Great Lakes Funder Collaboration

The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration is comprised of more than 50 funders that annually grant more than $50 million to advance work on Great Lakes issues in the United States and Canada.

Member funders work to improve their individual effectiveness and to identify ways they can work together to protect and improve the quality of the Great Lakes and its communities.


The purpose of the Great Lakes Funder Collaboration is bring together funders across the United States and Canada interested in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. These funders are faced with many challenges and opportunities both in understanding and addressing this critical and complex system and the role they play, individually and collectively, in protecting and restoring it.


The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration meets annually.  The 2022 Annual Meeting will take place on October 17 and 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Registration information and a draft agenda will be available soon.

The Collaboration periodically holds webinars and conference calls on topics of interest for funders. There are quarterly work group calls on water infrastructure, nutrient pollution and legacy pollutants/emerging contaminants.

Please reach out to Lauren Bigelow, program coordinator, for more details: [email protected].


The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration steering committee is comprised of funders from the United States and Canada. The 2022 steering committee includes:

  • Jon Beard, Great Lakes Fishery Trust
  • Steve Cole, Great Lakes Protection Fund
  • Casey Eggleston, Fund for Lake Michigan
  • Annette Jimenez Gleason, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Amanda Herzog, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
  • Katie Hanson, Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Melanie Moore, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Thea Silver, Environment Funders Canada (co-chair)
  • Allie Urbanski, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (co-chair)
  • Suzanne Veenstra, Niagara Community Foundation
  • Leslie Young, Wege Foundation

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Funders interested in joining are enthusiastically encouraged to complete this membership application. If you have questions about the Collaboration, please contact Lauren Bigelow, program coordinator: [email protected].