Non-profit

Marisla Foundation

Website:

online.foundationsource.com/public/home/marisla

Location:

LAGUNA BEACH, CA

Tax ID:

33-0200133

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)-PF

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $50,261,416
Expenses: $54,262,785
Assets: $54,382,265

Formation:

1986

Location:

Laguna Beach, California

Founder and President:

Anne Earhart

Getty Oil heiress Anne Earhart created the Marisla Foundation (formerly known as the Homeland Foundation) in 1986.[1] The foundation, based in Laguna Beach, California, aims to support human and health service organizations, but dedicates the largest majority of its grants towards environmentalist issues, namely influencing ocean conservancy and clean energy regulation that will increase government oversight.

In addition, the Marisla Foundation contributes to progressive and Democratic-aligned activist groups like the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America while Earhart personally funnels millions of dollars to support Democratic political candidates who will support environmental regulations.[2]

In 2015, the foundation’s assets totaled over $54 million.[3]

Founding

Anne Earhart, daughter of George Getty and granddaughter of oilman Jean Paul Getty, is a philanthropist and Democratic political donor based in Laguna Beach, California. She inherited $400 million when Texaco bought Getty Oil in 1986 and, in the same year, established the Marisla Foundation.[4] Earhart continues to serve as President and the main source of funding for the foundation, funneling over $49 million in asset contributions in 2015.[5]

Overview

The Marisla Foundation’s website lists three key program areas – human services, environment, and special interests.[6]

The foundation invests heavily in environmental issues, especially relating to marine conservation, energy and climate, and toxic chemicals. Grantees include Nature Conservancy, Ocean Legacy Fund, and the Resources Legacy Fund. The foundation also supports international environment issues in Northern Mexico, South America, and in the Pacific Ocean.[7]

The foundation has given funds to the liberal think tank Center for American Progress which recently came under scrutiny for its lack of donor transparency from left-wing activists, corporations, and foundations, including the Marisla Foundation.[8] In addition, through personal giving, Earhart supports liberal political organizations like Organizing for Action and super PAC Priorities USA Action, which were created to campaign in support of the agenda of former President Barack Obama.[9]

Board and Key Staff

Anne Earhart serves as President of the Marisla Foundation.[10] Other staff and board officers include:[11]

Oliver N. Crary is the treasurer.

Glenda S. Menges is the group’s secretary.

Herbert M. Bedolfe III is the Marisla Foundation executive director.

Sara Lowell is the organization’s director.

References

  1. “California Rainmakers #42: Anne G. Earhart.” California Watch. Accessed April 8, 2017. http://rainmaker.apps.cironline.org/donors/anne-g-earhart/.
  2. “The Oil Company Heiress Devoting Her Wealth To Oceans.” Inside Philanthropy. Accessed April 8, 2017. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/5/23/the-oil-company-heiress-devoting-her-wealth-to-oceans.html.
  3. “The Marisla Foundation – 990 Form.” GuideStar. Accessed April 8, 2017. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/330/200/2015-330200133-0d231a90-F.pdf.
  4. “California Rainmakers #42: Anne G. Earhart.” California Watch. Accessed April 8, 2017. http://rainmaker.apps.cironline.org/donors/anne-g-earhart/.

  5. “The Marisla Foundation – 990 Form.” GuideStar. Accessed April 8, 2017. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/330/200/2015-330200133-0d231a90-F.pdf.
  6. The Marisla Foundation. Accessed April 8, 2017. https://online.foundationsource.com/public/home/marisla.
  7. “The Oil Company Heiress Devoting Her Wealth To Oceans.” Inside Philanthropy. Accessed April 8, 2017. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/5/23/the-oil-company-heiress-devoting-her-wealth-to-oceans.html.
  8. Cohen, Rick. “Has CAP Been Compromised by Corporate Concerns?” Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly. June 14, 2013. Accessed May 26, 2017. https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2013/05/24/has-cap-been-compromised-by-corporate-concerns/.
  9. “The Oil Company Heiress Devoting Her Wealth To Oceans.” Inside Philanthropy. Accessed April 8, 2017. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/5/23/the-oil-company-heiress-devoting-her-wealth-to-oceans.html.
  10. “The Marisla Foundation – 990 Form.” GuideStar. Accessed April 8, 2017. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/330/200/2015-330200133-0d231a90-F.pdf.
  11. “The Marisla Foundation – 990 Form.” GuideStar. Accessed April 8, 2017. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/330/200/2015-330200133-0d231a90-F.pdf.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Anne Earhart
    President and Principal Donor

Donation Recipients

  1. 350.org (Non-profit)
  2. As You Sow (Non-profit)
  3. BlueGreen Alliance (Non-profit)
  4. BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. Center for American Progress (CAP) (Non-profit)
  6. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) (Non-profit)
  7. Center for Public Interest Research (Non-profit)
  8. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) (Non-profit)
  9. Environment America Research and Policy Center (Non-profit)
  10. Environmental Working Group (EWG) (Non-profit)
  11. Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) (Non-profit)
  12. Foundation for National Progress (Non-profit)
  13. League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) (Non-profit)
  14. Leadership Conference Education Fund (Non-profit)
  15. Media Matters for America (Non-profit)
  16. National Audubon Society (Non-profit)
  17. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Non-profit)
  18. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (Non-profit)
  19. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  20. Oceana, Inc. (Non-profit)
  21. Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) (Non-profit)
  22. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (Non-profit)
  23. ProPublica (Non-profit)
  24. Resources Legacy Fund (Non-profit)
  25. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (Non-profit)
  26. Sierra Club Foundation (Non-profit)
  27. Surfrider Foundation (Non-profit)
  28. Sustainable Markets Foundation (Non-profit)
  29. Tides Center (Non-profit)
  30. Trust for Public Land (Non-profit)
  31. Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) (Non-profit)
  32. Virginia Organizing (Non-profit)
  33. Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Non-profit)
  34. Waterkeeper Alliance (Non-profit)
  35. World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 1986

  • 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
    2015 Dec Form PF $50,261,416 $54,262,785 $54,382,265 $27,866,143 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $51,396,549 $47,822,791 $55,511,176 $25,342,281 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $41,002,238 $44,878,873 $49,580,734 $25,158,577 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $41,514,833 $49,879,632 $51,482,397 $27,272,938 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $46,212,885 $60,393,340 $55,041,165 $25,765,586 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Marisla Foundation

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