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Great Lakes Funder Collaboration

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


The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration steering committee for 2022 includes: 

  • Jon Beard, Great Lakes Fishery Trust

  • Steve Cole, Great Lakes Protection Fund

  • Casey Eggelston, Fund for Lake Michigan

  • Amanda Herzog,  Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation

  • Annette Jimenez Gleason, Rochester Area Community Foundation

  • Aaron Koch, Crown Family Philanthropies (Co-chair)

  • 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

Opportunities for Involvement 

The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration meets annually.  

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. 

Funders interested in joining are enthusiastically encouraged to join. To join or if you have questions about the Collaboration, please contact Lauren Bigelow, program coordinator: [email protected].