Non-profit

Windward Fund

Website:

www.windwardfund.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

47-3522162

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $15,812,062
Expenses: $7,452,824
Assets: $11,943,689

Formation:

February 2015 [46]

Type:

Left-Wing Donor Collaboration Nonprofit

Managed By:

Arabella Advisors

President:

Lee Bodner

Eric Kessler (2015-2016)

The Windward Fund is an environmentalist fiscal sponsor organization in the network of “dark money” organizations controlled by philanthropic consultancy Arabella Advisors. The Fund was created in February 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with startup funding of $5.25 million provided by an unknown source. According to its bylaws, Windward will promote “conservation and environmental protection issues” through grants and fiscal sponsorship. The Windward Fund is smaller than the other Arabella-controlled Funds, and revenues fell from $15.8 million in 2016 to $12.7 million in 2017. [1]

The Windward Fund often operates alongside its “sister” nonprofits, primarily the 501(c)(4) Sixteen Thirty Fund and 501(c)(3) New Venture Fund, which both provides similar funding and fiscal sponsorship services to center-left advocacy organizations. All three funds are administered by Arabella Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based philanthropy consulting firm that caters to left-leaning clients. The Hopewell Fund, another 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is also managed by Arabella Advisors and performs similar functions, particularly concerning fiscal sponsorship of other left-of-center groups. [2]

Windward Fund describes itself as a fiscal sponsor of “various ‘projects,'” which focus on a range of environmental issues. Windward provides legal compliance, finance, and HR services to its projects, and additionally seeks to help its projects create greater impact through facilitating connections, providing access to information, and capacity building.” [3]

“Fake Groups” and Environmentalism

The Hopewell Fund, like all four nonprofits managed by the for-profit consultancy Arabella Advisors, primarily exists to sponsor a number of “fake” groups: websites designed to look like standalone nonprofits. These “fake” groups rarely become fully-fledged nonprofits; instead, they typically exist to effect an issue advocacy campaign pushing left-wing policies and may disappear after the campaign is finished. The Hopewell Fund is one of the newer of Arabella’s four nonprofits, founded in 2015, and most of the “fake” groups it sponsors are focused on expanding abortion access and criticizing President Donald Trump’s healthcare policies. [4]

Windward describes its mission as “seek[ing] to build a more impactful environmental movement by connecting people across diverse geographies, sectors, and communities, enabling them to share expertise and resources, and providing a vehicle for effective, community-based, grassroots grant[making].” [5]

While the Windward Fund sponsors at least 9 projects, most are not known. The following are examples of groups identified as Windward Fund projects, more of which are listed at the bottom of this profile (under “Child Organizations”).

Water Funder Initiative

The Water Funder Initiative is a Windward Fund project promoting “water sustainability” in conjunction with the center-left Energy, Hewlett, Packard, Walton, S.D. Bechtel, Mitchell, and Rockefeller Foundations. Among other things, the Initiative seeks to create a “water fee” in key states such as Texas, California, and Colorado to pay for “affordable basic [water] supplies for disadvantaged communities”; “reform municipal and green bond rules” to encourage more public financing of environmentalist projects; and support politicians who want to alter water rate structures in order to “incentivize conservation.” [6][7]

Institute for the New Food Economy

The Institute for the New Food Economy is an investigative journalism project of Windward Fund that reports on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), cell-cultured meat, pesticides, and the food industry in general.

Known Windward Fund Projects

Leadership

Board of Directors

The Windward Fund’s board of directors in 2018 consisted of the following individuals: [8]

Lee Bodner is the board chair of Windward Fund and president of the New Venture Fund, as well as board chair of the Hopewell Fund. Bodner is the former managing director of Arabella Advisors, where he played a leadership role in incubation projects housed within NVF and its lobbying affiliate, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, particularly concerning environmentalist groups. [9]

Eric Kessler is the former board chair for Windward Fund before he was replaced by Lee Bodner in 2016; Kessler is not listed on Windward’s board of directors in its 2018 IRS Form 990 filing. Kessler is the founder and senior managing director at Arabella Advisors. [10]

Bruce Boyd is a member of the board of directors for Windward Fund. He also works as the senior managing director for Arabella Advisors. [11]

Andrew Schulz serves as general counsel for the Windward Fund. He is also general counsel for Arabella Advisors and its other three nonprofits. [12]

Wilbur Priester is a member of the board of directors for Windward Fund. He also works as the CFO of Arabella Advisors. [13]

