Brining Transparency to Environmental Philanthropy

Working in partnership Viable Industries LLC., Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW), and Chesapeake Commons successfully launched FPWGrants.org. The new site allows FPW staff and the general public to visualize, query, and roll up invaluable statistics on 1,021 environmental restoration projects throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Leveraging the open source technology of Commons Cloud, FPW can transparently share the impact of their grant making dollar for dollar by watershed, Pennsylvania House/Senate district, county, or large scale river basin.

Users are able to effectively drill down to view project investments by interacting with a series of well designed search tools making FPW’s grant’s database open and transparent. For example FPW was named the benefactor of a 2011 settlement from GenOn-a coal-fired electric power producer. This settlement resulted in 3.5 million dollars for environmental projects within the Kiski/Conemaugh watersheds and is geared to leverage other grant funded restoration work. Using the new site, program officers at FPW are able to track, document, and share the on going work funded by the GenOn settlement dollars, demonstrating accountability and impact through environmental grantmaking.

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