In 2011, the Claneil Foundation established the concept of “critical issue funding” in response to learning about the health and environmental issues related to hydrofracking in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. The Foundation supported a variety of organizations committed to addressing the potentially devastating health and environmental impacts of fracking on communities.

Year Organization Focus Amount
2011 Delaware Riverkeeper Network Protecting the Delaware River: Research, advocacy and monitoring of the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water $50,000
2011 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Start-up funding for new organization: Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project $75,000
2011 PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center Outreach, education, engagement and advocacy to protect communities impacted by fracking in the Marcellus Shale $45,000
2011 Temple University Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection: Geological research on groundwater pollution and methane upwelling of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region $16,700
2012 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project $75,000
2012 PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center Outreach, education, engagement and advocacy to protect communities impacted by fracking in the Marcellus Shale $50,000
2012 Yale University One Health Project: Early sentinel warning to address environmental health threats related to natural gas extraction $70,000
2013 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project $75,000
2013 Cornell University Seed funding for new research on the impact of fracking on food system through biologically-based testing $75,000
2013 Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy Start-up funding for organization devoted to engaging scientists and the public health community on issues related to the environmental health impacts of hydraulic fracturing $45,000
2013 Netcentric Seed funding for the Halt the Harm Initiative $55,000
2014 National Parks Conservation Association National Parks Along the Delaware River: Strengthen and expand a sustained network of park advocates and engage economic interests in advocacy $35,000
2014 PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center Outreach, education, engagement of public health groups, family farmers, and outdoor enthusiasts to voice concern about fracking in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests $45,000
2014 Riverkeeper, Inc. Campaign to address the environmental and health impacts of fracking in New York $50,000
2015 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Southwest PA Environmental Health Project: Medical education and outreach in Pennsylvania $50,000
2015 Clean Air Council Protect Our Children Coalition $30,000
2015 Delaware Riverkeeper Network Pipeline and Shale Gas Infrastructure: Science and outreach $65,000
2015 Earthworks Citizens Empowerment Project in Pennsylvania $50,000
2015 Netcentric Campaigns Halt The Harm Initiative $30,000
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