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Top 10 Donors

The data in this tracker is compiled using tax filings from 2012 through the most recent complete year available. Taxes are filed for the previous year and require additional time to become accessible to the public. The latest complete year is 2016.

List of Top 10 Donors

This list changes when the selections on the interactive donation network map above are changed.

NAME (Click "+" for donation breakdown)LEVELTOTAL DOLLARSTYPEFEATURED PROFILEDESCRIPTIONVISUALIZATION
Foundation for the CarolinasLevel 3*126,034,500Donated
SUMMARY

Level 3*: No specific GMO campaign activity, but general support
Location: USA

2016 Total: $41860000
2015 Total: $30165000
2014 Total: $54009500
2013 Total: $0
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $126034500

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $3000000 donated to 350.org
2016: $3005000 donated to Center for Biological Diversity
2016: $850000 donated to Dogwood Alliance
2016: $11420000 donated to EarthJustice
2016: $2000000 donated to Environmental Working Group
2016: $5000000 donated to Friends of the Earth
2016: $3000000 donated to Greenpeace
2016: $13085000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2016: $500000 donated to Rainforest Action Network
2015: $11010000 donated to EarthJustice
2015: $2600000 donated to Environmental Working Group
2015: $7055000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2015: $9500000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2014: $26000000 donated to EarthJustice
2014: $18000500 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2014: $10009000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
NoVo FoundationLevel 257,407,685Donated
SUMMARY

Level 2: Involved in GMO campaigns along with other advocacy causes
Location: USA

2016 Total: $27546158
2015 Total: $17309084
2014 Total: $12552443
2013 Total: $0
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $57407685

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $27546158 donated to Tides Center
2015: $17309084 donated to Tides Center
2014: $12552443 donated to Tides Center
Walton Family FoundationLevel 3*54,760,621Donated
SUMMARY

Level 3*: No specific GMO campaign activity, but general support
Location: USA

2016 Total: $17251471
2015 Total: $19674337
2014 Total: $17834813
2013 Total: $0
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $54760621

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $154825 donated to Ag Innovations
2016: $243000 donated to Center for Rural Affairs
2016: $155098 donated to ClientEarth
2016: $14038592 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2016: $360000 donated to Environmental Working Group
2016: $260000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2016: $5000 donated to Seed Savers Exchange Inc.
2016: $25000 donated to The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
2016: $2009956 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2015: $80000 donated to Ag Innovations
2015: $275000 donated to Center for Rural Affairs
2015: $270000 donated to ClientEarth
2015: $15442301 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2015: $250000 donated to Environmental Working Group
2015: $50000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2015: $5000 donated to Seed Savers Exchange Inc.
2015: $25000 donated to Tides Center
2015: $1638518 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2015: $1638518 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2014: $95000 donated to Ag Innovations
2014: $497807 donated to Center for Rural Affairs
2014: $315000 donated to ClientEarth
2014: $15407471 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2014: $200000 donated to Environmental Working Group
2014: $25000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2014: $5000 donated to Seed Savers Exchange Inc.
2014: $1289535 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
Bloomberg Family Foundation IncLevel 3*43,079,900Donated
SUMMARY

Level 3*: No specific GMO campaign activity, but general support
Location: USA

2016 Total: $7079900
2015 Total: $16000000
2014 Total: $0
2013 Total: $5000000
2012 Total: $15000000
Grand Total: $43079900

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $316000 donated to CERES
2016: $1763900 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2016: $5000000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2015: $16000000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2013: $5000000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2012: $15000000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationLevel 233,999,659Donated
SUMMARY

Level 2: Involved in GMO campaigns along with other advocacy causes
Location: USA

2016 Total: $17874709
2015 Total: $12389250
2014 Total: $3735700
2013 Total: $0
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $33999659

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $10700000 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2016: $1315000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2016: $5000000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2016: $529709 donated to Tides Center
2016: $60000 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2016: $270000 donated to Union of Concerned Scientists
2015: $5350000 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2015: $1085000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2015: $5000000 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2015: $399250 donated to Tides Center
2015: $110000 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2015: $445000 donated to Union of Concerned Scientists
2014: $2300000 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2014: $250000 donated to Friends of the Earth
2014: $610000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2014: $575700 donated to Tides Center
Greater Kansas City Community FoundationLevel 3*30,473,830Donated
SUMMARY

