November 11, 2019 The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

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Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Dedicates Over $1.4 Million for Environmental Causes

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 /CSRwire/ - At its annual meeting on December 12, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) approved over $900,000 in additional support for environmental causes, including new grants and a roll-over of its $300,000 program-related investment (PRI) in the form of a loan to Root Capital ( The newly approved grants and PRI roll-over, combined with continuing multi-year grants totaling $507,433 bring the aggregate of MCFA’s current grant/PRI portfolio to over $1.4 Million.

The newly approved grants include: $150,000 payable over two years to the Indian Law Resource Center (  for their work securing indigenous rights as a basis for facilitating REDD+ projects;  $150,000 payable over four years to Island Conservation (  to protect biodiversity on the Juan Fernandez islands of Chile; $100,000 over two years to the Rainforest Alliance (  for the launch of their Sustainable Tourism Program in Brazil; $65,000 to University of California at Merced ( for their Yosemite Leadership Program; $50,000 over two years to the Wildlife Conservation Society (, as continuing support for its conservation work on the Patagonian coast of Argentina; $30,132 to the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) ( for their EnvironMentors Program; $30,000 to the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association ( for their efforts to promote effective salmon fisheries conservation; and general support grants of $15,000 to the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) ( and $10,000 to International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) (   MCFA has been an active member of both the EGA and IFIP for many years.

The MCFA board also ratified continuing grants to the following organizations: New York Botanical Garden for the Mitsubishi Wild Wetlands Trail; Amazon Conservation Association for the promotion of ecotourism in the Manu Cloud Forest in Peru;  Wild Salmon Center for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Stronghold Partnership; American Bird Conservancy for community-based conservation in Colombia; National Audubon Society for critical bird habitat conservation in Chile and Panama; E+Co for solar/hydro training workshops in Central America; and Tierra Nativa for community-based environmental education for indigenous pueblos affected by mining in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The $300,000 PRI in Root Capital, initially made in 2009, will provide financing for rural businesses engaged in sustainable development in Latin America, and represents MCFA’s continued commitment to mission-related investing.      


The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, based in New York City was established 1991 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation.  Since its establishment, the Foundation has dedicated more than $6.7 million to environmental causes throughout the Americas.  For more information, Contributions for Europe and Africa are made by the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa, which has contributed over $3.5 million to environmental conservation, education and research since 1992. For more information, please visit To view the press releases on our homepage, please visit  or

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Tracy Austin Executive Director
Phone: 212-605-2121
Joseph Reganato Program Officer
Phone: 212-605-2314

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