Adam Eichberg was a member of the founding board of directors for Windward Fund. He previously worked as a deputy legislative director to Democratic Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. He also works as an environmentalist consultant running the Denver based Headwater Strategies, a legislative advocacy organization hat focuses mainly on environmental issues. [14]

Harry Drucker is a member of Windward’s founding board of directors and a board member for the New Venture Fund. Drucker is an environmental activist and realtor. He also served on the board of the National Environmental Policy and Law Center and the Illinois chapter of the Nature Conservancy. [15]

Charles “Chuck” Savitt is the treasurer of the board of directors for Windward Fund. He is the founder of environmentalist publishing company Island Press, which has published books by population control advocate Paul Ehrlich. [16]

Kristen Grimm is a member of the board of directors for Windward Fund. She is also a fellow at the Aspen Institute and founder of Spitfire Strategies, a consultancy firm which caters to left-leaning clients. [17]

Aileen Lee is a member of the board of directors for Windward Fund. Lee is a venture capitalist operating mainly out of California. [18]

Bill Gallegos is a Windward board member, beginning in 2018. Gallegos is executive director of Communities for a Better Environment, an “environmental justice” organization. [19]

Jumana Vasi is a Windward board member, beginning in 2018. Vasi is a principal at the consulting firm Jvasi Consulting, and provides services to center-left environmental nonprofits. She is a board member for the Environmental Grantmakers Association. [20]

Key Staff

According to the Windward Fund’s 2018 IRS Form 990 filing (archived here), its “sister” nonprofit the New Venture Fund (NVF) served as paymaster to the nonprofit through February 2017: “NVF paid the salary and immediately invoiced Windward, which pays the full amount back. After this time, Windward administered its own payroll.” [21] In 2018, Windward paid $1,273,269 in employee salaries and compensation. [22] In 2017, Windward paid $2,949,170 in employee salaries and compensation. [23]

John Nordgren is a project director for Windward Fund. Nordgren is the managing director of the Climate Resilience Fund, an environmental advocacy project of Windward Fund based in Washington state. [24] In 2018, Norden received total compensation of $223,305. [25]

Mary McBryde is a Windward project director. In 2018, she received total compensation of $132,375. [26]

Dorcas Robinson is a Windward project director. Robinson is the director of the Windward Fund’s Resilience Measurement, Evidence & Learning Community of Practice. [27] In 2018, she received total compensation of $188,917. [28]

Jason Kessler is a project director for the Windward Fund and director of partnerships for Earthrise Alliance, a Windward Fund project. [29] In 2018, he received total compensation of $119,989. [30]

Funding

Financial Overview

The Windward Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. An overview of the group’s finances from 2015 to 2018 is provided below: [31]

 Windward Fund: Financial Overview (2015-2018)
Total:$49,003,904$34,201,236$8,771,693
Total RevenuesTotal ExpendituresGrants PaidNet Assets
2018$19,238,519$13,579,180$3,955,493$16,889,496
2017$12,656,323$11,024,111$2,476,502$11,230,157
2016$15,812,062$8,359,238$2,339,698$9,597,945
2015$1,297,000$1,238,707-$1,238,707

Lobbying

Between 2015 and 2018, Windward reported spending $2,064,465 in lobbying expenses: [32]

  • 2018: $828,959
  • 2017: $701,206
  • 2016: $522,641
  • 2015: $11,659

Funds Spent on “Fake” Group Activism

According to its 2018 IRS Form 990 filing (archived here), the Windward Fund identified two program areas in which it spent money:

Windward spent $9,962,514 on “environmental (climate, conservation, and energy) programs,” of which $3,755,493 was paid out as grants to other nonprofits. [33]

Windward Fund’s environmental programs focus on a range of conservation[,] climate, and energy issues in the U.S. and abroad. These issues include water solutions in the American West, climate resilience, alternative energy sources, reduction of deforestation, and conservation planning.

Our work primarily includes convening, grantmaking, communications, cooordination [sic] among stakeholders, civic and media engagement, and public awareness campaigns.

Windward spent $2,461,232 on “agriculture, food, nutrition,” of which $200,000 was paid out as grants to other nonprofits. [34]

Windward Fund’s agriculture, food, and nutrition programs focus on a range of issues aimed at transforming food systems to greater accessibility and sustainability, working on topics such as regenerative stewardship of agricultural lands and an enabling infrastructure and policy environment for a healthy food system. Activities conducted include coordination among stakeholders, grantmaking, communications, and public awareness campaigns.

