Non-profit

Food and Water Watch (FWW)

Website:

www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

32-0160439

DUNS Number:

05-422-8969

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $17,168,724
Expenses: $17,256,085
Assets: $11,107,328

Formation:

2005

Executive Director:

Wenonah Hauter

Executive Director's Compensation:

$168,435

Latest Tax Filing:

2019 Form 990

Food and Water Watch (FWW) is an environmentalist organizing group involved in campaigns against natural gas development, bottled water, and genetically modified foods, among other things. The organization is best known for its campaigns against shale gas exploration in New York and Colorado, though it also was deeply involved in efforts to mandate labels on genetically modified foods.

FWW tactics emphasize local bans on hydraulic fracturing, a method of gas drilling that has grown in usage in recent years. In campaigning for these prohibitions, FWW and its activists create front organizations to obscure the involvement of national groups (including Food and Water Watch itself)[1][2]

Food and Water Watch funders include core environmentalist foundations, other major progressive foundations, and donor-advised funds that allow donors to conceal their identities. Community foundations, a form of donor-advised fund, provided over half of FWW’s total revenues in each year from 2011 through 2014.[3] Other FWW funders also include traditional environmentalist funders like the Park Foundation, the Tides Foundation, and the Town Creek Foundation.[4]

Food and Water Watch has been criticized for its selective use of scientific evidence to exaggerate the potential risks of natural gas drilling and the impacts of genetic improvement of food. The group has solicited voter pledges to oppose water fluoridation in Portland, Oregon.[5]

Background

Food and Water Watch is a well-funded environmentalist organization that leads the campaign against natural gas exploration. The group also attacks foreign trade, advocates for government control of water supplies, and protests the use of genetically engineered crops.

Food and Water Watch developed from the Ralph Nader-founded Public Citizen network. Prior to taking over FWW executive director Wenonah Hauter was director of Public Citizen’s energy policy program.[6] The Public Citizen Foundation has contributed funds to Food and Water Watch, transferring $12,593 to Food and Water Watch shortly after the latter’s founding in 2007.[7]

FWW has grown steadily since its founding in 2005. By 2011, FWW reported revenues of over $11 million, up from $3 million in 2006.[8]

Funding

Food and Water Watch relies heavily on donor-advised funds for its revenues. Donor-advised funds allow contributors to avoid disclosing their identities, as the funds report grants to other 501(c)(3) groups as contributions from the fund rather than the donor. Food and Water Watch does not readily disclose its donors.

In 2012, Food and Water Watch received $10,121,200 in contributions from donor-advised funds, including the National Philanthropic Trust, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. In total, those three donor-advised foundations provided 84.3 percent of the group’s 2012 revenues.[9]

Similar results hold for 2013. Food and Water Watch received contributions from the Chicago Community Trust, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Columbus Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, all of which operate donor-advised funds. These contributions totaled $9,835,300 or 74.4% of FWW’s revenues.[10]

Community foundations provided a similar chunk of FWW’s 2014 revenue. Contributions from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Columbus Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation provided $9,016,900 or 61.0% of Food and Water Watch yearly revenue.[11]

In addition to the anonymous or “dark money” contributions from community foundations, FWW receives money from other identifiable organizations. The Park Foundation, a major environmentalist contributor, provided $375,000 of FWW’s 2013 revenue with a further $250,000 provided in 2014.[12]

Donors to FWW

The following are known grants to Food and Water Watch: [13]

