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Trout Unlimited
A NODOG Cluster Group

Trout Unlimited National Office
Also Known As: TU
1300 N 17th St
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22209

www.tu.org
Phone: (703) 522-0200
Email contact:
hcoley@tu.org
EIN: 38-1612715
Founded: 19
59
Exempt since: 19
72

Trout Unlimited is mapped on Muckety.

Self description: Through its over 500 local chapters and state volunteer groups and through its national office, Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

Actual: an early fishing organization founded in 1959 that was gradually co-opted by environmentalist leaders beginning in the 1980s, alienating former members who departed, and recruiting a new social-change and ideologically oriented membership with extreme views on hydroelectric dam removal and prejudice against fossil fuels, particularly oil and gas.

TU's current president and Chief Executive Officer, Charles Gauvin, is an environmental attorney with extensive experience in blocking permits under the federal Clean Water Act. Before coming to TU (1991), Gauvin was a lawyer with Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where he litigated discharge permits for municipalities and environmental organizations. He is a 1978 graduate of Brown University and a 1985 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Gauvin is expert at secretly funneling foundation money to new groups, and presided over the incubation of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance when it was created by Pew Charitable Trusts in 2000. He is a member of the board of directors of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

In 2000, Trout Unlimited became the “fiscal sponsor” of the new “Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance” (TRCA). By 2002, Trout Unlimited passed more than $2 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to the new TRCA. The new group was not incorporated and had no IRS exempt status of its own and was ineligible for foundation contributions, so the Pew grants did not mention the new group by name.



Pew Memorial Trust
2002

Grant ID 2002-001864

 

$1,250.000  

Trout Unlimited National Office. Arlington. VA
In support of a national alliance of hunters and fishermen working to protect fish and wildlife populations on federal public lands

Pew Memorial Trust 2003

Grant ID 2003-002200

$1,062,000

Trout Unlimited National Office; Arlington, VA Support for a national alliance of hunters and fishermen working to protect fish and wildlife populations on federal public lands

Pew Charitable Trusts 2005

Line 22 Attachment Page 41

$1,200,000

Trout Unlimited National Office Arlington VA To support a national alliance of hunters and anglers working to protect fish and wildlife populations on U.S. public lands, and state and federal waters.

Pew Charitable Trusts 2005

Line 22 Attachment Page 41

$482,000

Trout Unlimited National Office Arlington VA Support for a national alliance of hunters and fishermen working to protect fish and wildlife populations on federal public lands.

 The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation also gave early grants for this project:

2002/2003 - For the Building Coalitions to Improve Public Land Conservation project $450,000

Trout Unlimited received and managed these funds on behalf of the new group as fiscal sponsor. This type of arrangement is not uncommon among non-profit organizations wishing to “incubate” new groups. Trout Unlimited made no public acknowledgment of its money-funnel role that The Librarian could discover, although Pew’s role as TRCA’s key donor was widely known, as reported in this Tony Dean Outdoors website of 2002:

Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Alliance
on the Grasslands

Editor's Note: The following opinion editorial was written by Bob Munson, Executive Director of
the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Alliance.

...The need for a hunter/angler alliance was recognized by Pew Charitable Trusts which gave the Alliance a grant and the directive to inform and engage Americans to foster our conservation legacy while working to nurture, enhance and protect our fish, wildlife and habitat resources on our National Forest System. TRCA is an alliance, led by six national conservation organizations, which include the Izaak Walton League of America, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Wildlife Forever and Wildlife Management Institute. The Roosevelt family has given permission to the TRCA to use the former President's name.

LIBRARIAN'S NOTES:

  • The Pew grant came with a DIRECTIVE, which is called a "prescriptive grant," in which the foundation creates the project and gives money to those willing to do its bidding.

  • The Roosevelt family gave its permission because Theodore Roosevelt, IV is a Trustee of Trout Unlimited.

  • Bob Munson had previously served as executive director of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

  • The Alliance originally covered anti-industry activism only on National Forest lands. It later changed its name to Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and expanded its mission to cover anti-industry activism on all government lands, federal and state, and legislation that affects all private lands, such as the Endangered Species Act.

  • Wildlife Forever also received a $50,000 grant in 2002 from the Surdna Foundation for "General support for the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA) a new umbrella organization dedicated to motivating hunters and fishermen to participate more actively in national forest management decision making."

Today Trout Unlimited has a $20 million annual budget, mostly gained from foundation grants. It also got $2.2 million in government grants. TU uses taxpayer money to lobby for removal of hydroelectric dams, tightening environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and is closely allied to groups intent on ending the use of fossil fuels.

Trout Unlimited is one of the three creators of Sportsmen for Responsible Oil and Gas Development (aka Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development), a ruse to shut down oil and gas production throughout the United States.

Trout Unlimited financial condition 2006

 Revenue

 

  Expenses

Contributions

$13,219,219

Government Grants

$2,257,647

Program Services

$108,799

Investments

$379,969

Special Events

$2,865

Sales

$7,268

Other

$4,107,872

 

Program Services

$15,399,554

Administration

$900,508

Other

$2,323,548

Total Expenditures

$18,623,610

Total Revenue

$20,083,639

 

NET GAIN/LOSS

$1,460,029

Trout Unlimited Officers, Trustees, and Key Employees

Name

Title

Compensation

CHARLES GAUVIN

PRESIDENT/CEO

$201,400

HILLARY COLEY

VP ADMIN/CFO

$119,038

DAVID GOEDDEL, PH.D.

TRUSTEE

$0

HAMILTON JAMES

CHAIRMAN/EXEC. COMMITTEE

$0

LEWIS W. COLEMAN

TRUSTEE

$0

MIKE SLATER

TRUSTEE

$0

FORREST E. MARS, JR.