The Windward Fund also reported spending $12,423,746 on other unidentified program services. [35]

Donors to Windward Fund

Windward Fund has received a number of major grants from left-of-center advocacy philanthropies. While the group is not required to publicly disclose its donors under IRS rules, the biggest grants Windward received in 2018 were $2,650,000; two grants of $2,500,000; $2 million; $1,593,000; and $1,260,000. [36]

The Rockefeller Foundation has made multiple grants to Windward Fund totaling $2.1 million between 2016 and 2017. [37] The Agua Fund, a left-leaning philanthropic foundation, made a $45,000 grant to Windward Fund in 2017. [38] Walton Family Foundation, philanthropic organization associated with Walmart founder Sam Walton’s family, made grants totaling more than $2.5 million between 2016 and 2018. [39] Wallace Global Fund II, a left-leaning philanthropic organization, made a $100,000 donation to the Windward Fund in 2018. Gates Family Foundation has made grants totaling $325,000 since 2016. [40] Other major donors include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. [41]

By far the largest and most consistent donor to the Windward Fund is the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, which gave $17,770,526 to Windward between 2016 and 2017, including a 2017 grant of $3 million and a 2016 grant of $2,944,000. [42]

Windward Fund: GrantorsAmountYearGrant Description
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$3,000,000 2017Funds To Support A Consumptive Use Estimation Program, A Three-Year Project To Advance Open And Accessible Data About Agricultural Water Use As Part Of The Foundation'S Water Data Initiative.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$2,944,000 2016Funds To Develop A New Statewide Conservation Approach Called Regional Conservation Frameworks And To Test This Approach In A Number Of Locations
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$1,923,947 2016Funds To Advance The Adoption And Implementation Of New State Policies That Better Protect Natural Systems Through Improved Habitat Mitigation, Including Regional Conservation Investment Strategies And Regional Advance Mitigation Programs
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$1,300,000 2017Funds To Support Openet, A Collaborative Effort Between Agricultural Leaders And The Research Community To Improve Information About Agricultural Water Use.
Gordon E And Betty I Moore Foundation$1,250,000 2017In Support Of The Development Of A Data Platform That Will Make Low-Cost, Automated, And Widely Accessible Evapotranspiration Data Available At User-Defined Scales And Timeframes Through A Web-Based User Interface
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$1,250,000 2016Funds For The Second Phase Of The Water Funder Initiative, A Collaborative Effort To Identify And Activate Promising Water Solutions Through Strategic Philanthropic Investments In The United States
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$1,117,000 2017Funds To Create The Policies And Mechanisms To Support Implementation Of Dynamic Conservation In New Ways.
Walton Family Foundation Inc$1,090,050 2016River Conservation
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$1,001,579 2017Funds To Create The Policies And Mechanisms To Support Implementation Of Dynamic Conservation In New Ways.
John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation$1,000,000 2017In Support Of The Climate Resilience Fund.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$1,000,000 2017Funds To Support A Sustained Water Table As A Forum For Water Funders To Work Together To Further Strategies, Collaboration And Fundraising For The Water Field, Continuing Efforts Launched Through The Water Funder Initiative.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$800,000 2016Funds To Support Data Demonstration Projects As Part Of The Data Funding Action Plan'S Goal To Work With Water Users To Solve Specific Water Management Challenges And Demonstrate The Value Proposition Of Data To The Water Community
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$750,000 2017Funds For The Second Phase Of The Water Funder Initiative, A Collaborative Effort To Identify And Activate Promising Water Solutions Through Strategic Philanthropic Investments In The United States, Starting In The West Where Scarcity And Reliability Of
The Schmidt Family Foundation$630,000 2016Support Regenerative Agriculture Foundation Project
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$559,000 2017Funds To Develop A New Statewide Conservation Approach Called Regional Conservation Frameworks And To Test This Approach In A Number Of Locations.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$500,000 2017Funds To Support A Forum For Water Funders To Work Together To Further Strategies, Collaboration And Fundraising For The Water Field, Continuing Efforts Launched Through The Water Funder Initiative.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$500,000 2016Funds For The Liquid Assets Project, Which Seeks To Pilot Four Impact Investment Approaches, With A Goal Of Deploying Roughly $350 Million In Investment Funds To Advance Sustainable Water Solutions Across The American West
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$500,000 2016Funds To Support Data Demonstration Projects As Part Of The Data Funding Action Plan'S Goal To Work With Water Users To Solve Specific Water Management Challenges And Demonstrate The Value Proposition Of Data To The Water Community
Silicon Valley Community Foundation$500,000 2017Environment
