Funding Interests

“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

Principal funding interests reflect a primary concern for quality of life, which it strives to address with honesty, compassion, and responsibility.

Through strategic grantmaking, the Foundation focuses its philanthropic program on environmental sustainability, natural resource preservation, land and water conservation, and efforts to establish a sustainable population.


Colcom Foundation gives priority to national organizations that acknowledge 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.

* Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, immigrants and their children account for 75% of the nation’s population growth.



Committed to ensuring quality of life and environmental sustainability in southwestern Pennsylvania, Colcom Foundation favors programs that aggressively address watershed remediation, natural resource preservation, air and water quality, and farmland and wildlife habitat conservation.


Colcom Foundation directs community grantmaking to programs that enhance 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.