Founded in 1992, the mission of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) (formerly known as the Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation (PDF:50KB)) is to promote environmental causes throughout the Americas in the broadest sense, which encompasses both the physical and social environments in which we live. In furtherance of our mission we support a wide range of projects in the following four categories:
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Sustainable Development
- Environmental Justice
- Environmental Education
A concrete example of how the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas carries out these objectives is its grant to The Nature Conservancy to create a manual to evaluate and strengthen coalition building for protected area conservation. This manual was published in 2005 and has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas does not provide financial support for individuals. It does not make gifts for religious, political or lobbying purposes. It does not support any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or handicap. It only makes direct grants and donations to 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations in the U.S. or their equivalents overseas.
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas-supported programs are geographically limited to the Americas. The Foundation may give preference to programs where the corporation has a strong presence, or where there is an opportunity for employee volunteerism.
For grantmaking in Europe and Africa, please visit the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe & Africa website. For Asia and Oceania, please visit the Corporate Citizenship section of the Mitsubishi Corporation website.
All grants are subject to approval at the annual board meeting held each autumn. Most grants are pursuant to proposals solicited by MCFA. Ideal timing for proposals is during the first quarter of the calendar year.
Program Related Investments (PRIs)
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas made its first PRI to Root Capital, "a nonprofit social investment fund that is pioneering finance for grassroots businesses in rural areas in developing countries." The PRI is part of a growing trend among foundations to increase their impact through mission related investing.
$300,000 program-related investment (PRI) to expand lending to sustainable small and growing businesses in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador and promote the preservation of environmentally vulnerable regions in Latin America.
Recent Representative Grants
*in alphabetical order
Since its founding in 1991, the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas has contributed over $7 million to environmental causes in the Americas.
Creation of a Biological Conservatory and Learning Center adjacent to Manu National Park in Peru. The center's purpose will be to educate visitors, support new research, and create jobs for local communities.($163,937 over four years)
Providing training for 60 women to expand or develop micro-businesses, while preventing illegal extraction or poaching of wood, animals, and other resources from nature reserves in Colombia ($60,000 over three years)
MCFA has donated more than $300,000 to ABC, primarily for the purchase of bird habitats in Mexico for conservation purposes. Read more (PDF:45KB)
Support for the launch of Japanese and Spanish language editions of the award-winning book Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity (Edited by Eric Chivian, M.D. and Aaron Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H.) and related education and outreach, including major sections on biodiversity and human health in E.O. Wilson's new digital, high school biology textbook, Life on Earth ($100,000 payable over two years)
Sponsorship of the 2013 Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Leadership Meeting in New Orleans in 2013, a venue for diverse undergraduate students to discover and expand their leadership capacity and understanding of the use of scientific knowledge and data in ecological recovery ($31,107)
Identifying financial mechanisms to support monitoring of environmental impacts on people and protected areas related to Bolivia's Northern Corridor Project, part of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) Bolivia (55,800 payable over two years)
Funding for indigenous women's participation in a conference at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá on the global water crisis and the role of indigenous women in mitigating the impacts of the crisis on their communities ($27,350)
Training on the rights of indigenous peoples for multilateral banks, UN agencies and officials from countries developing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) projects ($150,000 payable over two years)
Protecting biodiversity on the Juan Fernandez islands of Chile ($150,000 payable over four years)
Shorebird conservation through the development of a land stewardship program to promote improved land management and restoration activities that directly benefit shorebirds, the ecosystem and the people of Chiloe Island, Chile; in collaboration with local partner, El Centro de Estudios y Conservación del Patrimonio Natural (CECPAN) ($80,000 over two years)
MCFA has committed $275,000 in support of bird habitat conservation since 1998.
Promoting sustainable small-scale fisheries in Chile, Peru, and Ecuador ($60,000 payable over three years); Support for marine and coastal conservation by advancing sustainable fishing to reduce turtle bycatch in the Gulf of California ($45,000 payable over three years)
Repairing and upgrading of the Mitsubishi Wild Wetlands Trail, located at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York. ($300,000 over three years)
Funding for the launch of the Rainforest Alliance's Sustainable Tourism Program in Brazil ($100,000 over two years)
MCFA has supported the Rainforest Alliance's sustainable tourism and agricultural programs throughout Latin America since 2005.
Supporting capacity-building for indigenous peoples' engagement with mining operations in the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua, Mexico, with a focus on wastewater management and water treatment ($40,000 over two years)
MCFA has committed $80,000 in support of Tierra Nativa's work in Mexico since 2010.
Support for a program coordinator for the Yosemite Leadership Program, a two year internship program targeting students from underserved and diverse communities from California ($65,000)
Conservation of the Patagonian coast and Southwestern Atlantic Seascape of Argentina ($1,000,000 over four years with continuing support of $50,000 over 2 years)
Supporting the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the North American Salmon Stronghold Conservation Project ($150,000 over three years)
Assessment of animal abundance and diversity in marine habitats through the use of passive acoustic sensors placed in Cape Cod Bay, MA and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Information will be used to designate key areas for fisheries and identify vulnerable areas ($49,270)
Providing support for a two-day summit of Yukon First Nation salmon users to further develop effective fisheries conservation efforts in the Yukon Territory, Canada ($30,000)
The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas sponsors an environmental breakfast series in New York. These breakfasts have been held several times a year since 1993 and they provide an opportunity for environmental organizations and grant-makers to network, learn about funding possibilities and exchange ideas about environmental issues at both the local and international level. Breakfasts have featured topics such as wildlands conservation, environmental justice, animal welfare and environmental markets.
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Officers & Directors
|Tracy L. Austin||Executive Director|
|Joseph Reganato||Program Officer and Secretary|
Board of Directors
Tracy L. Austin
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas
655 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
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