Colcom Foundation was established in 1996 by Cordelia S. May, a dedicated conservationist who served as Chairman until her death in 2005.

Her philanthropic vision reflected her lifelong concern about the negative effects of human overpopulation on the environment and quality of life in the United States.

Mrs. May, who spent her life and considerable resources protecting ecosystems and preserving the environment, concluded that “the well intended actions of most environmental organizations are doomed to failure unless and until they recognize that the degradation of our natural world ultimately results from the press of human numbers.”