Follow the Money: Deep-Pocketed Foundations Funnel Big Money to Radical Special Interest Group Honor the Earth

Honor the Earth is an extreme Callaway, Minnesota-based special interest group that opposes the carbon capture and storage projects that are revolutionizing American agriculture.

Winona LaDuke, HTE’s executive director, has attacked carbon capture as a “crazy idea,” despite broad bipartisan support for this groundbreaking technology.

Since 2013, HTE has received grants totaling more than $5.74 million from organizations giving at least $25,000.

The JPB Foundation, a foundation created by Barbara Picower, provided $800,000 in grants to HTE. In 2014, Forbes described her as “the widow of the biggest beneficiary of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.”

A leader in the radical fossil fuel divestment movement, the McKnight Foundation has poured $350,000 into HTE’s coffers. The McKnight Foundation is also a major funder of the anti-ethanol Sierra Club and the far-left Tides Foundation & Tides Center.

In 2021, Minnesota’s ethanol industry generated an estimated $6.1 billion of economic activity, produced 22,810 jobs, and contributed $2.1 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the University of Minnesota.

AmountGrantmakerGrantmaker Location
$850,000Taitanchi Foundation Inc.Atlanta, Georgia
$800,000The JPB FoundationNew York, New York
$670,000The Poss Family FoundationBrookline, Massachusetts
$500,000Kataly FoundationSan Francisco, California
$352,500The Schmidt Family FoundationPalo Alto, California
$300,000Kalliopeia FoundationSan Rafael, California
$300,000McKnight FoundationMinneapolis, Minnesota
$276,000RSF Social FinanceSan Francisco, California
$225,000Northwest Area FoundationSt. Paul, Minnesota
$204,000Park FoundationIthaca, New York
$198,334Tides FoundationSan Francisco, California
$150,000Novo FoundationBrooklyn, New York
$115,000Patagonia OrgLos Angeles, California
$96,000National Philanthropic TrustJenkintown, Pennsylvania
$80,000Seattle FoundationSeattle, Washington
$75,000Mize Family FoundationSeattle, Washington
$59,050Minneapolis FoundationMinneapolis, Minnesota
$52,000East Bay Community FoundationOakland, California
$50,000Cloud Mountain FoundationNew York, New York
$46,500New Hampshire Charitable FoundationConcord, New Hampshire
$45,000The Overbrook FoundationNew York, New York
$40,000Otto Bremer TrustSt. Paul, Minnesota
$37,000Maine Community FoundationEllsworth, Maine
$36,000HRK FoundationSt. Paul, Minnesota
$35,835PlusoneplusoneSan Francisco, California
$35,000The Boston FoundationBoston, Massachusetts
$32,400La Crosse Community FoundationLa Crosse, Wisconsin
$32,000Rose Foundation for Communities and the EnvironmentOakland, California
$25,000The Frances Fund, Inc.Northampton, Massachusetts
$25,000Women’s Foundation of MinneapolisMinneapolis, Minnesota
TOTAL:  $5,742,619