New Guidelines 2002

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


New Guidelines 2002


GOAL: To facilitate environmental justice and environmentally sustainable communities by supporting the accountability of corporations, governments, and other institutions for their environmental practices.
To facilitate the accountability of corporations, governments, and other institutions for their environmental practices.

Strategy 1: Public Policy
To facilitate the development of public policies and other approaches by which corporations, governments and other institutions take responsibility for the real environmental costs and risks of their activities.

Sustainable Governance Project
(Boston, MA)
To support their efforts to organize a new corporate board accountability system that would hold individual board members responsible for their companies' social, economic and environmental impact. In addition, the project seeks to persuade institutional investors that introducing sustainability concerns is the logical next step to their historical work to improve corporate governance.

$100,000 Total

[$75,000 Environment,
$25,000 Interprogram]

1 Year

Educational Broadcasting Corporation
NOW with Bill Moyers
(New York, NY)
The Educational Broadcasting Corporation is seeking funding for NOW with Bill Moyers to cover stories ignored by the mainstream media through a Washington bureau that would facilitate a steady flow of investigative reporting to "connect the dots" between corporate governance and our political institutions. NOW will cover these stories through investigative journalism addressing such issues as money in politics, environmental regulation, taxation, corporate power, cultural policies as well as health and economic policies. These stories will shed light on how organized special interests influence policy at the expense of the common good. As an important part of NOW, these issues will be explored along with other issues shaping our democracy, culture and world. The outcome it seeks is a more informed, tolerant and active citizenry, a more open and democratic government, and more responsible corporate governance. These issues will be explored along with other issues shaping our democracy, culture and world.

$250,000 Total

[$95,300 Interprogram, $134,000 Environment, $20,700 Health]

Government Accountability Project
Freedom to Warn
(Washington, DC)
To support their efforts to shape national policies in support of government and corporate whistleblowers.

$60,000 Total

[$30,000 Environment,
$30,000 Interprogram]

1 Year

Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc.
(St. Paul, MN)
To support family farm organizations that are challenging the Pork Checkoff program and corporate concentration and vertical integration in agriculture that increases environmental pollution.

$250,000 Total

[$150,000 Environment,
$100,000 Interprogram]

Institute for Civil Society, Inc.
Climate Change and Power Plant Litigation Project
(Newton Centre, MA)

The goal of this grant is to the support the Climate Change and Power Plant Litigation Project, a collaboration of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Civil Society (CSI). The project will develop and apply a sophisticated, feasible, and efficient litigation strategy to require the largest emitters of greenhouse gas pollution to reduce their emissions and internalize more of the costs of their business activities. The project is now working closely with ten State Attorneys General to develop a litigation plan that will seek court orders limiting carbon dioxide emissions and/or obtain money damages from polluting industries such as power plants. NRDC will provide legal advice and strategy through its attorneys as well as scientific support through its scientific staff, and CSI is providing in-kind administrative and fund-raising support through its staff. NCF funding will allow CSI to engage outside attorneys to 1) manage and coordinate the lawsuits; 2) support the lawsuits with experts and other resources; and 3) act as a liaison with NRDC and other environmental groups, CSI, the philanthropic community, governments and the press. $100,000
National Trust For Historic Preservation
Good Corporate Neighborhood Initiative
(Washington, DC)
This grant will support the Corporate Good Neighborhood Initiative, which addresses the negative environmental, social and economic impacts of sprawl. The Initiative seeks to 1)persuade corporate leaders to minimize sprawl-related environmental damage and to play a positive role by developing community-friendly, scaled-down facilities in existing downtowns and commercial districts; 2)provide communities with training and technical support so they can be pro-active in addressing issues of corporate impact; and 3)litigate and provide legal advocacy to defend and enforce state and local laws that protect communities from the devastating effects of sprawl commercial development. The National Trust will accomplish these goals by using its extensive communications, advocacy, and field networks to assess and identify good-neighbor business development and use them as models to develop a 3-year strategic plan and working relationship with "big-box" retailers. In addition, the National Trust will develop guidelines for new construction with experts in design standards for historic areas and persons familiar with functional needs of affected businesses and communities.

$35,000 Total

[$30,000 Environment, $5,000 Interprogram]

Water Keeper Alliance, Inc.
Campaign Against Industrialized Hog Farming
(Tarrytown, NY)
The goal of the Campaign Against Industrialized Hog Farming is to stop illegal dumping of waste by industrial meat producers and to hold corporate hog producers accountable for the environmental and social costs of their business operations. The grant will support litigation against major pork producers to enforce the Clean Water Act, order factory farms to pay penalties as a deterrent against future violations, and clean up contamination and remediate the damage to the environment and rural communities. Forcing industrial meat producers to internalize the cost of legal waste disposal will reduce the market advantage that industrial hog factories hold over family farms. The Water Keeper Alliance will also host the 3rd Annual Sustainable Hog Farming Summit to bring together hundreds of environmental, agricultural, and animal welfare activists and grassroots organizations across the nation to mobilize a network of family farmers, rural residents, environmental and animal welfare activists into a disciplined and energetic advocacy force determined to reform the industry. The Alliance seeks to expand its capacity to provide legal and technical support to its network organizations in challenging individual industrial meat facilities and coordinating efforts to affect public policy in key meat producing states. $75,000
Strategy 2: Building Connections
To broaden public constituencies that will encourage corporations and other institutions to internalize the true environmental costs of their activities, by connecting environmentalists to public health, labor, religious, minority, economic development, science, business, youth, academic, social justice and other groups.
Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment Educational Project
Models for Labor-Environmental Cooperation
(Portland, OR)
The Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment (ASJE) is a labor-environmental network with the mission to build a world where "nature is protected, the worker is respected, and unrestrained corporate power is rejected" through grassroots education, organization, and action. By working together, the labor and environmental movements can more effectively pursue common demands for accountability from both corporations and government. This project will demonstrate three strategies for such cooperation: 1) development of a labor-environmental coalition to create new jobs in environmental restoration in California and the Pacific Northwest, and shift public investment toward that work; 2) building "blue-green" support for environmentally and socially responsible climate change and energy policies through education of community labor and environmental leaders nationwide, and; 3) bringing labor unions and environmentalists together to pursue mutual opportunities for campaigns to remedy corporate abuses.

$50,000 Total

[$40,000 Environment, $10,000 Interprogram]

Center for New Community/
Towards Hospitality and Justice
(Chicago, IL)
To support a regional working conference to bring together church, immigrant, labor, farm, civic, legal, academic and community leaders to learn about and address issues, concerns and impacts related to the corporate meatpacking and poultry processing industry in the Midwest and Plains states