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Amazon Watch
A NODOG Cluster Group

AMAZON WATCH
One Hallidie Plaza
Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94102
www.amazonwatch.org
Phone (415) 487-9600
Email contact:
elisa@amazonwatch.org
EIN 95-4604782

Founded: 1996
Exempt since: 1999

Self description: Amazon Watch works to defend the Amazon rainforest and support its indigenous peoples against the social and environmental impacts of the extractive industries.

Actual: Rabidly opposes all industry, particularly oil and gas. Aggressively pressures indigenous people to stop supporting desirable economic developments wanted by villages and tribes; calls in multinational power and pressure groups such as Oxfam to praise the enemies of economic development and to harass, harangue and discredit its supporters.

NoDOG Connection: Assisted the Oil and Gas Accountability Project and the Dogwood Initiative to prepare the 2004 Denver, Colorado workshop, Corporate Energy Campaigning: Using financial pressure for conservation. The following excerpt from the Dogwood Initiative newsletter of October, 2004, exposes the Amazon Watch collusion with the NoDOG groups:

HOW CAN WE RESPOND? UNITED FINANCIAL PRESSURE

By Will Horter
[extreme anti-industry activist, leader of Alliance to Stop LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) and Dogwood Initiative. Based in Victoria, B.C. - The Librarian]

 Follow the money. That’s the mantra activists across North America are repeating after attending the Corporate Energy Campaigning: Using financial pressure for conservation workshop in Denver. 

In September [2004], this effort took a big step forward, when Dogwood Initiative co-hosted Corporate Energy Campaigning: Using financial pressure for conservation, with the Colorado-based Oil & Gas Accountability Project. 

Dogwood Initiative organized the workshop jointly with the Colorado-based Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP), which is widely respected in the western U.S. for its organizing on oil and gas issues. Together we assembled 40 key activists from across North America for an in-depth training and strategy session on how to counter the growing power and impacts of the oil industry.

Participants came from the Yukon, Alberta, BC, Ontario, Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Maine. They have been fighting the impacts of the oil industry on their communities and environment. Traditional approaches like community organizing, government relations, legal challenges, and public education have served them well. All agree, however, that new tools are needed.

Financial pressure is one such tool. Though a powerful force in historic campaigns to end slavery (sugar boycotts) and free South Africa from Apartheid (divestment), financial campaigns targeting oil companies are a relatively new approach.

As scandals create demand for stricter corporate governance, our ability to influence industry increases. Financiers—whether they are shareholders, banks, insurance companies or other entities—are risk averse, and we have strategies to enhance risk to create leverage.

We gathered experts who have successfully used these strategies—experts on financing and corporate research, shareholder activism, credit ratings, and corporate dialogue. Our experts were drawn from a “who’s-who” of successful corporate campaigners. Friends of the Earth and Rainforest Action Network sent trainers , and people from Amazon Watch and the Burma Project were involved in the preparation.

The workshop’s biggest success was the support generated for a new continental fossil fuel campaign. The activists created a Steering Committee, and approved organizing principles, criteria for target selection, and a short-list of target companies.

Foundation grants to Amazon Watch

Donor
Foundation

 

Grant

Year

Grant Description

MORIAH FUND INC
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$30,000

2006

For general support

BAY AND PAUL FOUNDATIONS INC
New York
New York

$7,000

2006

 

OVERBROOK FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$30,000

2006

Indigenous Lands Protection Project in the Southern Ecuadorian Amazon

CONSERVATION FOOD AND HEALTH FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts

$25,000

2006

In support of advocacy and local capacity building in the lower Urubama river valley in the Peruvian Amazon

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$100,000

2006

To monitor natural resource extraction and infrastructure projects financed by international financial institutional and private bank that negatively affects the environment and indigenous communities in the Amazon River basin

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$90,000

2006

General support

RACHAEL & BEN VAUGHAN FOUNDATION
Austin
Texas

$5,000

2006

Protect rainforest & rights of indigenous people

THE MENTAL INSIGHT FOUNDATION
Sonoma
California

$15,000

2006

 

RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND
San Francisco
California

$75,000

2006

No go zones and California markets campaign to protect the rainforests of the Andean region of the Amazon from oil exploration and extraction

THE MENTAL INSIGHT FOUNDATION
Sonoma
California

$5,000

2005

 

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$50,000

2005

 

OVERBROOK FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$25,000

2005

Indigenous lands Protection project

BAY AND PAUL FOUNDATIONS INC
New York
New York

$12,000

2005

 

KOHN FOUNDATION
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$25,000

2005

 

KOWITZ FAMILY FOUNDATION
Dallas
Texas

$12,500

2005

 

MAILMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$7,500

2005

 

MORIAH FUND INC
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$30,000

2005

 

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$163,333

2005

To monitor natural resource extraction and infrastructure projects financed by international financial institutions and private banks that negatively affect the environment and indigenous communities in the Amazon River basin

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$80,000

2004

To Monitor Natural Resource Extraction and Infrastructure projects financed by international financial institutions and private banks that negatively affect the Environment and Indigenous communities in the Amazon River Basin

MAILMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2004

 

MORIAH FUND INC
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$30,000

2004

For general support

GLOBAL GREENGRANTS FUND INC
Boulder
Colorado

$5,000

2004

 

THE THRESHOLD FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$20,000

2004

Amazon Watch partners with South American indigenous/environmental NGO's to protect Amazonian ecosystems and indigenous lands threatened by internationally financed industrial mega-projects, such as oil/gas pipelines

OVERBROOK FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2004

Work with the Shuar and Achuar peoples of Ecuador

FARO FOUNDATION
Los Angeles
California

$50,000

2004

General donation

RACHAEL & BEN VAUGHAN FOUNDATION
Austin
Texas

$5,000

2004

Defend tropical wilderness from industrial mega

THE MENTAL INSIGHT FOUNDATION
Sonoma
California

$15,000

2004

 

RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND
San Francisco
California

$75,000

2004

No go zones and California markets projects permanently protect rainforests of the Andean region of the Amazon from oil exploration and drilling

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$50,000

2004

General support-year 1

MORIAH FUND INC
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$20,000

2003

 

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$26,667

2003

To monitor natural resource extraction and infrastructure projects financed by international financial institutions and private banks that negatively affect the environment and indigenous communities in the Amazon River basin

FOUNDATION FOR DEEP ECOLOGY
Sausalito
California

$5,000

2003

General Support

THE MENTAL INSIGHT FOUNDATION
Sonoma
California

$15,000

2002

 

RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND
San Francisco
California

$50,000

2002

Assist local communities in defending against threats from large oil and gas projects in the intact lowland rainforests of the Andean/Amazon region $100,000/2 years (2001-2002)

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$80,000

2002

To support an organization that works with indigenous groups in Amazon River basin countries to protect the environment and advance human rights

MORIAH FUND INC
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$25,000

2002

For general support

BLUE MOON FUND INC
Charlottesville
Virginia

$100,000

2002

For general support

BLUE MOON FUND INC
Charlottesville
Virginia

$100,000

2001

For General Support

MORIAH FUND INC
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$25,000

2001

For general support

TURNER FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$20,000

2001

For general support to investigate and publicize proposed projects in culturally and environmentally sensitive areas of the Amazon

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$80,000

2001

To support an organization that works with indigenous groups in Amazon River basin countries to protect the environment and advance human rights (501c3 - Public Charity)

RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND
San Francisco
California

$50,000

2001

 

TURNER FOUNDATION INC
Atlanta
Georgia

$20,000

2000

 

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION
Flint
Michigan

$75,000

2000

 

BLUE MOON FUND INC
Charlottesville
Virginia

$77,000

2000

To work with indigenous partners in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela to challenge Mega-projects such as pipelines, power lines and roads that threaten ecosystems in national parks and indigenous reserves.

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$6,500

1999

 

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