The Rockefeller Foundation$500,000 2016For Use By Its Water Funder Initiative Toward The Costs Of Developing And Coordinating The Implementation Of Funding Action Plans To Address Water Challenges Impacting Communities And Freshwater Ecosystems In The U S West
The Rockefeller Foundation$500,000 2016Toward The Costs Of Implementing The Resilience Measurement, Evidence And Learning Community Of Practice, A Project Which Brings Together Leading Resilience Measurement Experts And Practitioners To Jointly Advance The Concept And Practice Of Resilience M
The Rockefeller Foundation$500,000 2015In Support Of Its Project, Resilience Measurement Community Of Practice, To Bring Together Leading Resilience Measurement Experts And M &E Practitioners To Advance The Practice Of Resilience Measurement And Build The Evidence Base For Investments In Resi
The Rockefeller Foundation$300,000 2016In Support Of Its Project, Resilience Measurement Community Of Practice, To Bring Together Leading Resilience Measurement Experts And M & E Practitioners To Advance The Practice Of Resilience Measurement And Build The Evidence Base For Investments In Res
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation$300,000 2016For The Water Funder Initiative
John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation$250,000 2015In Support Of Developing And Launching A National Climate Resilience Fund.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$250,000 2017Supplemental Funds For The Liquid Assets Project As It Seeks To Close Its First Agricultural And Municipal Deals.
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$250,000 2017Funds To Scope A Water Innovation Fund That Leverages Capital From Clean Water State Revolving Funds And Seeks To Influence Broader Srf Capital Flows.
The David And Lucile Packard Foundation$242,500 2016Conservation And Science
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation$225,000 201775000 Uniting Health, Sustainability, Hunger, And
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation$200,000 2017For The Water Funders Initiative
W K Kellogg Foundation$200,000 2017Support Collaboration Among Food System, Sustainable Agriculture, Health, Nutrition And Anti-Hunger Groups To Align Efforts And Promote Food And Agriculture Strategies That Promote Equitable Food Systems And Access To Healthy Foods
John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation$150,000 2016For Developing And Launching A National Climate Resilience Fund
Pisces Foundation$150,000 2017To Protect Water Resources
The Rockefeller Foundation$150,000 2016For Use By Its Water Funder Initiative Toward The Costs Of Developing And Coordinating The Implementation Of Six Action Plans To Address Water Challenges Impacting Communities And Freshwater Ecosystems In The U S West
The Rockefeller Foundation$150,000 2017For Use By Its Water Funder Initiative Toward The Costs Of Developing And Coordinating The Implementation Of Six Action Plans To Address Water Challenges Impacting Communities And Freshwater Ecosystems In The U S West
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation$100,000 2016Environment - To Support The Climate Resilience Fund
Gates Family Foundation$100,000 2016Natural Resources - Project Support
Gates Family Foundation$100,000 2017Natural Resources - Project Support
The Keith Campbell Foundation For The Environment$100,000 2017Advancement Of H2O Sustainability Via Financing
Wallace Global Fund II$100,000 2016Project Support For Work To Improve Energy Access For The World'S Poor
Wallace Global Fund II$97,000 2015Project Support For Work To Improve Energy Access For The World'S Poor
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund$75,000 2017For Grant Recipient'S Exempt Purposes
Agua Fund$50,000 2016National And International Environment- For The Liquid Assets Project
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$50,000 2016Funds For An Effort To Identify And Profile Candidates Most Likely To Be Appointed To Key Conservation Cabinet And Subcabinet Positions By A Next Presidential Administration
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$50,000 2017Support In Conjunction With October Funder Events, Including Recognition Of Support From Moderator.
Schwab Charitable Fund$50,000 2016Environmental/Animals
Town Creek Foundation Inc$40,000 2016Food System Reform Program - Chesapeake Bay Regional Food Funding Landscape
The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation$30,000 2017Liquid Assets Project: Promoting Water Sustainability Through Deployment Of Lmpact- Focused Private Capital
Claneil Foundation Inc$25,000 2017Farm To Fork Initiative
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation$25,000 2016Funds For The Second Phase Of An Effort To Profile And Vet Candidates Most Likely To Be Appointed To Key Conservation Cabinet And Sub-Cabinet Positions By The Next Presidential Administration
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation$25,000 201775000 Uniting Health, Sustainability, Hunger, And
Hanley Foundation$20,000 2016Support For Environmental Projects
Seattle Foundation$20,000 2017Food Systems Leadership Fellowship
Sandor Family Foundation$15,000 2017General Operating Support
Ann H Symington Foundation$10,000 2017General
H & S Foundation$10,000 2016Support For Education
Sandor Family Foundation$10,000 2015General Operating
Sandor Family Foundation$10,000 2016General Operating Support
Town Creek Foundation Inc$7,500 2016Sustainability Program - Washington Regional Food Funders
The Marcus Foundation$5,000 2018General
Grand Total:$27,057,576