FoundationAmountYearGrant Description
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$6,750,000 2015Recreation & sports
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$6,471,200 2012General Support
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$6,450,000 2011Support for environmental projects
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$6,100,000 2017Environment (FOOD AND WATER WATCH)
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$4,615,000 2014General Support
Columbus Foundation$3,900,000 2018SOCIAL SERVICES
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$3,000,300 2013Support for environmental projects
Jewish Communal Fund$2,750,000 2009General support
Renaissance Charitable Foundation$2,650,000 2009Human services
Columbus Foundation$2,600,000 2015Social services
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program$2,500,000 2008Human services
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$2,310,333 2018Environment (FOOD AND WATER WATCH)
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$2,300,000 2016Support for environmental projects
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$2,245,000 2013General Support
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$2,156,500 2015Supporting families
Santa Barbara Foundation$2,151,000 2018HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Columbus Foundation$2,150,000 2017SOCIAL SERVICES
Columbus Foundation$2,150,000 2018SOCIAL SERVICES
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation$2,150,000 2011General Support
Santa Barbara Foundation$2,150,000 2017HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Columbus Foundation$2,000,000 2018SOCIAL SERVICES
Columbus Foundation$2,000,000 2017SOCIAL SERVICES
Columbus Foundation$2,000,000 2016Social services
Columbus Foundation$1,900,000 2016Social services
Schwab Charitable Fund$1,900,000 2009Social Services
Renaissance Charitable Foundation$1,763,253 2010Envt & animals
National Philanthropic Trust$1,500,000 2012Human services
Jewish Communal Fund$1,425,000 2007
Columbus Foundation$1,300,000 2013Social services
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$1,151,500 2016Supporting families
Chicago Community Trust$1,150,000 2013For general operating support
Columbus Foundation$1,150,000 2014Social services
Columbus Foundation$1,150,000 2014Social services
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$1,150,000 2012Support for environmental projects
Columbus Foundation$1,075,000 2013Social services
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$1,075,000 2016For grant recipent's exempt purposes
Columbus Foundation$1,050,000 2013Social services
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$1,001,900 2014Building community
Columbus Foundation$1,000,000 2016Social services
Columbus Foundation$1,000,000 2016Social services
Columbus Foundation$1,000,000 2014Social services
Columbus Foundation$1,000,000 2015Social services
Columbus Foundation$1,000,000 2012Social services
National Philanthropic Trust$1,000,000 2012Human services
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program$1,000,000 2011General operating expenses
Jewish Communal Fund$945,000 2008
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program$890,000 2007Human services
Schwab Charitable Fund$800,000 2008
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program$800,000 2009Human services
Jewish Communal Fund$750,000 2011Unrestricted general support
Schwab Charitable Fund$500,000 2008
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$400,000 2009General Support
Schwab Charitable Fund$390,006 2007
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$325,000 2009General Support
Schwab Charitable Fund$315,000 2007
Schwab Charitable Fund$300,000 2008
Annenberg Foundation$250,000 2012To support the invest in local water first and anti-fracking campaigns in Los Angeles
Columbus Foundation$250,000 2016Social services
Schmidt Family Foundation$250,000 2012To support the economic cost of food monopolies and food & water justice program
National Philanthropic Trust$237,776 2011Human services
Schmidt Family Foundation$220,000 2016Raising awareness around environmental impacts of fossil fuels
Marty & Dorothy Silverman Foundation$200,000 2018
Schmidt Family Foundation$200,000 2015Raising Awareness around Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuel
Town Creek Foundation$200,000 2015Food & water justice project / Maryland organizing
Town Creek Foundation$200,000 2014Food & water justice project/integrator accountability
Town Creek Foundation$200,000 2013Chesapeake Bay program - food & water justice project/integrator liability campaign
Annenberg Foundation$175,000 2016Michigan organizer and national water campaigner
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$170,180 2018For grant recipient's exempt purposes
Annenberg Foundation$170,000 2014Advocacy project to protect the great lakes
Town Creek Foundation$170,000 2011Project grant to support continued litigation to hold large poultry corporations accountable for the pollution generated by their contract farms
Jewish Communal Fund$168,400 2010Unrestricted general support
Park Foundation$150,000 2011National water campaign to stop the private control of water and protect and conserve the nation's water resources
Park Foundation$150,000 2010National water campaign
Schmidt Family Foundation$150,000 2011To support the economic analysis of impacts of consolidation on agriculture in rural communities
Schmidt Family Foundation$150,000 2014To support raising environmental md health risks awareness surrounding fracking in ca.
Dr Bronners Family Foundation$125,000 2013To effect the organization's exempt purpose.
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$125,000 2009General Support
Mcknight Foundation$125,000 2016
Park Foundation$125,000 2012National water campaign to prevent the private control of water and protect and conserve the nation's water resources
Park Foundation$125,000 2008The Take Back the Tap campaign
Park Foundation$125,000 2013National water campaign to prevent the private control of water and protect and conserve the nation's water resources
Town Creek Foundation$125,000 2011Project support grant of $125 000 for its legal watch program the program will develop and implement legal strategies to promote clean water and safe food in the Chesapeake watershed particularly targeting the poultry industry
Maine Community Foundation$110,000 2010Maine program to protect water in the public interest
Park Foundation$110,000 2014National water campaign to prevent the private control of water and protect and conserve the nation's water resources
Columbus Foundation$100,000 2014Social services
Dr Bronners Family Foundation$100,000 2015ORGANIZATION'S EXEMPT PURPOSE
Dr Bronners Family Foundation$100,000 2016ORGANIZATION'S EXEMPT PURPOSE
