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This year is an important one for environmental journalism. A new administration has taken over in Washington, one that has pledged to reverse environmental regulations and been openly hostile to journalists and journalism. We need your support to ensure that the Society of Environmental Journalists can continue its important work supporting hard-hitting environmental reporting. As a nonprofit, we rely on your donations to help us make that work possible. Can you make a gift now? Please give generously and share SEJ's donor link with your followers today: Now more than ever, you make the difference!

Your generous gifts, provided by SEJ founders, members and friends, university hosts of SEJ annual conferences and media company sponsors, support SEJ’s lively network of journalists, students and educators worldwide. You power news-making  conferences, training and tours, publications, awards, story grants and Freedom of Information WatchDog project. Please also consider SEJ in your estate planning.

Environmental coverage is keeping the change. Thank you.



SEJ 2017 Gifts from Individuals*


Grossman, Morse and Freeman families


James Detjen  |  John Manuel


Kathy Attar  |  Arlene Blum  |  Glenda Booth  |  Charlotte Brody  |  Jonathan Cobb  |  Natalie Coe  |  Andrea Cook  |  Dennis Dimick  |  Peter Fairley  |  Jeff Flath  |  Gloria Gonzalez  |  Mary Hallie O'Brien  |  Thomas Hayden  |  Jane Kay  |  Rona Kobell  |  Cat Lazaroff  |  Tom Lent  |  Sharon Lerner  |  Charles Lewis  |  Gerald Marzorati  |  Craig Miller  |  Celeste Monforton  |  Susan Moran  |  Nancy Nichols  |  Beth Parke  |  Vince Patton  |  Leslie Pilgrim  |  Annie Reisewitz  |  Cristine Russell  |  Jennifer Sass  |  Mark Schleifstein  |  Kathleen Sheppard  |  Benjamin M. Sherman  |  Kassie Siegel  |  Rena Steinzor  |  Lana Straub  |  Rae Tyson  |  Nadia White  |  Roger Witherspoon  |  Edward C. Wolf  |  plus anonymous donors


Ashley Ahearn  |  Laurel Bender  |  Charlotte Bond  |  Ashley Braun  |  Jane Braxton Little  |  Chris Bruggers  |  Carol Ann Brzozowski  |  Joseph Davis  |  Gloria Dickie  |  Jun Takaki Dinyarian  |  Elizabeth Dunham  |  Kiley Edgley  |  Jana Goldman  |  Mary Hoff  |  Brian Howard  |  Ann Johansson  |  Cheryl Katz  |  Beth Kracklauer  |  Nancy Lord  |  Gilly Lyons  |  Charles Margulis  |  Nancy Matsumoto  |  Elizabeth H. McGowan  |  Peter McHugh  |  Suzanne Palminteri  |  Laura Paskus  |  Layton Register  |  Kathleen Smythe  |  Tracy Staedter  |  Kim Stafford  |  Brett Walton  |  Jennifer Weeks  |  Matthew Wheeland  |  Lori Witzel  |  Christine Woodside  |  plus anonymous donors

SEJ 2017 Memorial Gifts
"The Lizzie" SEJ Conference Fellowship


Sponsors of SEJ's 27th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Oct. 4-8, 2017


Conference Host and Primary Sponsor

Conference Contributors and Sponsors

  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • The Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • EarthJustice
  • Pittsburgh Green Story
  • The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation
  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
  • Bloomberg BNA
  • Pittsburgh Black Media Federation
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Audubon


Foundation Grants 2016-2017:

Foundation Grants 2015-2016:




Past Supporters


*   The list does not include names of those who requested anonymity.


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Programs and operations of the Society of Environmental Journalists are funded by foundation grants in response to SEJ proposals, media company contributions, earned income, university, media company and foundation sponsorship of the annual conference, occasional regional events, individual donations, and unrestricted contributions of general support up to $15,000 from diverse sources.

SEJ does not seek or accept corporate, advocacy group or government sponsorship of the annual conference. Diverse sources participate in SEJ's annual conference as advertisers, exhibitors and hosts of independent hospitality events. These activities do not designate or constitute program sponsorship. All program agenda choices, editorial choices for publications, winner decisions for fellowships, awards and mini-grant winners are made at the sole discretion of SEJ staff and volunteer program leaders, independent of any organizational revenue source, including foundation underwriters, individual donors, advertisers, exhibitors, and university and media company hosts of annual conferences. For more information on policies of the Society of Environmental Journalists, see

Many foundation grants to SEJ are awarded as general support. Grants received by SEJ for specific projects are based on proposals that originate from SEJ's executive director, with guidance from the Board of Directors. Sources of earned income for the organization include conference registration fees, conference exhibitors, IHEs, and advertisement fees, membership dues, mail list rental, and subscription fees.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, SEJ files an annual Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. The public may also view a copy of the most recent independent audits of SEJ's finances (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010/2009) and Annual Report of Activities. Older Annual Reports and Form 990s are posted here. In addition, SEJ maintains a current profile on Guidestar and the Charity Directory (formerly, Foundation Source Access).