2012 Annual Grants Report

Forsythia Foundation is pleased to report that in 2012 it awarded a total of $539,000 in grants to 15 organizations that address key issues in environmental health and green chemistry.

In the two years Forsythia Foundation has been active, its grant making program – focused domestically – has supported the foundation’s mission to promote healthier environments and people by advancing capacity and projects in those fields as well as by proactively working to attract new donors and mission-related investors to health protection and safer, more “benign-by-design” materials.

The foundation’s strategies focus on support for critical drivers of demand for green chemistry – environmental health research; translation of that research for key decision makers in health protection; federal and state level chemicals policy reform and advocacy; market/consumer campaigns and “retail regulation” – as well as development of the benign-by-design chemistry field itself. Forsythia continues to weigh its future grant making toward the goals of significantly expanding validated chemicals testing protocols, chemicals information systems, and training of chemists. The foundation’s efforts at scaling the benign-by-design materials field also include an initiative to spur innovation in and commercialization of green chemistry technologies, in the form of a de-risking and commercialization lab in the United States.

Forsythia has funded nonprofits that are cataloguing and evaluating suites of existing chemicals assays; developing new chemicals testing protocols; supporting the creation of validated product and supply chain chemicals screening methodologies and programs; and advancing alternatives assessment tools and communities of practice. By funding initiatives that organize and generate better data, groundwork is being put in place to educate lay people, medical professionals, scientists, media, and policy makers about the dangers of toxic chemicals and opportunities for safer substitutes.

Forsythia aims to bolster advocates’, scientists’, industry’s, and entrepreneurs’ ability to make the case for safer products and benign-by-design innovation, ultimately helping to build an economy of materials and products that are safe for all people and communities.

2012 Foundation Grants
Forsythia Foundation awarded the following grants in 2012:

BlueGreen Alliance Foundation
Minneapolis, MN
Co-support for founding meeting to create an intellectual and practice “commons” for chemical hazard and alternative assessment

Bolinas, CA
General operating support for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

San Francisco, CA
Support for the environmental health/toxics program

Environmental Defense Fund
New York, NY
Support for science-based work aimed at better testing of chemicals and green chemistry

Gordon Research Conferences
West Kingston, RI
Registration/travel support for Gordon Research Conference and Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar on environmental endocrine disruptors

The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Washington, DC
Support for Advancing Green Chemistry lecture and subsequent roundtable discussion

Moving Train
Los Altos, CA
Production support for The Human Experiment documentary on the effects of toxic chemicals on human health

Rachel’s Network
Washington, DC
Annual membership

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC
Support for a meeting in Berlin to define the research and regulatory needs around endocrine disrupting chemicals and to develop a plan to resolve disputes regarding risk assessment measures for them

Science & Environmental Health Network
Ames, IA
Support for Dr. Ted Schettler’s environmental health research and policy analysis

Society of Toxicology
Reston, VA
Support for the Prenatal Programming Toxicology III Conference in Paris

Tides Center
San Francisco, CA
General operating support for Clean Production Action in Medford, MA

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Support for the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment’s work to create healthier environments through advancing the intersection of science, medicine, and policy

Virginia Organizing
Charlottesville, VA
Support for Advancing Green Chemistry’s scientists to create a testing protocol to design chemicals that are inherently free of potential endocrine disrupting activity

Support for Environmental Health Sciences’ Advancing the Science project

Support for the Science Communications Network’s work in environmental health sciences communications