Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

New York, NY -- May 19, 2008. June 2008 is Funding for the Environment Month at the Foundation Center, the first time the Center has devoted an entire month to the information needs of nonprofits engaged in activities related to the environment. Throughout the month the Center will host free events and classes in all five of its regional centers to help environmental organizations become better grantseekers and increase their funding.

Programs are designed to help participants gain insight into their local environmental funding community, learn about incorporating green practices into organizational operations, and make connections with fellow environmental colleagues in the region. Special programs include such topics as: a June 2 webinar with grantmakers from across the country on funding for the environment and animal welfare, a "reality grantmaking" event in San Francisco, and a three-part "Go Green" series in Atlanta.

"With the increasing urgency of news related to climate change, the global food crisis, and the need to adopt sustainability practices, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions are rising to the challenge," said Janet Camarena, director of the Center's San Francisco office. "Reducing energy costs and waste are becoming priorities among all types of nonprofits. And nationally, according to the latest Center data, giving to environmental issues is on the rise for a second year in a row. We look forward to bringing grantmakers and grantseekers together to discuss these critical and timely topics."

Details on local events, classes, and other programs are available at the Center's regional web sites:

Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 57,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of more than 375 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.