Everglades Foundation

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The Everglades Foundation
TheEvergladesFoundation logo 2016.jpg
Founded 1993
Palmetto Bay, Florida
Type 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
Focus Environmentalism
Location
Area served
Florida Everglades
Method Science-based research, programs, education, advocacy, communications
Key people
Chairman, Marshall Field
CEO, Eric Eikenberg
VP of Programs, Tom Van Lent
VP of Development, Deborah Johnson
Slogan One Mission. One Priority. Restoring America's Everglades.
Website http://www.evergladesfoundation.org/

History[edit]

Satellite image from NASA showing the Everglades ecoregion as delineated by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The region south of the yellow line includes Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, the Big Cypress Swamp, the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, the estuarine mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands, and Florida Bay.

The Everglades Foundation was formed by a group of outdoor enthusiasts, environmentalists and residents of Florida who were concerned over the decline of the Everglades and the resulting damage in the nearby natural and protected areas such as Florida Bay. The original founding members, George Barley, a wealthy Orlando developer, and billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II, spearheaded the organization's growth, and shared the same concern over the steady decline of the environmental balance in this unique and delicate ecosystem, due to poor water management and pollution.[1]

The Foundation was created and founded in 1993, and is currently operated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This organization is supported by noteworthy performers, professional athletes, and business persons. Included in the list is Jimmy Buffett and golfer Jack Nicklaus.[2]

Focus[edit]

The Everglades Foundation is dedicated to advancing an understanding of the Greater Everglades ecosystem and its irreplaceable environmental and economic value. The organization is funded primarily from private donations. The Foundation’s board covers administrative and fund raising expenses separately and entirely each year. This allows the Foundation to state that 100 percent of each donation goes directly to support programs to restore the Everglades. Donations provide scientists, policy analysts, researchers, communications experts and other professionals with funding to address complex issues involved in saving the River of Grass. The Everglades Foundation directs some of their resources toward the organizations that hold congruent philosophies on Everglades restoration. Foundation-supported grant programs allow collaboration instead of competition with several non-profit organizations to focus efforts instead of working individually on like-minded environmental concerns [3]

The organization employs PH.D-level scientists who work to promote the understanding of the greater Everglades ecosystem. The Foundation provides its expertise and research to these partner organizations in addition to grant funding. This is one of the strengths of the organization, and as such, the Everglades Foundation is often called on to provide expertise on policy issues impacting the Everglades with local governments such as Miami-Dade County, Florida,[4] as well as the federal Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project.[5]

Key personnel[edit]

  • Marshall Field, Chairman [6]
  • Eric Eikenberg - CEO [7]
  • Dr Tom Van Lent - VP of Programs [8]
  • Deborah Johnson - VP of Development [9]

Fundraising[edit]

The Everglades Foundation holds an annual benefit known as the ForEverglades Benefit in Palm Beach, Fla., in February to increase awareness and funding to support scientific research and other programs related to Everglades restoration. The Everglades Foundation also dedicates funds for legal action to ensure the protection of the Everglades if needed.

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