Park Foundation’s funds continue flow to fracking critics


In this weekend’s Gannett newspapers, we took another look at the Park Foundation, the Ithaca-based philanthropic fund that has provided dozens of grants to fracking critics active in New York.

Here’s some of the highlights. (You can read the full story here.)

  • Since Gannett’s Albany Bureau first examined Park’s hydrofracking-related grants 15 months ago, the foundation has maintained its rate of spending on the highly charged issue, distributing more than $2.3 million since the beginning of 2012 to fracking critics active in New York.
  • The spending strategy by Park has been in contrast to that of the natural-gas industry, with the foundation choosing to distribute dozens of smaller grants rather than put its money in one place. ExxonMobil, for example, quietly dropped $2 million on an advertising campaign a year ago in New York.
  • Among the recipients since the start of 2012: $100,000 for “Gasland: Part III,” a planned second sequel to the Josh Fox-directed documentary; $140,000 for Earthjustice, a group providing a legal defense for a gas drilling ban in the Tompkins County Town of Dryden; $540,000 for Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C. group that has been one of the most active in organizing large anti-fracking rallies in Albany.
  • Park has also provided $637,000 to a group called the Sustainable Markets Foundation since 2008. Sustainable Markets, which also receives significant funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, in turn distributes funding to groups like Frack Action and Among the biggest beneficiaries of Sustainable Markets’ money? Ithaca-based database specialist and noted fracking critic/organizer Walter Hang, whose firm Toxics Targeting has received $758,250 from the group since September 2008.

Here’s a look, courtesy of the Park Foundation, at the fund’s fracking-related grants. An interesting note: The first one, which came in 2008, was to the Open Space Institute, who at the time was headed by Joseph Martens, now the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Shale Grants 2008 to 7 2013


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  1. I looked at this news because of The Perfect Picture that it reflected! A Bunch of Protesters!. . . And, a Few Law Enforcement Officers on Standby to I am sure Maintain “Tranquility” for the Pursuit of these Individuals Happiness! LOL!

    ( Laughter )

    Here! Is what came to My Mind when I say that Picture attached to this Headline. . .

    And, I will be Very Honest about it. . .
    I was thinking:
    1. Are these ” Protesters” paid?
    2. If this is such a Rich Group getting unmanned and getting so much ” donations” Hey! Look! See those POs around You? Give there PBA ( in Your Area ) a few thousandss from that Free Money!
    Do something positive sometime too! The Guy in Albany has put 2% Cap on TOWNS Budget! The Patrols have been cut around NY! May be it can help the Bravest. . . Hey! No one donates anything like that to PBAs

    This Group seems very lucky Yoooooo!