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Environmental Grant Research Consultant

Application Closing Date: 10/10/2023

Tentative Start Date: 10/31/2023

Rate: $20/hour

Location: Remote

Hours: 10-20 hours per week flexible

About Environmental Grantmakers Association 

Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) is a non-profit membership organization made up of over 200 foundations that support people and the planet. Our community of environmental funders represents a diverse range of foundations spanning North America and the globe—including public, community, family, and corporate foundations. In 2021, EGA members gave more than $2 billion dollars domestically and internationally to environmental issues.  

What We Do 

EGA works with members and partners to promote just, effective philanthropy for people and the planet. Our annual convenings, peer learning spaces, and services catalyze our network of environmental funders to be high-impact leaders working together as a force for equitable and sustainable ecosystems, communities, and economies. 

Our Values 

EGA values stewardship, collaboration, transparency, accountability, and equity. Our work is informed by our Racial Equity POV, a collective commitment by EGA’s board, staff, and members, to advance racial equity in environmental philanthropy. Through engaging members on a wide spectrum of environmental issues framed up through the lens of racial equity, EGA is driving the collective power of environmental philanthropy to build a healthy world with just and sustainable communities, economies, and systems. 

More information about EGA can be found at www.ega.org [1]

About Tracking the Field 

EGA’s Tracking the Field database hosts more than 160,000 environmental grants totaling over $20 billion made from 2007 to 2021, with approximately 14,000 new grants added annually. The Tracking the Field report series analyzes grantmaking data from funders to track trends in environmental philanthropy, including grantmaking issue focus, geographic focus, strategy and communities impacted. An executive summary of one of the reports can be accessed at: https://ega.org/sites/default/files/pubs/summaries/EGA_TTF_V7_Summary.WEB4_.pdf [2] 

About the Position 

The Environmental Grant Research Consultant will work with EGA’s Tracking the Field Team to collect, research, code and input grants data into an online searchable database. This role also supports the creation of the Tracking the Field report series and EGA’s other custom data analysis projects. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in exploring a wide span of different environmental issues, understanding the key players in the sector, and diving deep into the trends in environmental philanthropy.  


  • Grants data collection: collect environmental grantmaking data from different sources including IRS 990 forms, grantors’ websites and from funders directly. 
  • Grant tagging and entry: research, code and input grants into an online CiviCRM database using EGA's standard taxonomy, based on the grant description, grantee’s website and other online resources. Each grant will be coded using tags including the issue area impacted, geographic region, communities impacted, etc. 
  • Creating new profiles for grantees in the database, including the grantees' EIN number, website, address, etc. 
  • Grant review & cleaning: assist in grant tagging review and data cleaning as needed. 
  • OPTIONAL: Data analysis and report writing support as needed. Data analysis work includes creating pivot tables in Excel, doing keyword searches, creating calculation formulas, and creating data summary charts. (Based upon satisfactory performance of the primary grant tagging and entry tasks, and depending upon project needs)  
  • This work will be paid at a separate rate of $30 per hour and typically consists of less than 10% of the Consultant’s total hours. 
  • This position involves heavy data entry.  


  • Is pursuing or possessing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field related to environmental studies or philanthropic studies, including Environmental Science, Sustainability, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, International Development, etc.  
  • Demonstrable understanding of a wide range of environmental issues. In-depth knowledge of at least a few environmental issues and related social trends.  
  • Demonstrable qualitative data collection and research skills.  
  • Basic quantitative data analysis skills. Advanced Excel skills is a plus. 
  • Experience ​working ​with databases is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of environmental grantmaking and familiarity with philanthropic data, especially IRS 990 forms is highly desirable. 
  • Highly organized and extremely detail oriented to maintain the consistency and integrity of data.  
  • Strong work ethic ​to​ work independently in a remote setting.  

EGA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from candidates regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, national origin, veteran status, marital status, family responsibilities, or political affiliation. ​


  1. http://www.ega.org/
  2. https://ega.org/sites/default/files/pubs/summaries/EGA_TTF_V7_Summary.WEB4_.pdf

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