Bus Riders' Union Funding
Researched by Dana Gabbard, 213.388.2364
Additional links researched by Kymberleigh Richards
(last revision 2/4/11)

In most cases these funds actually were awarded to the Labor/Community Strategy Center on behalf of its Bus Riders project; often not directly to the BRU but on behalf of various environmental justice purposes. We note that most foundations only awarded grants to the LCSC for one or two years and that in recent years only the Liberty Hill Foundation has provided funding.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
1st Quarter 1996: $10,000

California Consumers Protection Foundation
1999: $15,000

Greenville Foundation
Human and Social Issues Grants 1996-97: $10,000

James Irvine Foundation
Grants for Sustainable Communities 1996: $100,000

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
1990-1997: $250,000 (cumulative total)
1998: $35,000

Liberty Hill Foundation
Environmental Justice Fund
1998: $15,000
1999: $25,000
2000: $25,000
2001: $25,000
2002: $70,000 *
2003: $35,000 *
2004: $35,000 *
2005: $30,000 *
2006: $30,000 (second year of two-year grant)
2008: $32,500
2010: $50,000
(* - Plus $35,000 in 2002, $30,000 in 2003 and $20,000 in both 2004 and 2005 from the Fund for a New Los Angeles)

Nathan Cummings Foundation
1996: $20,000 (communications)
1996: $45,000 (billions for buses)
1997-98: $100,000 (billions for buses)
1997: $18,000 (advocacy for overcrowding reduction, purchase of new clean fuel buses)
1999: $40,000 (long range plan)
2000-2002: $110,000 (advocacy for the purchase of buses, hiring of new MTA drivers and mechanics, retirement of diesel buses)

Public Welfare Foundation
1994: $60,000
1995: $50,000
1996: $40,000

San Francisco Foundation
Fiscal Year 1995/96: $50,000

Turner Foundation
energy 1996-1998: amount unknown (prior to 1999, Turner Foundation did not list grant amounts on its website)
energy 1999: $100,000

The acknowledgments in "A New Vision for Urban Transportation" (Strategy Center Publications, 1996) lists the following foundations:
Surdna Foundation
Bauman Family Foundation
Public Welfare Foundation
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Veatch Foundation
McKay Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Wellspring Fund
Fund of the Four Directions
Beldon Fund
Turner Foundation
Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Florence and John Schumann Foundation
Ruth Mott Fund
French American Charitable Trust
California Consumer Protection Foundation
Private donor Anne Hess


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