Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Tackles Climate Change and Global Poverty

The Nathan Cummings Foundation gives $18 million in grants annually

Global Poverty

The Nathan Cummings Foundation has been a leading contributor to the advancement of environmental issues, and is broadening its scope to focus on the relationship between the environment, climate change and global poverty, according to Inside Philanthropy.

With the middle class rising in emerging market countries and economic advancements increasing in the developing world, there is a huge toll taken on environmental preservation. In addition to ecological damage industrial progress causes, the areas in the world that are developing the most quickly are those most affected by climate change and disruptions in ecosystems.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation gives out $18 million in grants, and its objectives, in terms of the environment, include increasing availability of green energy, reducing greenhouse gases and alleviating poverty.

Nathan Cummings was born in 1896 to Lithuanian immigrants and founded the Consolidated Foods group, which later became known as Sara Lee. He became an art collector and owned many impressionist paintings as well as those by the 20th century masters. Cummings made contributions the the nation’s largest art museums and Jewish causes, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation was founded in 1949.

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