- Assets: $95,212,399 (2010)
- Grants Awarded: $5,775,000 (2010)
The Bauman Family Foundation was initially funded in 1982 by the estate of Lionel R. Bauman, a New York City lawyer and businessman who was a partner in the real-estate development firm Eugene M. Grant & Co. Today the Foundation is managed by Lionel's daughter, Patricia Bauman, who is also a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a member of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, Chair of the Preamble Center, and a Trustee of the Beldon Fund. Ms. Bauman was a featured speaker at a Democratic GAIN-sponsored training forum for Democrats and progressives, held during the four days of the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Democratic GAIN (an acronym for Grassroots Action Institute and Network) describes itself as "a national membership association for progressive political professionals and organizations . . . [which] provides an infrastructure that supports and connects our members across the country."
The Bauman Family Foundation identifies its fields of interest as the arts, economic development, education, the environment, public policy, and research. Its philanthropy is directed toward "local, state, or national organizations with a clear strategy for translating their projects into nationally applicable ideas, including support for issues at the intersection of the economy and the environment." Thus the Foundation supports numerous organizations committed to the anti-capitalist agendas of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is "not clean air and clean water, [but] rather . . . the demolition of technological/industrial civilization."
Among the groups funded by the Bauman Family Foundation are: America Coming Together; the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center; the Center for Media and Democracy; Citizen Action; the Economic Policy Institute; Environmental Media Services; the Environmental Working Group; the Defenders of Wildlife; Friends of the Earth; Greenpeace; the League of Conservation Voters; the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication; the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL); the National Religious Partnership for the Environment; Environmental Defense Fund; the Natural Resources Defense Council; Physicians for Social Responsibility; People for the American Way (PFAW); Project Vote; the Proteus Fund; the Rockefeller Family Fund; the Sierra Club; State Voices; the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center; USAction Education Fund; the U.S. Public Interest Research Council (PIRG); Public Citizen; Waterkeeper Alliance; the World Resources Institute; and the World Wildlife Fund.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Bauman Family Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)