Friday, June 10, 2005

History of the Strong Foundation

The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values traces its roots back to 1912 to an Episcopal school. St. Margaret’s House, in Berkeley, trained women to work in the Episcopal Church as deaconesses. When, in the 1960’s, the National Episcopal Church decided to ordain women as priests, a separate school for deaconesses became redundant and the school was closed.

The successor nonprofit became the Berkeley Center for Human Interaction. In 1979, the Center began producing audio tapes of interviews with key environmental leaders of the time and distributing them for use in public broadcasting. Its name was changed to the Strong Center for Environmental Values.

Finally, in the mid 1980’s, the Center changed its form and function from a publicly-supported organization to a private grant-making foundation. Money from the sale of remaining properties in Berkeley provided funds for the small foundation. Thus, the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values was born. To date, the Strong Foundation has made 600 separate grants totaling over one million dollars.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Grants Awarded 2004

In 2004, the Strong Foundation provided a total of $40,000 in grants to Environmental Organizations. Recipients included the following organizations
  • Bay Area Wilderness Training
  • Feather River Land Trust
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • Kids in Parks
  • Planned Feralhood
  • Watershed Research and Training Center
  • Ventana Wilderness Society
  • Care for God’s Creation
  • Farallones Marine sanctuary
  • Heyday Books
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Sacramento Valley Conservancy
  • Wilderness Watch
  • Church Divinity School of the Pacific
  • Mattole Restoration Council
  • Muir Heritage LandTrust
  • Regional Parks Foundation
  • San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
  • Watershed Project
  • Western Land Exchange Project


  • etc.