Environmental record – 242 workplaces in campaign

By Todd Cohen

The Environmental Federation of North Carolina raised $561,000 in its 1999 campaign that ended June 30 — $150,000 more than its previous record.

Since it was formed in 1991, the group has raised more than $2 million to support environmental efforts throughout the state.

In the fiscal year just ended, 211 employers generated contributions.

In the Triangle, with 164 employers participating, the federation raised $240,000 through the United Way campaign.

In Charlotte, with 11 employers participating, the campaign raised $13,618.

Funds raised will be distributed among 27 environmental groups that federation members, up from 15 when the federation was formed.

The group is the third-largest environmental federation in the United States in annual fundraising, trailing only the statewide groups in Minnesota and Oregon.

The group raised $398,000 in the campaign that ended a year ago. The goal for the campaign that just ended was $580,000.

Becky Bumgardner, development director of the Triangle Land Conservancy, is president of the federation’s board.

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