Once again the Park Foundation, a philanthropic organization started by famed media mogul Roy Park, continues to fund anti-drilling activities. The latest example is the announcement of nearly $6 million in new grants from the Park Foundation. Nearly $3.3 million are scholarships for Ithaca College students, class of 2017. Just over a half million dollars will go to organizations, projects and programs in Tompkins County.
In Tompkins County, the grants ranged from $3,000 up to $90,000. The largest grant [$90,000] went to Social Ventures for ongoing support of Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Minigrant Program, Finger Lakes Energy Challenge, Finger Lakes Climate Fund, and general support, according to the Foundation.*
So the biggest grant to a private organization went to Sustainable Tompkins, which launched the Marcellus Challenge, an attempt to enact a statewide ban on fracking. Yessiree, Roy’s money being put to good use there.
*Ithaca Journal (Mar 30, 2012) – Park Foundation announces nearly $6M in grants