Environmental Activism Program Attracts Major Gift

The Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program, a cutting-edge master’s degree curriculum, has attracted a $75,000 donation through the New Hampshire Charitable Fund. Program Director Steven Chase said the major gift will allow for some “financial breathing room while we enrich the program and renew recruitment efforts for the next three years.”

Although the donor has chosen anonymity, Chase had solicited the donation and says it comes from the donor’s “deep commitment to the goals of the program, affection for Antioch, trust, and belief in the training of activists.”  He called the gift “incredible and timely.”

Now three years old, the progressive program operates within Antioch New England’s prestigious Department of Environmental Studies. The two-year course of study offers transformative education that links the worlds of scholarship and activism. Graduates earn a Master’s in Environmental Studies under the tutelage of scientists, advocacy practitioners, and activists-in-residence. They focus on scientific eco-literacy, big-picture political analysis, vision, and strategy, as well as organizational leadership skills and personal growth and life skills.

This recent gift reflects one individual’s dedication to protecting the environment. The New Hampshire Charitable Fund works with donors, such as this one, to manage their giving through a range of services, from legal advice to maintaining anonymity. In this case, NHCF will administer the distribution of funds.

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