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Grantmakers interested in the improving the ecological health of the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways are especially challenged to sort through the tremendous amount of information that is continually produced about this troubled waterway and to determine the role they might play in its restoration and protection.

The Chesapeake Bay Funding Network (CBFN) serves those grantmakers - representatives of private foundations, community foundations, small family foundations, and corporate giving programs - that wish to extend their philanthropy to help support the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and the communities and resources within the broader watershed.

Our current membership is comprised of a diverse group of funders - those that fund very specific geographic areas or environmental issues, and those that are both large and small in terms of giving level and size - throughout the Bay watershed.  CBFN members represented more than $1.1 billion in total assets and gave nearly $100 million annually to a variety of environmental issues in 2010.

Our members serve a wide range of nonprofit organizations that protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, including watershed associations, waterkeepers, environmental advocacy groups, land trusts, and others, by providing grants and technical assistance to help fund their work.