How We’re Funded

Volunteer Labor

EDGI relies upon the work of volunteers across all of our operations. We are also grateful for funding which helps us offer compensation for some of the work, and reimbursement for some of our operations. You can support our efforts through tax-deductible sustaining donations here.

Fiscal Sponsorship

EDGI is fiscally sponsored by Multiplier, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports projects that are turning game-changing ideas into planet-saving impact.

Current Support


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation


April 2018 - June 2021

$500,000  “Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) General Support”

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) is using this funding to continue and expand its very successful work in archiving federal environmental data, monitoring and reporting on changes in federal websites involving environmental issues, interviewing past and present staff of EPA and other agencies, producing analyses of federal environmental reports and rules changes, publishing lay and academic articles on federal environmental concerns, and working with data justice organizations to develop new democratic approaches to environmental data production, access, and use, as well as additional general organizational support.

Proposal Developers: Phil Brown, Michelle Murphy, Nick Shapiro, Raymond Cha

Organizational Coordinator: Aparna Sundar

Community Coordinator: Kevin Nguyen

Web Monitoring Project Lead: Gretchen Gehrke

Web Monitoring Software Developer: Jason Sherman

Archiving Project Manager: Kelsey Breseman

Grant Coordinator: Stephanie Knutson


October 2018 - September 2019

$35,200 “Organizational Effectiveness Grant”

This project involves working to build more organizational effectiveness within EDGI, including working with two consultants with complementary skills. Zulakya Santiago of Libélula Consulting is focusing on EDGI’s internal structure and Susanne Moser is focusing on EDGI’s external relationships with many different audiences and types of organizations. This funding also supported a two-day in-person meeting of EDGI’s core membership.

Proposal Developers: Phil Brown, Gretchen Gehrke, Stephanie Knutson, Susanne Moser, Zulayka Santiago, Aparna Sundar, Sara Wylie

Organizational Effectiveness Consultants: Libélula Consulting, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting

Grant Coordinator: Stephanie Knutson


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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

EDGI’s work is funded in part by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


June 2018 - May 2020

$200,000 “Archiving, Monitoring, and Ensuring the Accessibility of Federal Environmental Data: Support for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative”

This grant will be used to promote access to government data and information, refine assessments of data vulnerability, and promote social and environmental justice movement building.

Proposal Developers: Nick Shapiro, Stephanie Knutson, Phil Brown, Ray Cha, Lindsey Dillon, Matt Price, Dawn Walker, Sara Wylie

Community Coordinator: Kevin Nguyen

Archiving Project Manager: Kelsey Breseman

Web Monitoring System Administrator: Jonathan Buys

Grant Coordinator: Stephanie Knutson


Individual Donations

Our work is made possible through grants and direct tax-deductible donations from the public.


In-kind resources:

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Previous Support

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, with Climate Central

May 2017 - June 2018

$97,020 “Collaborative Website Monitoring, Analysis, and Strategic Communications to Protect Science Infrastructure Under the Trump Administration”

Climate Central is partnering with The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) to comprehensively assess which government-based climate science resources (including databases) are threatened and to establish a model and plan for ongoing monitoring and strategic communications that protect vital scientific infrastructure.

EDGI Proposal Developers: Andrew Bergman, Toly Rinberg, Sara Wylie, Rebecca Lave, Nick Shapiro

Remote Project Manager: Raymond Cha, Weather Pattern, LLC

Grant Coordinators: Stephanie Knutson, Nick Shapiro


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March 2017 - September 2017

$50,000, “Environmental Data and Governance Initiative”

This grant provided funding for three of EDGI’s core working groups: archiving, website monitoring, and interviewing.

Proposal Developers: Nick Shapiro, Michelle Murphy, Sara Wylie

Contractors: Andrew Bergman, Rob Brackett, Toly Rinberg

Working Group Coordinators: Brendan O’Brien, Matt Price, Dawn Walker, Chris Sellers, Toly Rinberg

Project Directors: Nick Shapiro, Stephanie Knutson