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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 $75 million to advance work on Great Lakes issues.  


In 2024, the Great Lakes Funder Collaboration co-chairs are Aaron Koch, Alta Futures and Vicki Elkin, Fund for Lake Michigan.

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 connect with us.  More details can be found on our website:

To join or if you have questions about the Collaboration, please contact co-chair Vicki Elkin at