Grants from Windward Fund

In 2018, the Windward Fund reported paying nearly $4 million in grants to other nonprofits. [43] In 2017, it paid out just under $2.5 million in grants. [44]

Windward Fund Grantees (2018)Amount
Total:$3,804,216
California Institute of Technology$750,000
Environmental Defense Fund$492,746
Board of Regents Nevada System of Higher Education$460,495
Lower Sugar River Watershed$276,266
The Nature Conservancy$270,000
University Corporation at Monterey Bay$187,459
Leland Stanford Junior University$160,500
University of Maryland$158,750
The Earth Genome$125,000
Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation$120,000
ASU Foundation for a New American University$100,000
Iowa Citizens for Community$75,000
MOVE$75,000
Land Stewardship Project$75,000
Environmental Incentives LLC$60,000
Sea to Snow LLC$45,000
American Society of Adaptation Professionals$25,000
Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy$25,000
Climate Access$25,000
EcoAdapt$25,000
Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat$25,000
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization$25,000
Missouri Rural Crisis Cente$25,000
Model Forest Policy Program$25,000
Natural Capitalism Solutions$25,000
Progress Michigan Education$25,000
The Commonwealth Club of California$23,500
Council for a Strong America$20,000
Future Harvest$20,000
Union of Concerned Scientists$20,000
Sacramento River Settlement Contractors$19,500
National Immigration Law Center$10,000
New Venture Fund$10,000

Consulting and Management Fees

Since 2015, Windward has paid nearly $3 million to Arabella Advisors for management services. [45]

Windward Fund: Consulting FeesTotal (2015-2018)
Total$9,271,879
Arabella Advisors$2,758,388
Institute for the New Food Economy$1,784,767
Susan Bell and Associates$1,585,245
Redstone Strategy Group$1,020,708
Conservation Strategy Group$841,043
ICF Jones and Stokes$502,631
Culp and Kelly LLP$428,127
Maliha Khan$231,258
Frances J. Seymour$119,712

Financial Documents

The Windward Fund’s Form 990 IRS filings obtained by the Capital Research Center are available here:

The Windward Fund filed its Application for Recognition of Exemption from income tax with the IRS (Form 1023) in 2015. The document is available here.

The Windward Fund’s IRS Form 1023 application for recognition of tax exempt status is available here; the file also includes:

  • a description of Windward’s charitable activities, including “fiscal sponsorship”;
  • Windward’s founding board of directors (Eric Kessler, Adam Eichberg, and Harry Drucker), as well as their “qualifications”;
  • Windward’s articles of incorporation, filed with the District of Columbia on February 2, 2015;
  • the nonprofit’s bylaws; and
  • an administrative agreement between the Windward Fund and Arabella Advisors authorizing the latter to provide paid management services to the nonprofit.

Windward received IRS recognition of its tax exempt status on June 8, 2015; the IRS letter is available here.

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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Adam Eichberg
    Founding Board Member
  2. Harry Drucker
    Board Member
  3. Kristen Grimm
    Board Member
  4. Wilbur Priester
    Chief Financial Officer and Board Member
  5. Andrew Schulz
    General Counsel and Board Member
  6. Bruce Boyd
    Board Member
  7. Lee Bodner
    Board Chair and President
  8. Eric Kessler
    Former President (2015-2016)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2015

  • 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
    2016 Dec Form 990 $15,812,062 $7,452,824 $11,943,689 $2,345,744 N $15,819,553 $0 $0 $0
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,297,000 $58,293 $1,297,000 $58,293 N $1,297,000 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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