Daily Kos today declared Bernie Madoff public enemy No. 1 for progressives not only because of his alleged Ponzi Scheme swindling, but also because he will instantly result in a loss of funding for hundreds of progressive organizations - some of which were doing environmental work. Madoff controlled the funds of the JEHT Foundation, a major source of grants for organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the ACLU. According to a statement from President and CEO Robert Crane, the foundation will close its doors next month. Virtually all of its grants will be cancelled.
There were several organizations that were doing environmental work supported by the JEHT, and may be affected. They are:
The Center for International Environmental Law, which had a grant supporting the implementation of a framework for democratizing international environmental disputes.
For a full list of grants from the JEHT, click here.
Corrected 12/17/08: A previous version of this post stated that a JEHT grant covered the Center for Investigative Reporting's environmental research. It is a general operating grant.