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Earthworks
A NODOG Cluster Group

Earthworks
(merger of former Mineral Policy Center and Oil and Gas Accountability Project)
1612 K St NW
Suite 808
Washington , DC 20006
http://www.earthworks.org

Phone: (202) 887-1872
Email contact:  jzippin@earthworksaction.org

EIN:
52-1557765
Founded: 19
88
Exempt since: 19
88

Self-description: EARTHWORKS works with partners from across the U.S. and around the world to support local campaigns, monitor the mining industry, and change mining practices.

Actual: Aggressive campaigning to destroy oil and gas development, co-founded the No Dirty Oil and Gas (NoDOG) coalition. Operates the website, No Dirty Energy.

History: Earthworks was created in 2004 by a merger of two pre-existing green groups: the Mineral Policy Center (MPC, founded 1988) in Washington, D.C and the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP, founded 1999) in Durango, Colorado.

The merger was engineered by the Brainerd Foundation, the private charity of Seattle-based software multi-millionaire Paul Brainerd. The story is told on the Brainerd Foundation website, http://www.brainerd.org/grantees/profiles/ew.php. The Brainerd Foundation's Earthworks Profile is also posted in The Green Tracking Center's archive.

Paul Brainerd-gave Earthworks a Brainerd Foundation Challenge grant to change things.
The foundation's profile of Earthworks says, "The most readily visible change is the new name. They found that people, even supporters, were confused by their name. Was it an industry group or a think tank, they wondered, and if it was a think tank, why was it running these activist campaigns? So Mineral Policy Center became EARTHWORKS. It also merged with a group that worked on oil and gas issues and formed partnerships with other organizations such as the Center for Science and Public Participation."

Brainerd also thought the Mineral Policy Center's original anti-mining purpose was too limited. The "group that worked on oil and gas issues" was the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, which had developed strategies to conduct strong anti-oil and gas campaigns.

Brainerd also thought the two newly merged groups needed technical backup for credibility, which is the reason his grant required Earthworks to partner with the Montana-based Center for Science in Public Participation and others.

The Mineral Policy Center had previously been operating a "No Dirty Gold" anti-mining campaign that was effective in damaging mining operations and would serve as a good template for an aggressive anti-oil and gas campaign. The No Dirty Energy campaign first emerged as the No Dirty Oil and Gas project, abbreviated "NoDOG."

At the same time Paul Brainerd was merging the Mineral Policy Center and the Oil and Gas Accountability Project into Earthworks, a Canadian green group called the Dogwood Initiative was building a coalition to destroy the financial credibility of oil and gas companies. Read their newsletter about the first coalition meeting. See Page 9. Adobe Acrobat PDF file (258k).

On Nov. 15, 2006, Earthworks registered the websites www.nodirtyoilandgas dot com and dot org.

In late 2006, an anonymous person sent a warning memo to an oil and gas association, spelling out the details of a planned 3-year campaign to destroy the oil and gas industry in the Western United States, 2007-2009. The predictions for 2007 and 2008 have so far all proven correct. The "NoDOG MEMO" became a cause celebre in mid 2007 when it was spread to many analysts and petroleum industry people. Read The NoDOG Memo here. The Oil and Gas Accountability Project has claimed the memo is a fraud written by an oil company lobbyist, which begs the question of how an industry lobbyist would have such accurate detail on green group events months before they happened.

In late 2008, the anti-oil and gas campaign had gone full force, with the congressional support of key Democrats and likely support of President Barack Obama.

Earthworks financial condition 2007

Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $1,485,248
Government Grants $0
Program Services $0
Investments $24,448
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $20,924

 

Program Services $1,612,253
Administration $115,363
Other $146,697
Total Expenditures $1,874,313
Total Revenue $1,530,620   NET GAIN/LOSS ($343,693)

Earthworks Officers, Directors, and Key Employees

Name Title Compensation
STEPHEN D'ESPOSITO PRESIDENT & CEO $123,848
GLORIA FLORA BOARD MEMBER $0
SHARON BENJAMIN SECRETARY/TREASURER $0
DR. KARIN SHELDON CHAIRMAN $0
BILL MCNEILL BOARD MEMBER $0
KERRY ANDERSON BOARD MEMBER & MAJOR DONOR $0
WILMA SUBRA BOARD MEMBER $0
JAY HALFON BOARD MEMBER $0
MICHAEL CONROY BOARD MEMBER $0
GLENN MILLER VICE CHAIRMAN $0
KIMBERLEE SMITH-DINN DIRECTOR OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT $68,581
GWEN LACHELT OGAP PROGRAM DIRECTOR $63,000
ALAN SEPTOFF RESEARCH & IT $54,000

