Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come to the EGA Retreat?

EGA members can always attend our events. Nonmembers, as long as they are environmental funders, may attend one Retreat only and then must apply for membership. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Please contact Adam Harms for more detailed information.

How can I get involved in an EGA committee?

We are thrilled to see our members get involved in EGA! Please visit the Member Area / EGA Committees page for more information.

I have some suggestions for your next Retreat. Who should I contact?

The Program Committee (PC) is responsible for creating the Retreat program. We welcome suggestions from our membership, especially through member sponsored sessions. Keep in mind that the PC starts working on the program about a year in advance, and the program is usually finalized by March for the Retreat in the fall. You can also contact colleagues on the Host Committee for suggestions related to recreation and ‘sense of place.’ There is usually a chance to submit ad hoc sessions closer to the event. Please contact Maud Henderson with any questions.

How can I get on the listserv? What gets posted on the listserv?

Staff or trustees from any member foundation may use our email listserv. Please contact Malavika Sahai if you would like to be added to the list. Our listserv is moderated for sharing information or querying peers about news, events, and other topics, but is not for general discussion. You will typically get 1-3 emails per day. Listserv postings do not necessarily reflect the views of EGA staff, board, or full membership.

Can I post something on your website?

Yes! But you must register as a member first. Our resource pages, such as the Peer Library and Member News, have links to use to add information to the page. Your post may be approved in a day or two. We welcome your help in creating a vibrant resource online for our colleagues.

How can I get access to the Member Area of the website? How is the Member Area used?

Staff or trustees from any member foundation can get access to our Member Area. The Member Area is an active database full of links, discussion, and resources from our membership. Contact Adam Harms if you have suggestions about the Member Area.

How can I become an EGA member?

Please check our membership page to learn more about eligibility and the application process. Call us at 212.812.4310 with any questions. Membership applications are reviewed three times a year at EGA Board of Directors meetings, and your completed application needs to be received at least a month before the meeting.

I need a grant. Can you help me?

Unfortunately, EGA does not have the capacity to help grantseekers at this time. We suggest you visit these helpful links.

What is the Environmental Fellows Program?

The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) is a collaborative program and partnership between EGA and The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability's office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This national fellowship, which began in 2016, seeks to diversify the environmental and conservation philanthropic sector by supporting the career aspirations of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

For more information on Environmental Fellows Program, visit our page here and the University of Michigan's page here.

If you have further questions regarding EFP, contact Laura Lemus