Follow the Money: Coastal Grant Makers Bankroll Anti-Ethanol Food and Water Watch

Follow the Money: Coastal Grant Makers Bankroll Anti-Ethanol Food and Water Watch

Food and Water Watch is a radical anti-ethanol organization with offices in California, New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Belgium.

The far-left group warns that “Carbon capture stands to entrench the corn ethanol industry.”

Its top funders over the last decade include a who’s who of coastal grantmakers, including the Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the McCune Foundation.

For example, the Annenberg Foundation has funded anti-ethanol groups such as the Sierra Club, and the Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation has funded Earthjustice, an extreme environmental group that argues ethanol production “is more reckless than renewable.”

The Firedoll Foundation underwrote an anti-ethanol study that blasted the “energy and economic inefficiency of corn ethanol.”

Given its longstanding opposition to ethanol and its top funding sources, why would anyone ever think Food and Water Watch cares about Midwestern farmers?

Amount

Grantmaker

Grantmaker Location

$300,000

Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation

New York, New York

$250,000

Annenberg Foundation

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

$107,000

The McCune Foundation

Ventura, California

$65,000

The Bellwether Foundation II

Wilmington, Delaware

$60,000

Firedoll Foundation

Walnut Creek, California

$40,000

Santa Barbara Foundation

Santa Barbara, California

$28,000

The New World Foundation

New York, New York

Total

$850,000

(Foundation Center Online, Accessed 12/1/22)