Giving Circle

"I just renewed my Giving Circle pledge for another 3 years. I think of my support of WEA as an investment, not as a donation. It's an investment in building a world I want to live in. I want to look our children and their children in the eyes and tell them that I did what I could when the future of the planet was hanging in the balance. WEA makes it possible for me to do that."
— Ari Derfel, WEA Giving Circle Member

The dedicated support of these individuals and families allows us to dream.

We invite you to join the WEA Giving Circle – our vision keepers, who stand in solidarity with this vital work by contributing $1,500 – 150,000 each year for three years.

Launched by author and environmentalist, Julia Butterfly Hill who wanted to see a community of committed individuals completely underwrite WEA’s operational costs  WEA’s Giving Circle is now over 50 people strong. For the last several years, our Giving Circle has covered 100% of our operational costs, allowing us to focus the needed energy on our programmatic work.

WEA’s history has been defined by this Giving Circle, whose multi-year support allows us to be responsive, visionary and bold. Some give monthly, others give annually, but each individual contributes anywhere between $1,500 and $150,000 each year for 3 years. Giving Circle members receive special updates and opportunities to directly connect with our grassroots colleagues, as well as a chance to gather at our Giving Circle Dinner.

“What first spoke to us was that what WEA was creating was so simple, so effective, so necessary! We saw how our financial support of WEA is directly translated into action and measurable achievement. We are also enriched in return by our warm and deep connections to the people of WEA. Each of them we have come to know personally has taken us in as partners and confidants. We continually receive the gift of passion, inspiration, compassion and the honest confidence that grass roots work like this can change lives and our earth for the better. We’re supporting WEA for the long haul.” 

— Marcy & Taylor Pattinson, Mother & Daughter Members


WEA Giving Circle Members (past and present):

Amy MacClain

Anodea Judith

Ari Derfel

Barbara Loebel

Ben Schick

Camden Richards & Josh Dickensen

Carlos Magana

Catriona MacGregor

Chris Lindstrom

Christine Christiansen

Cristina Garcia Rivas & John Zimmer

Curt & Kirsten Hill

Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Deborah Koons Garcia

Debra Fox

Denise Lussier & Michael Bock

Elizabeth Gordon

Elizabeth Oler

Eloise, Amy & Ann Christensen

Eric Fenster

Frannie Roche & Michael Mitrani

Gail Wright

Heidi Locke Simon

Ina & Fred Pockrass

Jain Wager & Steven Stone

Jan Pool & Jay Stecher

Jenny Overman & Ben Ringler

Jennifer & Jay Wood

Jennifer & Steve Dimas

Jeyakrishnan Balasubramanian

John Dichiara

John Roulac

Jon Rubenstein & Karin Swann

Joseph Carter

Julia Butterfly Hill

Kathleen McIntire

Kirana Miller

Kristina Flanagan

Kristy Clements

Laura Belzer

Laura Loescher

Lillian Riesenfeld

Lori Park

Lynn Murphy

Lynne & Bill Twist

Marci Shimoff

Marcy Taylor Pattinson

Mary & Stan Friedman

Mary Elizabeth Young

Moira Wilmes & Denni Harp

Molly Singer

Monica & Peter Walsh

Nadine Weil

Nancy Schaub

Ralph Diamond

Randy Goldstein

Robyn & Martin Shore

Samantha Shakti

Sandra Slater

Sarah Garrett

Savitri Burbank

Simmone La Corte & Nicholas Heldfond

Sofieya Zsadara

Stacey Frost & Damien Newman

Stacey Lawson

Stephanie Bernstein-Joffe

Steven Greene

Taylor Pattinson

Tovya Wager & Harry McKellop

Victor Kazanjian