Grantees

The Foundation has awarded seven grants to date, beginning in 2009.
 

2016

Central Washington University Energy Institute – Dr. Elvin Delgado

The Foundation awarded a grant to the Central Washington University Institute for Integrated Energy Studies and Dr. Elvin Delgado to conduct a comparative analysis of the socio-economic determinants shaping the creation of laws and policies in favor or against hydraulic fracturing activities in the United States and Argentina.

2015

Central Washington University Energy Institute – Dr. Elvin Delgado

The Foundation again awarded a grant to the Central Washington University Institute for Integrated Energy Studies and Dr. Elvin Delgado to complete a second visit to Argentina in order to increase the sample size of interviews as well as to expand the breadth and depth of archival work.

2014

Central Washington University Energy Institute – Dr. Elvin Delgado

The Foundation a grant to the Central Washington University Institute for Integrated Energy Studies and Dr. Elvin Delgado to explore the political ecology and political economy of hydraulic fracturing in the Vaca Muerta shale deposits located in the Neuqué basin in Argentina. Dr. Delgado will conduct exploratory research, identify archives, meet with and confirm research collaborators, and test a pilot study. He will also be interviewing government officials, professionals in the field, scientists, environmental activists, and local community members. Dr. Delgado plans to publish his manuscripts in scientific peer reviewed journals.

2013

Solar Hydrogen Trends

The Foundation awarded a grant to Solar Hydrogren Trends to aid in their development of a prototype hydrogen reactor.
You can learn more about their prototype at http://solarhydrogentrends.com.

2012

Integrity Institute

The foundation has awarded a grant to The Integirity Institute for development of sustainable corporate performance metrics.

2011

Central Washington University Entrepreneurship Institute

The Foundation is working with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE) and Central Washington University in order to enhance the abilities of grantees to pursue commercial applications for their ideas. The program was headed by Dr. Roy Savoian who retired as the Dean of the College of Business to take on leadership of the I4IE. The Foundation’s participation in University programs places Central Washington University in the distinctive position of being both a grantee and a research partner. The Institute shares the Foundation’s goal of assisting scientists and engineers in developing creative and innovative ideas that improve the quality of life for all.

2010

The Cheetah Conservation Fund – Janie Zencak

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), located in Otjiwarango, Namibia, aids in research and education on cheetahs and how they react with their ecosystems, in particular human ecosystems. Some of the CCF’s activities include training guard dogs, helping farmers to recognize and control wildlife conflicts, caring for orphaned cheetahs and constructing and operating a predator friendly goat creamery. CCF has received assistance with cheese production through the support of the Foundation, which sent Janie and Victoria Zencak to Namibia in January 2011 to train the CCF staff in making goat cheese.

2009

Dr. Rajendra Niraula

Dr. Niraula is interested in increasing the efficacy of the construction industry internationally, but particularly in developing countries where formal dispute adjudication and arbitration systems are not in place. He feels that the majority of project construction in the future will be managed by multinational parties in countries that are foreign to them, and that a standardized system of approaching graft, arbitration, labor disputes and other large project issues is essential to bringing third world countries the civic infrastructure that is essential to their growth.