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$100,000 2009General Support
Park Foundation$100,000 2014New Yorkers against fracking coalition
Park Foundation$100,000 2006Water for all campaign
Park Foundation$100,000 2007The take back the tap campaign
Schmidt Family Foundation$100,000 2015Raising Awareness around Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuel
Schmidt Family Foundation$100,000 2015Food & Water Justice
Schmidt Family Foundation$100,000 2016Food & water justice
C.S. Fund$75,000 2007Our world is not for sale general support
Mcknight Foundation$75,000 2015To reduce livestock pollution in the upper Mississippi river basin by enforcing the clean water act
New World Foundation$75,000 2016General support
Park Foundation$75,000 2013New Yorkers against fracking coalition
Park Foundation$75,000 2013New Yorkers against fracking
Schmidt Family Foundation$75,000 2013To support the work on fracking ban
Stephen M Silberstein Foundation$75,000 2015Advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$70,000 2009General Support
Maine Community Foundation$70,000 2011Take Back the Tap Campaign in Maine and 2012 Water Conference
Park Foundation$65,000 2012New Yorkers against fracking
Schmidt Family Foundation$65,000 2012To support education and outreach on fracking in New York
Park Foundation$60,000 2008The Water Front Outreach and Education Program
Park Foundation$60,000 2012New Yorkers against fracking
Arkay Foundation$50,000 2015Ban Fracking campaign
Bellwether Foundation II$50,000 2014General support
C.S. Fund$50,000 2006Our world is not for sale general support
Claneil Foundation$50,000 2011Take back the tap
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$50,000 2016For grant recipent's exempt purposes
Park Foundation$50,000 2013New Yorkers against fracking coalition
Park Foundation$50,000 2013New Yorkers against fracking
Public Welfare Foundation$50,000 2007General support
Public Welfare Foundation$50,000 2008Project support for the water for all campaign
Rose Foundation For Communities And The Environment$50,000 2012Environmental stewardship
Taitanchi Foundation$50,000 2017GRANT
Taitanchi Foundation$50,000 2018GRANT
Walrath Family Foundation$50,000 2012General support
Tides Foundation$49,000 2013General support for New Yorkers against fracking (NEW YORKERS AGAINST FRACKING)
Tides Foundation$41,481 2014General support
Arkay Foundation$40,000 2016Ban fracking campaign
Bellwether Foundation II$40,000 2015General support
Brightwater Fund$40,000 2014General use
Claneil Foundation$40,000 2015A project of food & water watch
Dr Bronners Family Foundation$40,000 2017Organization's exempt purpose
Dr Bronners Family Foundation$40,000 2018Organization's exempt purpose
Park Foundation$40,000 2014Campaign to ban fracking in New York
Park Foundation$40,000 2012New Yorkers against fracking
Santa Barbara Foundation$40,000 2014General support
Schwab Charitable Fund$39,425 2018HUMAN SERVICES
Mcknight Foundation$37,500 2013To reduce agricultural pollution in the upper Mississippi River corridor
Mcknight Foundation$37,500 2014To support efforts to reduce pollution from factory farms in the upper Mississippi River basin
Mcknight Foundation$37,500 2012To reduce agricultural pollution in the upper Mississippi River corridor
Mcknight Foundation$37,500 2015To support efforts to reduce pollution from factory farms in the upper Mississippi river basin
Bellwether Foundation II$30,000 2012General support
Brightwater Fund$30,000 2015General use
Corbett Family Charitable Foundation$30,000 2016General Support
Fledgling Fund$30,000 2009Pig Business Outreach
Lannan Foundation$30,000 2006Conference funding
Mayer And Morris Kaplan Family Foundation$30,000 2016
T Rowe Price Program For Charitable Giving$30,000 2009
Woodshouse Foundation$30,000 2014
American Endowment Foundation$29,934 2016Program Funding
New World Foundation$29,000 2017GENERAL SUPPORT
New World Foundation$28,000 2015General support
Maine Community Foundation$25,500 2014For general support
American Endowment Foundation$25,300 2018PROGRAMS
American Endowment Foundation$25,000 2017PROGRAMS
Bellwether Foundation II$25,000 2013General support
Cloud Mountain Foundation$25,000 2015Support for environmental projects
Cloud Mountain Foundation$25,000 2016Support for environmental projects
Firedoll Foundation$25,000 2017Protect ca water resources
Maine Community Foundation$25,000 2012Take back the tap project in Maine
Marisla Foundation$25,000 2016Campaign to ban tracking in California
Mccune Foundation$25,000 2018COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Moriah Fund$25,000 2006Recommended for support of our world is not for sale a global coalition of organizations
Moriah Fund$25,000 2007Recommended for our world is not for sale
Taitanchi Foundation$25,000 2016General support
Tides Foundation$25,000 2013General support
Tortuga Foundation$25,000 2017General charitable purposes
Woodshouse Foundation$25,000 2016To support the organization's mission
Park Foundation$22,500 2014Expand the state-wide movement against oil fracking and other oil extraction techniques in California
Environment Now$21,400 2009Support for desal project
Boston Foundation$20,000 2013Environment/wildlife/agri
Brightwater Fund$20,000 2013General use
Corbett Family Charitable Foundation$20,000 2015General Support
Educational Foundation Of America$20,000 2016Campaign to ban fracking in Florida and promote renewable energy
Energy Foundation$20,000 2013To support education and analysis to build markets for clean affordable energy that protects public health
Firedoll Foundation$20,000 2016Bay delta conservation
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation$20,000 2015Regular program grants
Mccune Foundation$20,000 2017Community organizing
New World Foundation$20,000 2014General support
Rose Foundation For Communities And The Environment$20,000 2016Environmental stewardship
Rose Foundation For Communities And The Environment$20,000 2015Environmental Steward
Town Creek Foundation$20,000 2016Chesapeake bay program - food & water justice
Women Donors Network$20,000 2015Operating support
Woodshouse Foundation$20,000 2013
Schwab Charitable Fund$19,275 2016Social Services/Social benefits
Kaufman Family Foundation$18,500 2014General Support
Jewish Community Federation Of San Francisco The Peninsula Marin And Sonoma$17,780 2016Human Services
Women Donors Network$17,375 2014Support for anti-fracking organizer
Environmental Endowment For New Jersey$17,000 2018PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD AND CLEAN WATER
Franklin Conklin Foundation$17,000 2014General Support
Kaufman Family Foundation$16,000 2013General Support
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation$15,500 2016For support of take back the tap at NH colleges and universities
Cloud Mountain Foundation$15,000 2017Support for environmental projects
Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation$15,000 2016Environmental specific
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$15,000 2015
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$15,000 2015
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$15,000 2013For grant recipient's exempt purposes
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$15,000 2016For grant recipent's exempt purposes
Firedoll Foundation$15,000 2014Protect CA water
Janelia Foundation$15,000 2016Support for education and outreach to raise awareness about the environmental health and employee impacts of industrial chicken farms in the state of Maryland.
Marshall L And Perrine D Mccune Charitable Foundation$15,000 2015Stewardship of natural resources- general operating support
Mccune Foundation$15,000 2017Community organizing
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation$15,000 2015To support take back the tap at NH colleges and universities
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation$15,000 2013For general support
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation$15,000 2014To support 'take back the tap' at NH colleges and universities
Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation$15,000 2015TO HELP ACTIVITIES OF VAR PUBLIC CHAR INST WHICH ARE EXEMPT UNDER 501 (C)(3)
Tides Foundation$15,000 2014General support
Town Creek Foundation$15,000 2015Don't frack Maryland campaign
Schwab Charitable Fund$14,710 2015Social Services/Social Benefits
C.S. Fund$13,500 2006Strategic communications
Schwab Charitable Fund$13,070 2017Social services/social benefits
Public Citizen Foundation$12,593 2007Trade and water issues
Oregon Community Foundation$12,500 2016Food agriculture & nutrition
Marshall L And Perrine D Mccune Charitable Foundation$12,000 2014Safe food and water for New Mexicans
Rose Foundation For Communities And The Environment$11,000 2014Environmental stewar
Jewish Community Federation Of San Francisco The Peninsula Marin And Sonoma$10,250 2014Human services
Blumenthal Family Foundation$10,000 2015PUBLIC CHARITY
Boston Foundation$10,000 2011Operating support
Boston Foundation$10,000 2016Operating Support (FOOD AND WATER WATCH)
Boston Foundation$10,000 2014Support for environmental projects
Cloud Mountain Foundation$10,000 2013Support for environmental projects
Cloud Mountain Foundation$10,000 2012Support for environmental projects
Community Foundation For Greater Atlanta$10,000 2016General support
Community Foundation Serving Boulder County$10,000 2013General operating
CSP Charitable Foundation$10,000 2015General support
CSP Charitable Foundation$10,000 2017CHARITABLE
CSP Charitable Foundation$10,000 2016General Support
CSP Charitable Foundation$10,000 2018CHARITABLE
Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation$10,000 2015Environment specific
Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation$10,000 2014Environment specific
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$10,000 2014For grant recipient's exempt purposes
Fine & Greenwald Foundation$10,000 2016Support for Environmental Projects
Fine & Greenwald Foundation$10,000 2018ENVIRONMENTAL
Fine & Greenwald Foundation$10,000 2017Support for environmental projects
Franklin Conklin Foundation$10,000 2013General Support
Franklin Conklin Foundation$10,000 2015General Support
Kaufman Family Foundation$10,000 2012General support
Liberty Hill Foundation$10,000 2015To support your efforts to protect health air water property and quality of life in Los Angeles county from the negative environmental impacts of expanded oil drilling and other forms of fossil fuel extraction
Manaaki Foundation$10,000 2017Support general operations for the Don't Frack Maryland Collation Campaign
Neall Family Charitable Foundation$10,000 2017GENERAL CHARITABLE PURPOSES
New World Foundation$10,000 2012In support of new Yorkers against fracking
Orange County Community Foundation$10,000 2017ENVIRONMENT & ANIMAL WELFARE (FOOD AND WATER WATCH)
Oregon Community Foundation$10,000 2018Food Agriculture & Nutrition
San Diego Foundation$10,000 2016Food Agriculture & Nutrition
San Diego Foundation$10,000 2017ENVIRONMENT
Santa Barbara Foundation$10,000 2015FROM STEVE AND CINDY LYONS OF THE LYONS FAMILY FOUNDATION. PLEASE NOTIFY ADAM SCOW CALIFORNIA DIRECTOR OF THIS GRANT
Wrather Family Foundation$10,000 2016General Support
T Rowe Price Program For Charitable Giving$9,951 2013Special project/general operating
Orange County Community Foundation$8,000 2018ENVIRONMENT & ANIMAL WELFARE (FOOD AND WATER WATCH)
Aurora Foundation$7,508 2017Support for Environmental
Brightwater Fund$7,500 2012General use
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$7,500 2012General Support
Marty & Dorothy Silverman Foundation$7,500 2017
Franklin Conklin Foundation$7,000 2009General support
Franklin Conklin Foundation$7,000 2010General Support
Tides Foundation$7,000 2017Further support of the red vida's (inter American vigilance for the defense and right to water) work on water justice in Latin America
Tides Foundation$7,000 2014Further support of Red Vida's water justice work in Latin America
Tides Foundation$7,000 2018SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
Rose Foundation For Communities And The Environment$6,750 2009Sustainable Energy/Lifestyles/Climate Change/Transit
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$6,000 2015
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$6,000 2009General Support
Tides Foundation$6,000 2009General support Africa water network secretariat in Ghana
Jewish Community Federation Of San Francisco The Peninsula Marin And Sonoma$5,780 2013General/program
Waterwheel Foundation$5,679 2016General Support
Vermont Community Foundation$5,500 2018GEN. SUPPORT (FOOD AND WATER WATCH)
Ben & Jerry'S Foundation$5,000 2016Trustee staff & advisor directed grants - Thanksgiving Dinner to Standing Rock
Boston Foundation$5,000 2007Philancon fund
Educational Foundation Of America$5,000 2014Emphasis on anti fracking and GMO work in Florida
Elsie Procter Van Buren Foundation$5,000 2015General Support
Elsie Procter Van Buren Foundation$5,000 2016General support
Environment Now$5,000 2011Ocean water desalination project
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$5,000 2014For grant recipient's exempt purposes
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$5,000 2016For grant recipent's exempt purposes
Franklin Conklin Foundation$5,000 2017Charitable
Franklin Conklin Foundation$5,000 2016General support
Franklin Conklin Foundation$5,000 2012General Support
Franklin Conklin Foundation$5,000 2008General support
Franklin Conklin Foundation$5,000 2011General support
Franklin Philanthropic Foundation$5,000 2015General purposes
Healthy Earthworks Charitable Foundation$5,000 2016Nonprofit organization
Manaaki Foundation$5,000 2014To support the general operations for the food and water watch water program
