Non-profit

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

Website:

pennsylvaniawatersheds.org

Location:

JOHNSTOWN, PA

Tax ID:

20-8746105

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $1,386,405
Expenses: $1,369,471
Assets: $2,378,666

Type:

Environmental Pass-Through Funder

Latest Tax Filing:

2019 Form 990

Formation:

1994

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW), formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is an environmentalist grantmaking organization that supports pollution cleanup nonprofits in the state of Pennsylvania. FPW is managed in part by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, a grantmaking nonprofit in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny region. [1]

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds is a noted opponent of natural gas hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” FPW helped found the FracTracker Alliance, an anti-natural-gas nonprofit that operates the FracTracker.org website. [2]

Founding and History

FPW was created in 1994 as a donor-advised program under the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. It was supported primarily by the Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, both of which are major Pennsylvania-based environmentalist grantmaking foundations. [3]

According to FPW’s grant tracker, the Foundation has given out over $13 million in total grants to local and state environmentalist causes as of May 2021. [4]

Finances

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds reported total revenues of $1,386,405 and total expenses of $1,369,471 in 2019. [5]

The Heinz Endowments and the Richard King Mellon Foundation are still the FPW’s largest supporters. Since 2009, the Heinz Endowments have given the FPW nearly $3.2 million in grants, while the Richard King Mellon Foundation has given nearly $4.4 million. [6]

Other large contributors include the left-of-center, environmentalist William Penn Foundation and the Colcom Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based grantmaking organization that supports immigration restriction, abortion, and environmentalist projects. [7]

Leadership

The president of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds is Michael Kane. Kane is also the president and executive director of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. [8] John Dawes has been the FPW executive director since the organization’s founding in 1994. [9]

Both Dawes and Kane make up the top leadership of the FracTracker Alliance, an anti-natural gas hydraulic fracturing nonprofit that was created in part by the FPW. [10]

References

  1. “Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds Grant Program: Project Grants.” Instrumentl, January 9, 2021. https://www.instrumentl.com/grants/foundation-for-pennsylvania-watersheds-grant-program. ^
  2. “About Us: FracTracker.” FracTracker Alliance, May 5, 2020. https://www.fractracker.org/about-us/. ^
  3. “Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.” Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, September 14, 2015. https://cfalleghenies.org/foundation-for-pennsylvania-watersheds/. ^
  4. Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds Grants. Accessed May 5, 2021. https://www.fpwgrants.org/. ^
  5. “FPW 990 .” GuideStar. Accessed May 4, 2021. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-8746105. ^
  6. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Search conducted April 7, 2021. www.FoundationSearch.org ^
  7. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Search conducted April 7, 2021. www.FoundationSearch.org ^
  8. “About Us: FracTracker.” FracTracker Alliance, May 5, 2020. https://www.fractracker.org/about-us/. “FPW 990 .” GuideStar. Accessed May 4, 2021. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-8746105. ^
  9. “About Us: FracTracker.” FracTracker Alliance, May 5, 2020. https://www.fractracker.org/about-us/. ^
  10. “About Us: FracTracker.” FracTracker Alliance, May 5, 2020. https://www.fractracker.org/about-us/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2007

  • 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
    2019 Jun Form 990 $1,386,405 $1,369,471 $2,378,666 $2,309,933 N $1,361,389 $0 $19,720 $0 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $1,477,112 $1,299,568 $2,147,491 $2,096,150 N $1,467,133 $0 $9,483 $0 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $1,305,718 $1,453,458 $2,379,924 $2,507,757 N $1,298,558 $0 $6,233 $143,806 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $1,367,672 $1,412,988 $2,454,407 $2,436,583 N $1,359,364 $3,250 $5,440 $137,461
    2015 Jun Form 990 $1,635,416 $1,598,167 $2,479,586 $2,415,542 N $1,627,208 $0 $6,555 $137,268 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $2,528,341 $2,565,189 $3,260,442 $3,232,110 N $2,522,783 $0 $2,624 $132,269 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $2,476,495 $2,845,689 $3,394,335 $3,331,231 N $2,471,702 $0 $1,080 $132,269 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $2,934,655 $2,702,810 $2,675,284 $2,244,775 N $2,925,851 $0 $2,039 $129,769 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $1,960,786 $1,881,358 $633,963 $433,082 N $1,957,096 $0 $2,350 $131,356 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

    216 FRANKLIN ST STE 400
    JOHNSTOWN, PA 15901-1911