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These are important times for environmental journalism. Washington has been taken over by an administration that works to reverse environmental regulations and has been openly hostile to journalists and journalism. We need your support to ensure that the Society of Environmental Journalists can continue its important work supporting hard-hitting environmental reporting. As a nonprofit, we rely on your donations to help us make that work possible. Can you make a gift now? Please give generously and share SEJ's donor link with your followers today: Now more than ever, you make the difference!

Your generous gifts, provided by SEJ founders, members and friends, university hosts of SEJ annual conferences and media company sponsors, support SEJ’s lively network of journalists, students and educators worldwide. You power news-making  conferences, training and tours, publications, awards, story grants and Freedom of Information WatchDog project. Please also consider SEJ in your estate planning.

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Current and Recent Funding Sources:


SEJ 2022 Gifts from Individuals*


Amy Gulick  |  anonymous


Eleanor Drey and Warren Saunders  |  Thomas Minka  |  Meaghan Parker and Damon Horn  |  Mark Schleifstein


Tony Barboza  |  Sara Hiles  |  anonymous


Luan Akin  |  Emilia Askari (in memory of Noel Grove)  |  Glenda Booth  |  Sam Eaton  |  Nancy Grossman (in memory of Lizzie Grossman)  |  Kathiann Kowalski (in memory of Bethany Meissner)  |  Cindy MacDonald  |  Rico Moore  |  Gregory Pasztor  |  Luke Runyon  |  Mark Schapiro  |  Michael Smith (in honor of Britny Cordera)  |  Meera Subramanian  |  Michael Warren  |  Timothy Wheeler  |  anonymous


John Addison  |  Greg Flakus  |  Christy George  |  Meagan Jeanette  |  Rocky Kistner  |  Michael Kodas  |  Leonore Lakshmanan  |  Rebecca Leber  |  John Mecklin  |  Madeline Ostrander  |  Annie Ropeik  |  Douglas Struck  |  Rebecca Theim  |  Edward Wolf  |  anonymous


Host and Sponsors of #SEJ2022, 31st Annual Conference, March 30-April 3


Rice University logoConference Host


See all #SEJ2022 sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers.


SEJ 2022 Program and Operating Grants


SEJ 2022 Unrestricted Gifts from Any Source


Anthropocene Institute



SEJ 2021 Gifts from Individuals*




Jennifer Bogo  |  Eleanor Drey and Warren Saunders  |  Meaghan Parker and Damon Horn  |  Stan Wellborn  |  Carolyn Whetzel  |  A. Carey Zesiger


Len Ackland  |  Tony Barboza  |  Gloria Gonzalez  |  Sara Hiles  |  Kathiann Kowalski  |  Stuart Leavenworth  |  Kate Sheppard  |  Meera Subramanian  |  The Todd Family


John Addison  |  Emilia Askari  |  Jay Austin  |  Margie Bauman  |  Mary Berry  |  Erika Bolstad  |  Glenda Booth  |  Jane Braxton Little  |  James Bruggers  |  Beth Daley  |  Dennis Dimick  |  Sam Eaton  |  Dan Fagin  |  Sharon Friedman  |  Adam Glenn (in honor of Arya Glenn)  |  Gary Grigsby  |  Michael Hans  |  Greg Hanscom  |  Bonita Hay  |  Ian James  |  Michael Keating  |  Rocky Kistner  |  Michael Kodas  |  Sharon Lerner  |  Charles Lewis III (in memory of David Donald)  |  Cindy MacDonald  |  Molly McMullen-Laird  |  Rico Moore  |  Beth Parke  |  Barbara Parker  |  Laura Paskus  |  Bruce Ritchie  |  Luke Runyon  |  David Sassoon  |  Mark Schapiro  |  Sara Schonhardt  |  Hilary Stone  |  Muriel Strand  |  Javier Torres  |  Morris "Bud" Ward  |  Michael Warren  |  Stephen Whisnant  |  Denny Wilkins  |  Edward Wolf


Anthony Davis  |  Jeffrey Day  |  Christy George  |  Emily Gertz  |  Nancy Grossman (in memory of Lizzie Grossman)  |  Michael Halpern  |  John Helland  |  David Helvarg  |  Erik Hoffner  |  Meagan Jeanette  |  Cheryl Katz  |  Bobby Magill  |  Barbara Maynard  |  Robert McClure  |  David Miller  |  Ronald Moir  |  Christine Nelson  |  Leonore Lakshmanan  |  Daniel Rothberg  |  Douglas Struck


SEJ 2021 Program and Operating Grants


SEJ 2021 Unrestricted Gifts from Any Source


Anthropocene Institute



Past Supporters


*   The gifts from individuals do not include names of those who requested anonymity.

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Programs and operations of the Society of Environmental Journalists are funded by foundation grants in response to SEJ proposals, media company contributions, earned income, university, media company and foundation sponsorship of the annual conference, occasional regional events, individual donations, and unrestricted contributions of general support up to $15,000 from diverse sources.

SEJ does not seek or accept corporate, advocacy group or government sponsorship of the annual conference. Diverse sources participate in SEJ's annual conference as advertisers, exhibitors and hosts of independent hospitality events. These activities do not designate or constitute program sponsorship. All program agenda choices, editorial choices for publications, winner decisions for fellowships, awards and mini-grant winners are made at the sole discretion of SEJ staff and volunteer program leaders, independent of any organizational revenue source, including foundation underwriters, individual donors, advertisers, exhibitors, and university and media company hosts of annual conferences. For more information on policies of the Society of Environmental Journalists, see

Many foundation grants to SEJ are awarded as general support. Grants received by SEJ for specific projects are based on proposals that originate from SEJ's executive director, with guidance from the Board of Directors. Sources of earned income for the organization include conference registration fees, conference exhibitors, IHEs, and advertisement fees, membership dues, mail list rental, and subscription fees.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, SEJ files an annual Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. The public may also view a copy of the most recent independent audits of SEJ's finances: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010/2009. In addition, SEJ maintains a current profile on Candid/GuideStar and the Charity Directory (formerly, Foundation Source Access).