Manaaki Foundation$5,000 2016General operations for the food and water watch
Posel Foundation$5,000 2013Supports the humanitarian and political work for Afghan women
Prentice Foundation$5,000 2017General & unrestricted
River Foundation$5,000 2016Support of their organization
River Foundation$5,000 2017TO CHAMPION HEALTHY FOOD AND CLEAN WATER FOR ALL
Springbank Foundation$5,000 2018GENERAL OPERATING
Szekely Family Foundation$5,000 2016General Support
Szekely Family Foundation$5,000 2014General Support
Taubert Memorial Foundation$5,000 2016Conservation for clean food & water
Walrath Family Foundation$5,000 2012General support
Weeden Foundation$5,000 2012General Purpose
Weeden Foundation$5,000 2013General purpose grants
Weeden Foundation$5,000 2012General Purpose
Compton Foundation$4,000 2009
R David And Suzanne A Hoover Charitable Trust$4,000 2017ENVIRONMENT
Jewell Foundation$3,000 2017CHARITABLE
Jewell Foundation$3,000 2018CHARITABLE
Mad Rose Foundation$3,000 2016HEALTHY FOOD AND WATER
Marlene K Sapinsley Private Foundation$3,000 2018GENERAL SUPPORT
Meyer And Esther B Mazor Foundation$3,000 2017GENERAL FUND CONTRIBUTION
Marvin Naiman And Margery Goldman Family Foundation$2,500 2018General & Unrestricted
Susan Sarandon Charitable Foundation$2,500 2018CHARITABLE
Taubert Memorial Foundation$2,500 2017CONSERVATION FOR CLEAN FOOD & WATER
Paul G Arpin Charitable Trust$2,300 2018PROGRAM SERVICES
Marlene K Sapinsley Private Foundation$2,000 2016GENERAL SUPPORT
Marlene K Sapinsley Private Foundation$2,000 2017GENERAL SUPPORT
Meyer And Esther B Mazor Foundation$2,000 2014GENERAL FUND CONTRIBUTION
Meyer And Esther B Mazor Foundation$2,000 2016GENERAL FUND CONTRIBUTION
Meyer And Esther B Mazor Foundation$2,000 2015GENERAL FUND CONTRIBUTION
Lawrence Schulman Family Foundation$1,750 2016GENERAL
Lawrence Schulman Family Foundation$1,500 2014GENERAL
Lawrence Schulman Family Foundation$1,500 2015GENERAL
Sophiagrace Foundation$1,500 2018GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
Forrest C And Frances H Lattner Foundation$1,300 2018GENERAL SUPPORT
GBL Charitable Foundation$1,250 2017CHARITABLE
Lester Poretsky Family Foundation$1,100 2018SUPPORT OF SEC. 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION
Lester Poretsky Family Foundation$1,100 2017SUPPORT OF SEC. 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION
Mike And Corky Hale Stoller Foundation$1,100 2015CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION
Andrew J Bernstein Foundation$1,000 2017CHARITY
Bdh Foundation$1,000 2018OPERATIONS
Daniel Lynch Foundation$1,000 2016CHAMPIONS HEALTHY FOOD & CLEAN WATER FOR ALL.
Koha Foundation$1,000 2018To provide support to mobilize people to reclaim their political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food water and climate problems in order to protect people's health communities and democracy
Lester Poretsky Family Foundation$1,000 2016SUPPORT OF SEC. 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION
Maggie & Michael Delia Foundation$1,000 2014PRESERVATION
Marlene K Sapinsley Private Foundation$1,000 2015GENERAL SUPPORT
Marlene K Sapinsley Private Foundation$1,000 2014GENERAL SUPPORT
Mike And Corky Hale Stoller Foundation$1,000 2017CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION
Patriot Foundation$1,000 2017TO FURTHER THE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
Patriot Foundation$1,000 2018TO FURTHER THE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
Mike And Corky Hale Stoller Foundation$9852016CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION
Edith Grobe Foundation$6002015Low Income Assistance
Alexander Host Foundation$5002018FURTHER ENVIRONMENT
Brinker Family Foundation$5002018ENVIRONMENTAL
Brinker Family Foundation$5002019ENVIRONMENTAL
Crowell Family Foundation$5002018GENERAL FUND
Edith Grobe Foundation$5002016Low Income Assistance
Jeld Charitable Foundation$5002017GENERAL CONTRIBUTION
Maggie & Michael Delia Foundation$5002016OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
Resource Foundation$5002017GENERAL PURPOSES
Seidman Family Foundation$5002017General & Unrestricted
Davidson Foundation For Music Dance And Dramatic Arts$4502017ASSISTANCE
Sorenson Family Foundation$4502017CHARITABLE
Davidson Foundation For Music Dance And Dramatic Arts$4002016ASSISTANCE
Kassouf Foundation$4002017Environment
Kassouf Foundation$3002016Environment
Louis P Singer Fund$2502017TO FURTHER ORGANIZATION'S GOAL
Nia Fund$2502016PROGRAMDONATION
Davidson Foundation For Music Dance And Dramatic Arts$2002015ASSISTANCE
Ilene And Michael Shaw Charitable Trust$2002018FULFILL EXEMPT PURPOSE
Kassouf Foundation$2002018Environment
Kassouf Foundation$2002018Environment
Susan Sarandon Charitable Foundation$2002017CHARITABLE
William Harold Davis Foundation$2002015General operations
Alan K And Cledith M Jennings Foundation$1502017GENERAL USE
Davidson Foundation For Music Dance And Dramatic Arts$1502014ASSISTANCE
Charles I. Rosen Family Foundation$1252014GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERVE THE ORGANIZATION'S NEEDS
Charles I. Rosen Family Foundation$1002018GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERVE THE ORGANIZATION'S NEEDS
Charles I. Rosen Family Foundation$1002016GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERVE THE ORGANIZATION'S NEEDS
Dennis And Janis Lyon Foundation$1002017GENERAL
Esther Esh Sternberg Foundation$1002014SUPPORT OF EDUCATIONAL CHARITABLE PURPOSES
Jpmorgan Chase Foundation$1002018GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
Kassouf Foundation$1002014Environment
Marian Foundation$1002016Human Rights
Sorenson Family Foundation$1002016CHARITABLE
Terese Lynn Atkins Foundation$1002014UNRESTRICTED
William Harold Davis Foundation$1002014General operations
Alan Shapiro And Elizabeth Shapiro Charitable Foundation$502015CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION
Charles I. Rosen Family Foundation$502015GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERVE THE ORGANIZATION'S NEEDS
Jeld Charitable Foundation$502018GENERAL CONTRIBUTION
Shell Oil Company Foundation$502017Matching Gifts Education/Other
Rose Houston Charitable Foundation$352018CHARITABLE
Rose Houston Charitable Foundation$352018CHARITABLE
Shirley Baskin Foundation$352017CHARITABLE PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATION
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation$252018PROGRAM/OPERATING SUPPORT
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation$252017PROGRAM/OPERATING SUPPORT
Contempo Communications Foundation For The Arts$252015Charitable
Abbvie Foundation$202018Matching Grant
Barsky Family Foundation$202014CHARITABLE
Barsky Family Foundation$202015CHARITABLE
Joseph K & Inez Eichenbaum Foundation$152017GENERAL PURPOSES CHARITABLE RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH
Total:$116,854,174