Level 3*: No specific GMO campaign activity, but general support
Location: USA

2016 Total: $2892630
2015 Total: $6750000
2014 Total: $4615000
2013 Total: $2245000
2012 Total: $13971200
Grand Total: $30473830

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $50000 donated to Corporate Accountability International
2016: $25000 donated to EarthJustice
2016: $50000 donated to Farm Aid
2016: $2300000 donated to Food & Water Watch
2016: $105000 donated to Friends of Family Farmers
2016: $210100 donated to Friends of the Earth
2016: $28770 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2016: $13760 donated to Sierra Club Foundation
2016: $60000 donated to Sustainable Food Alliance
2016: $50000 donated to Tides Center
2015: $6750000 donated to Food & Water Watch
2014: $4615000 donated to Food & Water Watch
2013: $2245000 donated to Food & Water Watch
2012: $6471200 donated to Food & Water Watch
2012: $3600000 donated to GRACE Communications Foundation
2012: $3900000 donated to GRACE Communications Foundation
Columbia FoundationLevel 229,621,227Donated
SUMMARY

Level 2: Involved in GMO campaigns along with other advocacy causes
Location: USA

2016 Total: $0
2015 Total: $0
2014 Total: $0
2013 Total: $28846227
2012 Total: $775000
Grand Total: $29621227

DONATION DETAILS

2013: $28846227 donated to Gaia Fund
2012: $82000 donated to Ag Innovations
2012: $80000 donated to California Climate & Agriculture Network
2012: $103000 donated to Center for Food Safety
2012: $1000 donated to Cornucopia Institute
2012: $8000 donated to Cultural Conservancy
2012: $100000 donated to Ecology Center
2012: $80000 donated to Food and Environment Reporting Network
2012: $5000 donated to Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
2012: $60000 donated to Organic Seed Alliance
2012: $50000 donated to Oxfam America
2012: $150000 donated to Roots of Change
2012: $56000 donated to Wild Farm Alliance
Gaia FundLevel 3*28,846,227Donated
SUMMARY

Level 3*: No specific GMO campaign activity, but general support
Location:

2016 Total: $0
2015 Total: $0
2014 Total: $0
2013 Total: $28846227
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $28846227

DONATION DETAILS

2013: $28846227 received from Columbia Foundation
David and Lucile Packard FoundationLevel 228,534,045Donated
SUMMARY

Level 2: Involved in GMO campaigns along with other advocacy causes
Location: USA

2016 Total: $15948895
2015 Total: $12585150
2014 Total: $0
2013 Total: $0
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $28534045

