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.