Most recent foundation grants to Earthworks

Grant Total: $4,003,550 

Number of Grants: 87

Donor Foundation
 

Amount

Year

Grant Description

HAROLD WHITWORTH PIERCE CHARITABLE TRUST
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2007

 

PAUL AND EDITH BABSON FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2007

 

HARDER FOUNDATION
Tacoma
Washington

$20,000

2007

Clean energy

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$350,000

2007

General support

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$5,000

2006

For the New Mexico circuit rider program

PAUL AND EDITH BABSON FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2006

 

THE BRAINERD FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$25,000

2006

 

STARBUCKS FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$7,500

2006

Giving Voice Program

BULLITT FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$25,000

2006

 

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Westport
Connecticut

$100,000

2006

 

OVERBROOK FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$30,000

2006

No Dirty Gold' Campaign

WYSS FOUNDATION
West Chester
Pennsylvania

$55,000

2006

 

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$15,000

2006

 

SCHERMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$30,000

2006

Support for environmental projects

WOLFENSOHN FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$20,000

2006

In response to 10/27/06 application in support of oil and gass accountability's campaigns to protect threatend lands in the Rocky mountain West and Alaska from mounting impacts of oil and gas development

LIZ CLAIBORNE & ART ORTENBERG FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

Oil & gas accountability project

TEMPER OF THE TIMES FOUNDATION INC
Rye
New York

$8,000

2005

 

RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND
San Francisco
California

$150,000

2005

No Dirty Gold Campaign, a collaborative campaign to promote the highest environmental, human rights and social standards in mining operations worldwide

WOLFENSOHN FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$20,000

2005

 

WYSS FOUNDATION
West Chester
Pennsylvania

$55,000

2005

 

TRUE NORTH FOUNDATION
Grass Valley
California

$50,000

2005

Media work

TRUE NORTH FOUNDATION
Grass Valley
California

$135,000

2005

Western campaign circuit riders

ECOTRUST FOUNDATION
Minneapolis
Minnesota

$5,000

2005

General support

OVERBROOK FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$25,000

2005

NO Dirty Gold' Campaign

THE BRAINERD FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$30,000

2005

Environmental preservation

PAUL AND EDITH BABSON FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$5,000

2005

 

PRINCETON AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC
Lawrenceville
New Jersey

$6,000

2005

 

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$5,000

2005

For the New Mexico Circuit Rider Program

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF JACKSON HOLE
Jackson
Wyoming

$20,000

2005

 

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$350,000

2005

Support for environmental projects

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$25,000

2004

To ensure that recent scientific research on mining is brought to the attention of government and corporate decision-makers.

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$350,000

2004

To protect the West's pristine landscapes by promoting reform of the mining industry in the US.

MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Santa Fe
New Mexico

$7,500

2004

For continuation of the mining reform work in New Mexico

THE BRAINERD FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$30,000

2004

Environmental preservation

BULLITT FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$25,000

2004

 

CABOT FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2004

 

TRUE NORTH FOUNDATION
Grass Valley
California

$135,000

2004

Western campaign

WYSS FOUNDATION
West Chester
Pennsylvania

$110,000

2004

 

SCHERMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$30,000

2004

Support for environmental projects

LAZAR FOUNDATION
Portland
Oregon

$10,000

2004

 

ANNA B STEARNS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2004

 

ANNA B STEARNS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2003

General Purposes

MARK AND HELENE EISNER FOUNDATION INC
Boca Raton
Florida

$5,000

2003

 

BULLITT FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$18,000

2003

Protecting and restoring the environment of the Pacific Northwest

THE BRAINERD FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$46,500

2003

Environmental preservation

THE BRAINERD FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$30,000

2003

Environmental preservation

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$350,000

2003

To protect the West's pristine landscapes by promoting reform of the mining industry in the U.S

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$240,000

2003

To use scientific and economic research to expose the vulnerabilities of the mining industry and provide research necessary for mining reform

MARSHALL COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Plymouth
Indiana

$4,500

2002

 

NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS FOUNDATION
Beverly
Massachusetts

$5,000

2002

 

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