In 2019, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) donated $6,176,750 to FWW. [14]

Anti-Natural Gas Campaigns

Food and Water Watch is probably most notable for its role leading the ground efforts in campaigns to prohibit drilling for natural gas. FWW campaigns for a total prohibition on the highly successful technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which is credited with lowering the consumer price of natural gas substantially and increasing American energy production. When the Environmental Defense Fund received support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to work on a regulatory approach to govern gas exploration, FWW attacked EDF for “shilling.”[15]

As part of the campaigns, Food and Water Watch manages ostensibly local-led coalitions pushing for bans on gas drilling, often disguised as “local control.”[16] These groups are then funded by or through Food and Water Watch.

New Yorkers Against Fracking, the supposedly local pressure group that led the effort to get Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) administration to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in the state, is a clear example. The Park Foundation, Tides Foundation, and New World Foundation made contributions to Food and Water Watch specifically for the New Yorkers Against Fracking campaign.[17]

Food and Water Watch has also funded campaigns to ban gas exploration in Colorado. After local initiatives to prohibit gas exploration were overturned by the Colorado Supreme Court, activists collected signatures for a measure to reverse the court’s decision. According to Colorado campaign finance records, Food and Water Watch (and its associated 501(c)(4), Food and Water Watch Action Fund) contributed over $115,000 in money and in-kind support to the effort.[18]

Anti-Genetically Modified Food Campaigns

Food and Water Watch is one of the loudest campaigners against foods and crops enhanced with genetic engineering. FWW officers may stand to gain from restrictions on these foods: Executive director Wenonah Hauter co-owns an organic farm.[19] (Organic foods may not use any ingredients produced using genetically engineered crops.)