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $400000 donated to Action Aid
2016: $600000 donated to California Environmental Associates
2016: $155000 donated to Center for Rural Affairs
2016: $505000 donated to CERES, Inc
2016: $135000 donated to Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
2016: $350000 donated to David Suzuki Foundation
2016: $250000 donated to Dogwood Alliance
2016: $300000 donated to Dogwood Alliance
2016: $1450000 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2016: $200000 donated to Friends of the Earth
2016: $2306000 donated to Greenpeace
2016: $500000 donated to Groundswell Fund
2016: $250000 donated to Health Care Without Harm
2016: $50000 donated to International Union for the Conservation of Nature
2016: $49820 donated to MELCA-Ethiopia
2016: $600000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2016: $50000 donated to New Venture Fund
2016: $500000 donated to Oakland Institute
2016: $150000 donated to Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
2016: $250000 donated to Oregon Environmental Council
2016: $500000 donated to Rainforest Action Network
2016: $272000 donated to Rainforest Alliance, Inc
2016: $100000 donated to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
2016: $250000 donated to Spitfire Strategies
2016: $919000 donated to Surfrider Foundation
2016: $1600000 donated to Tides Center
2016: $1465075 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2016: $1667000 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2016: $125000 donated to Union of Concerned Scientists
2015: $55000 donated to Agriculture and Land Based Training Association
2015: $965000 donated to California Environmental Associates
2015: $105000 donated to Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
2015: $85000 donated to EcoTrust
2015: $1300000 donated to Environmental Defense Fund
2015: $70000 donated to Environmental Grantmakers Association
2015: $350000 donated to Environmental Working Group
2015: $20000 donated to Fair Food Network
2015: $60000 donated to Food and Environment Reporting Network, Inc
2015: $400000 donated to Friends of the Earth
2015: $1250000 donated to Greenpeace
2015: $35000 donated to Groundswell Fund
2015: $650000 donated to Natural Resources Defense Council
2015: $380000 donated to New Venture Fund
2015: $186150 donated to Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
2015: $500000 donated to Rainforest Action Network
2015: $415000 donated to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
2015: $360000 donated to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE Inc)
2015: $360000 donated to Spitfire Strategies
2015: $200000 donated to Stichting FERN
2015: $425000 donated to Surfrider Foundation
2015: $2489000 donated to Tides Center
2015: $1750000 donated to Trust for Conservation Innovation (Multiplier)
2015: $175000 donated to Union of Concerned Scientists
Frances Fund, TheLevel 3*25,615,000Donated
SUMMARY

Level 3*: No specific GMO campaign activity, but general support
Location: USA

2016 Total: $23105000
2015 Total: $2510000
2014 Total: $0
2013 Total: $0
2012 Total: $0
Grand Total: $25615000

DONATION DETAILS

2016: $5000 donated to Grassroots International
2016: $23100000 donated to Solidago Foundation
2015: $2510000 donated to Solidago Foundation

Note that there are three “levels” of both donors and recipients.

Donors
Donations to advocacy groups are sometimes designated to support a specific cause, such as organic agriculture or mitigating climate change. There is no way for us to know from publicly-available documents on what the money will be spent, as we can only see the total amount donated. When we assign the levels below to donors and recipients, we assume that all donations are available to the recipient for all advocacy, including anti-GMO advocacy.

  • Level 1: Donates primarily to dedicated anti-GMO organizations
  • Level 2: A large portion of donations go to anti-GMO organizations; some donations go to organizations without a position on GMOs
  • Level 3: A small portion of donations go to anti-GMO organizations
    * Most donations go to organizations without a formal position on GMOs but which have aligned themselves with anti-GMO activists

Recipients
For Level 1 recipients, all donations are used for anti-GMO advocacy. For Level 2 and 3 recipients, we don’t know how much of each donation is used for anti-GMO advocacy.

  • Level 1: Dedicated to anti-GMO advocacy
  • Level 2: Involved in anti-GMO advocacy along with other causes
  • Level 3: No specific anti-GMO advocacy, but general support
    * Organizations without a formal position on GMOs but which have aligned themselves with anti-GMO activists
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Note that there are three “levels” of both donors and recipients.

Donors
Donations to advocacy groups are sometimes designated to support a specific cause, such as organic agriculture or mitigating climate change. There is no way for us to know from publicly-available documents on what the money will be spent, as we can only see the total amount donated. When we assign the levels below to donors and recipients, we assume that all donations are available to the recipient for all advocacy, including anti-GMO advocacy.

  • Level 1: Donates primarily to dedicated anti-GMO organizations
  • Level 2: A large portion of donations go to anti-GMO organizations; some donations go to organizations without a position on GMOs
  • Level 3: A small portion of donations go to anti-GMO organizations
    * Most donations go to organizations without a formal position on GMOs but which have aligned themselves with anti-GMO activists

Recipients
For Level 1 recipients, all donations are used for anti-GMO advocacy. For Level 2 and 3 recipients, we don’t know how much of each donation is used for anti-GMO advocacy.

  • Level 1: Dedicated to anti-GMO advocacy
  • Level 2: Involved in anti-GMO advocacy along with other causes
  • Level 3: No specific anti-GMO advocacy, but general support
    * Organizations without a formal position on GMOs but which have aligned themselves with anti-GMO activists
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