TRUSTEE

$0

DAVID D. ARMSTRONG

LEGAL ADVISOR

$0

LAWRENCE FINCH

TRUSTEE

$0

LOREN ALBRIGHT

TRUSTEE

$0

GARLAND STEWART

TRUSTEE

$0

BILL EGAN

TRUSTEE

$0

JAN ALLARDT

TRUSTEE

$0

SHARON LANCE

TRUSTEE

$0

GEORGE JENKINS

TRUSTEE

$0

HARRIS HUMAN, IV

TREASURER

$0

SHERRY BRAINERD

TRUSTEE

$0

THEODORE ROOSEVELT, IV

TRUSTEE

$0

EADDO KIERNAN

TRUSTEE

$0

RICK MURPHREE

TRUSTEE

$0

JAMES D. RANGE

TRUSTEE

$0

JOHN WELTER

SECRETARY/NAT. LEADERSHIP

$0

JOHN F. MAHER

CHAIRMAN

$0

TIM COLLINS

TRUSTEE

$0

GEORGE J. RECORDS

TRUSTEE

$0

PAUL MACIEJEWSKI

TRUSTEE

$0

JOHN Q. GRIFFIN

TRUSTEE

$0

KIRKWOOD OTEY

VICE CHAIRMAN

$0

PATSY ISHIYAMA

TRUSTEE

$0

F. WELDON BAIRD

TRUSTEE

$0

ROBERT J. TEUFEL

TRUSTEE

$0

MARK T. GATES

SECRETARY

$0

MICHAEL SMITH

TRUSTEE

$0

OAKLEIGH THORNE

TRUSTEE

$0

RON FOSTER

TRUSTEE

$0

JAMES K. ASSELSTINE

TRUSTEE

$0

JIM EDEN

TRUSTEE

$0

SANJEEV MEHRA

TRUSTEE

$0

MARK ULLMAN

TRUSTEE

$0

JON CHRISTIANSEN

TRUSTEE

$0


Name

Title

Compensation

CHRISTOPHER WOOD

VP CONSERVATION

$133,274

WHIT FOSBURGH

VP PR. DEVELOPMENT

$130,824

STEVE MOYER

VP GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

$121,324

COURTNEY CUFF

DIR. ORV ISSUES

$105,000

35 foundation grants to Trout Unlimited

35 grants / $10,747,500

Granting Foundation
 

Amount

Year

Grant Description

VANGUARD CHARITABLE ENDOWMENT PROGRAM
Southeastern
Pennsylvania

$19,000

2006

Environment & Wildlife

WYSS FOUNDATION
West Chester
Pennsylvania

$625,000

2006

 

S D BECHTEL JR FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$25,000

2006

Environment / Conservation /Restoration

S D BECHTEL JR FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$25,000

2005

 

GEORGE S AND DELORES DORE ECCLES FOUNDATION
Salt Lake City
Utah

$30,000

2005

To support the Utah Water Project, a program designed to protect Utah's rivers and streams

COMPTON FOUNDATION INC
Redwood City
California

$25,000

2005

 

JAMES FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Livingston
New Jersey

$21,000

2005

 

CORA L BROOKS FOUNDATION
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania

$14,895

2005

 

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$1,200,000

2005

To support a national alliance of hunters and anglers working to protect fish and wildlife populations on US public lands, and state and federal waters

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$482,000

2005

Support for a national alliance of hunters and fishermen working to protect fish and wildlife populations on federal public lands

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$5,000

2005

 

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$722,500

2004

For general support of the Public Lands Initiative

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$250,000

2004

For the Building Coalition to Improve Public Land Conservation project

WYSS FOUNDATION
West Chester
Pennsylvania

$385,000

2004

 

CORA L BROOKS FOUNDATION
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania

$14,105

2004

General support

S D BECHTEL JR FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$25,000

2004

Environmental conservation/restoration

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Boston
Massachusetts

$20,000

2004

 

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Boston
Massachusetts

$5,000

2004

 

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Boston
Massachusetts

$5,000

2004

 

FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Boston
Massachusetts

$4,000

2003

 

RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FUND
San Francisco
California

$20,000

2003

California Water Project, to protect and restore California rivers and streams that are not part of the state and federal water projects

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$150,000

2003

For the Western Water Project a joint venture with water watch of Oregon

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$1,000,000

2003

For general support of Trout Unlimited's Western Water Project

GRACE JONES RICHARDSON TRUST
Greensboro
North Carolina

$5,000

2003

To Help 501c3 Organizations Carry Out Their Exempt Purposes

PEW MEMORIAL TRUST
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$1,141,000

2003

In support of a national alliance of hunters and fishermen working to protect fish and wildlife populations on federal public lands

PEW MEMORIAL TRUST
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$400,000

2002

For support of a campaign to gain protection for native trout and (rout habitat across the western United States

PEW MEMORIAL TRUST
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$109,000

2002

In support of a national alliance of hunters and fishermen working to protect fish and wildlife populations on federal public lands

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$150,000

2002

For the Western Water project, a joint venture with Water Watch of Oregon

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$250,000

2002

For the Building Coalitions to Improve Public Land Conservation project

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$2,000,000

2002

To establish a watershed research and restoration fund

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$10,000

2002

For general support

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$10,000

2001

 

PEW MEMORIAL TRUST
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$500,000

2001

 

J N PEW JR CHARITABLE TRUST
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$1,000,000

2001

For the trout watershed campaign for support of a campaign to gain protection for native trout and trout habitat across the western United States

PEW MEMORIAL TRUST
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

$100,000

2000

 

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