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NorthLight Foundation

Joined in October 2020

About Us

NorthLight Foundation envisions a world where the Earth’s environment is healthy, protected, and sustained for future generations. Our work focuses on building power across diverse communities to lead on environmental protection, with a particular focus on climate and land conservation. We fund through a lens of environmental justice.

The Foundation invests in five programmatic areas of focus, each centering on environmental movement building: leadership development, cross-movement collaboration, just transition, innovative strategies, and communications. A sixth area of focus is Alaska and the Arctic. NorthLight Foundation also supports scholarship and education through the John L. Tishman Fund. As a family foundation, the Trustees continue to support a range of additional causes and institutions of personal importance, including cutting edge brain science.

We envision a world in which:

  • Frontline communities across the country lead the charge for environmental protection with an effective, robust movement infrastructure and leaders equipped with the tools to address new challenges.
  • The environmental movement is growing, not shrinking, with new advocates, new tactics and new, effective messages.
  • The core base of the movement is strengthened by empowering groups led by low income people and people of color, who are disproportionately affected by environmental assaults.
  • The movement is broadened and deepened by new alliances with others also committed to the health and enjoyment of our environment – and the human communities it sustains.
  • The significant gains that environmental advocates have won in recent years are protected.
  • Critical new wins are not only achieved but lasting; in particular, sensitive and high value areas are free from encroachment by extractive industries and climate change solutions are widely supported and durable.


NorthLight Foundation envisions a world where the Earth’s environment is healthy, protected, and sustained for future generations. Our work focuses on building power across diverse communities to lead on environmental protection, with a…

Issue Areas Include

  • Climate Change
  • Environment & Sustainability

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