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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.

Environmental coverage is keeping the change. Thank you.


Current and Recent Funding Sources:


SEJ 2023 Gifts From Individuals*


Laura Turner Seydel  |  anonymous via American Endowment Foundation


Damon Horn and Meaghan Parker  |  Jay Letto  |  Thomas Minka


Kathiann Kowalski  |  William Walkey


Margie Bauman  |  Glenda Booth  |  Sara Bowen  |  Jacob Frank (in honor of Ian Morse) |  Bruce Ritchie  |  Sara Edelson  |  Kathie Florsheim  |  Rico Moore  |  Humphry Smith  |  The Todd Family  |  Michael Warren  |  anonymous via Fidelity Charitable


Dillon Bergin  |  Peter Fairley  |  Adam Glenn  |  Meagan Jeanette  |  Erin Jordan  |  Michael Keating  |  Melody Kemp  |  Sarah Koenigsberg  |  Leonore Lakshmanan  |  Meg McGuire  |  Mary Miller  |  Susan Peirce  |  Mark Schapiro  |  Muriel Strand  |  Amanda Vail  |  anonymous  |  anonymous via Zwilliams Fund


Host and Sponsors of #SEJ2023, 32nd Annual Conference, April 19-23


Boise State University logoConference Host and Visionary Sponsor








SEJ 2023 Program and Operating Grants


SEJ 2023 Unrestricted Gifts From Any Source


Ronin International Limited





SEJ 2022 Gifts From Individuals*


Amy Gulick  |  Dianne & Mark Schleifstein  |  anonymous


Eleanor Drey and Warren Saunders  |  Thomas Minka  |  Meaghan Parker and Damon Horn  |  Carolyn Whetzel  |  anonymous


Tony Barboza  |  Jennifer Bogo  |  Karan Goel  |  Sara Hiles  |  Kathiann Kowalski (in memory of Bethany Meissner)  |  Stuart Leavenworth  |  David B. Morse  |  Michael Smith (in honor of Britny Cordera)  |  anonymous (in honor of Nadia Lopez)


Luan Akin  |  Emilia Askari (in memory of Noel Grove)  |  Cynthia Barnett  |  Glenda Booth  |  James Bruggers  |  James Detjen (in memory of Kevin Carmody and Noel Grove)  |  Dennis Dimick  |  Sam Eaton  |  Dan Fagin  |  Nancy Grossman (in memory of Lizzie Grossman)  |  Mick Hans  |  Bonita Hay  |  Susan Hess  |  Rocky Kistner  |  Rebecca Leber  |  Jennifer Laszio Mizrahi and Victor Mizrahi  |  Cindy MacDonald  |  Rico Moore  |  Gregory Pasztor  |  Luke Runyon  |  David Sassoon  |  Karen Schaefer  |  Mark Schapiro  |  Meera Subramanian  |  Beth Ward (in honor of Tony Barboza)  |  Michael Warren  |  Timothy Wheeler  |  anonymous


John Addison  |  William Allen  |  Jay Austin  |  Frances Backhouse  |  Richard Blaustein  |  Osha Davidson  |  Greg Flakus  |  Sharon Friedman  |  Christy George  |  Michael Halpern  |  Richard Hartung  |  David Helvarg  |  Meagan Jeanette  |  Cheryl Katz  |  Michael Kodas  |  Leonore Lakshmanan  |  Nadia Lopez  |  Mark MacIntyre (in memory of Kevin Carmody)  |  Sheri McWhirter  |  John Mecklin  |  Kristin Ohlson  |  Madeline Ostrander  |  Laura Paskus  |  Annie Ropeik  |  Ricardo Rosa  |  Daniel Rothberg  |  Phil Smith (in honor of Anton Delgado)  |  David Spratt  |  Douglas Struck  |  Rebecca Theim  |  Morris "Bud" Ward  |  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




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 here. In addition, SEJ maintains a current profile on Candid/GuideStar and the Charity Directory (formerly, Foundation Source Access).