-farms throughout Latin America.
Source: WML

Genetic Resources Action International
$40,000 for seed saving and soil building efforts in Latin America and Africa in collaboration with social movements and farmer organizations.
Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Jinukun
$40,000 for a project in Benin to help farmers overcome the obstacles that prevent them from adopting agroecological farming methods and to facilitate widespread adoption of agroecology.
Source: TOP/MCF

La Via Campesina
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$41,200 for seed campaign and agroecology work.
Source: TOP/MCF

Movimiento de Campesinos Populares
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$40,000 to expand a native seed restoration project in Goias, Brazil.
Source: TOP/MCF

Organización de Agricultores Biológicos
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$15,000 for soil restoration and preservation of traditional maize varieties in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Pesticide Action Network North America
$25,000 to push for policymaker action to protect pollinators in the US and the UK.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Sociedad Científica LatinoAmericana de Agroecología
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$37,800 for scaling up climate change resilient peasant farming systems.
Source: WML

União Nacional de Camponeses
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$40,000 to build agroecological training capacity in order to enable African farmers to advance agroecology as their vision for the future of agriculture.
Source: WML

University of California, Berkeley
Fiscal sponsor: Regents of the University of California
$30,000 for research to explore how on-farm crop diversity can compensate for the loss of natural habitat across a landscape and support native pollinator restoration.
Source: WML

WhyHunger
$23,340 for advancing agroecology through learning exchanges.
Source: WML

The Xerces Society
$40,000 for the Pollinator Conservation in Agriculture Program to advance the conservation of native agricultural pollinators and their habitat through advocacy, education and outreach, and applied research.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$40,00 for strengthening and defending African peasant seed systems.
Source: TOP/MCF

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
$45,000 in general support to promote a progressive interpretation of the Constitution and build a network of progressive leaders in law and public policy.
Year 1 of 3. Source: WML

Bill of Rights Defense Committee
$30,000 in general support to marshal grassroots efforts around the country challenging national security and counterterrorism policies that threaten civil liberties
Source: WML

Black Movement-Law Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Alliance for Global Justice
$15,000 for BLMP to provide legal support in the form of urgent response, capacity building and consultation to organizations and coalitions working to end police brutality, systemic racism and economic exploitation.
Source: WML

The Brennan Center
$40,000 for the Liberty and National Security Program to advocate for transparency and accountability in domestic intelligence collection.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Center for Constitutional Rights
$115,000 in general support for litigation, organizing, and education efforts to protect constitutional rights.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

The Constitution Project
$30,000 for the Rule of Law Program, a bipartisan effort to defend constitutional safeguards and promote transparency and accountability in government.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Constitutional Accountability Center
$45,000 in general support to advance the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history through litigation, advocacy, and scholarship.
Year 1 of 3. Source: WML

Federation of American Scientists
$25,000 for the Project on Government Secrecy to reform classification policy in order to ensure public access to government information.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Government Accountability Project
$75,000 in general support matching funds to protect the public interest and promote government and corporate accountability by defending whistleblowers.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

National Lawyers Guild Foundation
$20,000 outright and $10,000 in matching funds for the Mass Defense Project to provide legal observers and legal representation to citizens engaging in their constitutional right to protest, and to litigate repressive policies and practices that chill dissent.
Source: WML

National Security Archive Fund
$40,000 for the Open Government and Accountability Program for their audits exposing and challenging the “performance gap” between FOIA reforms and their implementation.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

OpenTheGovernment.org
Fiscal sponsor: Fund for Constitutional Government
$30,000 in general support for the coalition’s efforts to reduce secrecy in government and advance the public’s right to know.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Our World Is Not For Sale
Fiscal Sponsor: Polaris Institute
$50,000 in general support plus $10,000 for communications costs for this worldwide network of organizations working to make international trade agreements more equitable, sustainable, and democratic.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
$20,000 in general support plus $20,000 in matching funds to defend the constitutional rights of free speech and assembly, train attorneys in mass defense litigation, and expose government surveillance of activists.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Project on Government Oversight
$40,000 in general support of this government watchdog’s investigations into waste, fraud and abuse and efforts to advance good government reforms.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Public Citizen Foundation
$125,000 for Global Trade Watch to make US and international trade policy and institutions socially equitable, environmentally sustainable, and democratically accountable.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Sierra Club Foundation
$70,000 for the Responsible Trade Program to educate the public, policymakers, and other environmental organizations about the environmental impacts of international trade agreements.
Year 2 of 2.
Source: WML

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Fiscal sponsor: Syracuse University
$15,000 plus $15,000 in matching funds for The FOIA Project to bring transparency to the federal Freedom of Information Act process, especially in regard to decisions to deny public access to information.
Year 1 of 2. Source: WML