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Funding Interests

Principal funding interests reflect a primary concern for quality of life. Through strategic grantmaking, the Foundation focuses its philanthropic program on environmental sustainability, natural resource preservation, land and water conservation, and responsible balance for humankind in a fragile, yet resilient ecosystem.

“Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.”

– Cordelia S. May

Nationally

Population

Colcom Foundation recognizes national organizations acknowledging the impact of human population growth on U.S. environmental sustainability, natural resource depletion, and land and watershed degradation.

The Foundation supports a meaningful national conversation on the optimal level of immigration in light of jobs, natural habitat, biodiversity, civic society, and economics.*

The Foundation has no tolerance for discrimination; all must be treated with equal dignity. These principles govern the Foundation’s grantmaking.

*According to Pew Research Center, immigration accounts for 88% of the nation’s population growth.

Regionally

Environment

Committed to ensuring quality of life and environmental sustainability in southwestern Pennsylvania*, Colcom Foundation favors programs addressing watershed remediation, protecting natural resources, preserving air and water quality, and conserving farmland and wildlife habitat.

Community

Colcom Foundation directs community grantmaking to programs enhancing Pittsburgh’s vitality and livability. Examples include programs to enhance parks and trails, expand public gardens and streetscapes, create and maintain art for public spaces, provide environmental education, and sustain recreational facilities.

*For its grantmaking purposes, Colcom considers the following counties to be in southwestern Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.