The group routinely alleges conspiracies by scientific authorities (which have largely endorsed the safety of these foods and crops) to suppress research critical of genetic engineering.[20] Interestingly, Food and Water Watch, like other environmentalist groups that oppose genetically engineered crops, relies on many of the same scientific authorities to justify regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions.[21]

Food and Water Watch reports substantial expenditure on efforts in the food space. According to FWW’s IRS Forms 990, the organization spent over $4 million per year on food policy efforts in 2013 and 2014 on top of the over $3.5 million spent annually from 2010-2012.[22]

Some of this money makes it into campaigns to mandate labels on genetically engineered foods, a state-level regulation pushed by environmentalists and the organic food and organic products lobbies until federal law overrode them in 2016.

In Oregon, FWW provided at least $89,000 in in-kind and cash support for a 2014 labeling ballot measure[23]

In Colorado, FWW provided $3,309 in support for a 2014 ballot measure that would have mandated labeling[24]

In Washington, FWW contributed $15,000 for a 2013 measure that would have mandated labeling[25]

People

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water Watch. She is the co-owner of an organic farm and previously worked for Public Citizen, Citizen Action, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.[26] Since taking over FWW, Hauter has written two books on the organization’s issue priorities: Frackopoly, an attack book against the natural gas industry, and Foodopoly, against food producers and conventional farmers. FEC records show that Hauter contributed to the 2016 Presidential campaign of socialist United States Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and the 2000 Presidential campaign of Public Citizen founder and Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.[27]

The board chair of Food and Water Watch is controversial Canadian water policy and anti-trade activist Maude Barlow.  Barlow is a former senior adviser on water issues to the United Nations and serves as president of the Council of Canadians, a Canadian anti-trade Naderite group.[28] Barlow’s principal policy interest appears to be prohibiting any and all private control or ownership of water supplies, which she advocates for through the Blue Planet Project, a project of the Council.[29] (Food and Water Watch shares this position, and has campaigned heavily against bottled water.) Barlow was criticized by the Ambassador of the European Union to Canada for stirring up opposition to trade agreements between Canada and Europe; the Ambassador referred to Barlow and the Council of Canadians as “many people who are anti-U.S., anti-globalization.”[30]

Tony Corbo is the senior lobbyist for Food and Water Watch. He is a former public employee union organizer who previously worked for Public Citizen.[31] In total, 11 lobbyists were listed as registered to represent Food and Water Watch in the first quarter of 2016.[32]

 

