In honor of Earth Day, philanthropic grants given to 64 nonprofits focused on land and water conservation, energy efficiency
Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council (GSHNC) is one of 64 recipients of Wells Fargo's 2013 Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant.Philanthropic grants totaling more than $3 million will be distributed to community-based nonprofits to support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach in communities where customers and team members live and work. GSHNC will receive $25,000 to further environmental programs at the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Center at Oak Springs.
"We're pleased to announce the environmental grant recipients of this highly competitive program," said Ashley Grosh, head of Wells Fargo Environmental Philanthropy. "We're proud to support these nonprofits who are working hard to provide long-term solutions to environmental challenges. It is our belief that there is a strong link between economic development, community well-being, and the stewardship and health of the environment."
The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo's commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through a $15 million, five-year relationship to promote environmental stewardship across the country.
"One of our four local program focus areas is Environmental Leadership. This grant will help us grow our environmental education program opportunities for our girls as well as outdoor and environmental education trainings for our adult membership," said Katherine Lambert, executive vice president of Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council.
The program funded proposals in select cities/regions in the following focus areas:
The community and environmental impacts of all grants will be measured and reported. For example, in 2012, the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program collectively funded 8,621 acres of habitat restoration and 165,970 newly planted trees. The grants also helped reduce more than 2 million gallons of runoff water and an estimated 331,840 pounds in CO21. Projects that benefited underserved communities and encourage volunteerism were given priority consideration.
The full list of 2013 winners can be found at http://blog.wellsfargo.com/environment/. Details of the program and a link to the 2014 application can be found at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation application website: www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions.