Like many nonprofit, public-interest entities supported by charitable contributions (all contributions to MSLF are tax deductible), MSLF received one third of its annual budget in 2015 from its 83 largest donors (whose contributions range from $155,000 to $5,000), one third from 200 donors (whose contributions range from $4,999 to $1,000), and the remaining third from another 7,121 donors (whose contributions range from $999 to $1).  Unlike national environmental organizations, however, MSLF’s annual budget is tiny $2.1 million v. $20, $40, $60, and even $250 million).

Furthermore, the support MSLF receives from major corporations and foundations is very small compared to that received from those entities by national environmental groups.  For example, it is not unusual for major corporations to donate from $25,000 to $100,000 and more annually to environmental groups.  In sharp contrast, MSLF’s largest major corporate donor contributed $155,000 in 2015; second place belongs to a corporate donor that contributed $25,000.  In fact, MSLF’s average contribution from major corporate supporters is $8,794.

Scores of left of center foundations annually make contributions to national environmental organizations ranging from tens of thousands of dollars ($50,000 is not unusual) to several hundreds of thousands of dollars (as much as $990,000)!  On the other hand, MSLF receives major grants from only ten national foundations ($75,000, $60,000, $60,000, $50,000, $50,000, $30,000, $25,000, $25,000, $15,000 and $15,000), with most of MSLF’s foundation support coming in grants of $10,000 or less.  In fact, MSLF’s average annual contribution from foundations in 2015 was $14,436.


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