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Environmental Affinity Group

Mission statement:The Environmental Affinity Group of The Denver Foundation strives to create a network of informed, engaged, and effective environmental philanthropists to identify, promote and support outstanding environmental action on a wide range of issues in Colorado.

Earlier this year, the EAG awarded $30,000 to environmental / conservation groups for programs aimed and increasing inclusiveness and diversity in the environmental movement in Colorado. Click here for more on each of the great programs supported by the Environmental Affinity Group.

About EAG

Between 2013 and 2014, “environmental and animal-related” giving (the heading the IRS gives to the nonprofit classification for tracking giving by issue) from donor-advised funds at The Denver Foundation increased from 3.5 percent to 10.5 percent of overall donor-directed giving.  These statistics mirror the national trends, which saw a similar 7.5 percent increase from 2012 to 2013.

Given these trends, it isn’t surprising that The Denver Foundation’s newest donor affinity group focuses on environmental and conservation focused philanthropy. The Environmental Affinity Group (EAG) envisions an informed and engaged high-impact philanthropic community that can promote, support and lift-up best practices and innovative environmental groups to achieve a sustainable Colorado.

The EAG was founded at an Earth Day event in 2014 featuring Governor Bill Ritter, Aspen Skiing Company’s Auden Schendler and Bridget Coughlin from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Since that time they’ve held quarterly educational events on topics ranging from a post-election recap for the environment, to climate change impacts on national parks, to the preservation of Colorado’s ranch and farm lands.

To learn more, please contact Kelly Purdy at kpurdy@denverfoundation.org  or 303.300.1790 ext. 142.

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