References

  1. Minority Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.” July 30, 2014. Accessed March 27, 2017. https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/6ce8dd13-e4ab-4b31-9485-6d2b8a6f6b00/chainofenvironmentalcommand.pdf ^
  2. Food and Water Watch, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, 2014 ^
  3. Author’s analysis of tax returns filed by exempt organizations with the Internal Revenue Service. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reported a grant of $6,471,200 in 2012; FWW reported revenues of $11,998,609. Silicon Valley Community Foundation reported a grant of $6,450,000 in 2011; FWW reported revenues of $11,497,597. For 2013, FWW reported revenues of $13,222,186 in 2013. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reported a grant of $2,245,000; Silicon Valley Community Foundation reported a grant of $3,000,300; the Columbus Foundation reported three grants totaling $3,425,000; Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund reported a grant of $15,000; and Chicago Community Trust reported a grant of $1,150,000. For 2014, FWW reported revenues of $14,789,640. The Columbus Foundation reported four grants totaling $3,400,000. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation reported one grant of $1,001,900. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reported one grant of $4,615,000. ^
  4. Data compiled by FoundationSearch.com subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Queries conducted March 27, 2017. ^
  5. Food and Water Watch. “Food and Water Watch: Vote No on Fluoridation.” Fluoride Action Network. March 2013. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://fluoridealert.org/content/fww_portland/ ^
  6. Hauter, Wenonah. “Testimony of Wenonah Hauter, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program.” Public Citizen. October 6, 2004. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.citizen.org/documents/NatGasTestimony10-04.pdf   ^
  7. Public Citizen Foundation, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2006 ^
  8. “Food and Water Watch.” Guidestar. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.guidestar.org/profile/32-0160439  ^
  9. Author’s analysis of tax returns filed by exempt organizations with the Internal Revenue Service. FWW reported revenues of $11,998,609 in 2012. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reported a grant of $6,471,200; Silicon Valley Community Foundation reported a grant of $1,150,000; and National Philanthropic Trust reported two grants totaling 2,375,000. ^
  10. Author’s analysis of tax returns filed by exempt organizations with the Internal Revenue Service. FWW reported revenues of $13,222,186 in 2013. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reported a grant of $2,245,000; Silicon Valley Community Foundation reported a grant of $3,000,300; the Columbus Foundation reported three grants totaling $3,425,000; Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund reported a grant of $15,000; and Chicago Community Trust reported a grant of $1,150,000 ^
  11. Author’s analysis of tax returns filed by exempt organizations with the Internal Revenue Service. FWW reported revenues of $14,789,640. The Columbus Foundation reported four grants totaling $3,400,000. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation reported one grant of $1,001,900. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reported one grant of $4,615,000. ^
  12. Data compiled by FoundationSearch.com subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Queries conducted March 27, 2017. ^
  13. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Search conducted April 7, 2021. www.FoundationSearch.org ^
  14. Return of Foundation Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990-PF). Silicon Valley Community Foundation. 2019. Schedule I. Archived: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2021/06/Silicon-Valley-Community-Foundation-2019-Form-990.pdf. See PDF page 249. ^
  15. “Environmental Defense Fund: Stop Your Sell-Out to the Gas Industry.” Food & Water Watch. August 27, 2012. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/environmental-defense-fund-stop-your-sell-out-gas-industry ^
  16. Hildreth, Randy. “National ‘Ban Fracking’ Groups Hiding Behind ‘Local’ Talking Points.” Energy In Depth. April 25, 2014. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://energyindepth.org/mtn-states/national-ban-fracking-groups-hiding-behind-local-talking-points/ ^
  17. Data compiled by FoundationSearch.com subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Queries conducted March 27, 2017. ^
  18. Author’s analysis of contributions to “Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking” through Colorado Secretary of State’s TRACER filing system for both Food and Water Watch and Food and Water Watch Action Fund ^
  19. “Wenonah Hauter, director of Food and Water Watch, answers questions.” Grist. January 31, 2006. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://grist.org/article/hauter/full/ ^
  20. Weise, Elizabeth . “Academies of Science finds GMOs not harmful to human health.” USA Today. May 17, 2016. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/05/17/gmos-safe-academies-of-science-report-genetically-modified-food/84458872/ ^
  21. Center for Consumer Freedom. “Cherry-Picking Scientific Consensus to Serve AgendaDriven Activism Against Genetically Modified Organisms.” January 6, 2014. Accessed March 27, 2017. https://www.consumerfreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GMO-Research-Brief.pdf ^
  22. Author’s analysis of Food and Water Watch’s Returns of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990) for 2010-2014 ^
  23. Author’s calculations based on reports filed with the Oregon Secretary of State showing contributions to “Vote Yes on Measure 92: We have the right to know what’s in our food.” Queries conducted March 27, 2017. ^
  24. Author’s calculations based on reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s TRACER database showing contributions to “Right to Know Colorado GMO.” Queries conducted March 27, 2017. ^
  25. Yes on I-522 Committee, Cash Receipts Monetary Contributions Form C-3, Washington Public Disclosure Commission, October 29, 2013, Accessed March 27, 2017 https://web.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100551110 ^
  26. “Food and Water Watch: Nader spinoff NGO targets GMO salmon, pesticides.” Genetic Literacy Project. February 7, 2016. Accessed March 27, 2017. https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/glp-facts/food-water-watch-nader-spinoff-ngo-targets-gmo-salmon-pesticides/#ref_3 ^
  27. “Donor Lookup.” OpenSecrets. Accessed March 27, 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=wenonah%2Bhauter ^
  28. “Maude Barlow named 1st UN water adviser.” CBCnews. October 21, 2008. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/maude-barlow-named-1st-un-water-adviser-1.766537 ^
  29. Alter, Alexandra. “How to Quench the World’s Thirst.” The Wall Street Journal. November 08, 2008. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB122610638674310287  ^
  30. Blanchfield, Mike. “Canada-EU trade deal could be in full force in 1 year: envoy.” CTVNews. January 22, 2016. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-eu-trade-deal-could-be-in-full-force-in-1-year-envoy-1.2747502  ^
  31. Whistleblower Insider. “Fighting for the Safety of our Food – Interview with Food & Water Watch’s Tony Corbo.” Constantine Cannon. January 9, 2014. Accessed March 27, 2017. http://constantinecannon.com/whistleblower/fighting-safety-food-interview-food-water-watchs-tony-corbo/  ^
  32. Food and Water Watch, Lobbying Report, First Quarter 2016. Accesed March 27, 2017. http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=getFilingDetails&filingID=500b0354-c5df-4d06-bfc4-cec344f185f0&filingTypeID=51 ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Jonathan Rosen
    Consultant

Supported Movements

  1. Green New Deal (GND)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 2006

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2018 Dec Form 990 $17,168,724 $17,256,085 $11,107,328 $3,660,535 N $17,035,146 $0 $96,869 $446,529 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $16,798,710 $17,330,578 $9,413,057 $1,789,908 N $16,684,205 $18,000 $91,676 $493,567 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $17,176,344 $17,083,676 $9,625,731 $1,524,437 N $17,046,453 $17,416 $72,994 $479,638 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $17,733,676 $15,752,344 $9,409,199 $1,323,052 N $17,665,510 $1,298 $65,642 $383,658 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $14,789,640 $14,456,012 $7,251,397 $1,142,502 N $14,639,581 $748 $112,827 $191,825 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $13,222,186 $13,467,260 $6,814,963 $1,089,459 N $13,102,109 $3,700 $115,535 $185,919 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $11,998,609 $11,501,540 $7,150,218 $1,026,150 N $11,830,628 $63,618 $89,889 $185,900 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $11,497,597 $9,429,693 $6,231,024 $609,962 N $11,447,977 $29,028 $9,021 $161,978 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Food and Water Watch (FWW)

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