John Cracknell

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Jon Cracknell: Director, JMG Foundation

"Jon manages the Goldsmith family’s grant-making, most of which supports environmental campaigning. He is trust secretary of The Ecology Trust and has been heavily involved in the Environmental Funders Network and similar networks outside the UK." [1]

"Jon has worked with the family of the late Sir James Goldsmith since 1993, and has managed the family's environmental grant-making and other philanthropy since 1998. A political sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge, with a Masters in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, Jon has worked on environmental issues for seventeen years.

"He is currently the director of the JMG Foundation, which funds environmental campaigns on a range of issues, including climate change. Since 2003 Jon has helped the Goldsmith family to set up three other grant-making structures, all funding environmental initiatives, primarily in Europe. He manages these day-to-day in addition to the JMG Foundation.

"In 2003 Jon helped set up the Environmental Funders Network in the UK ( which he coordinates on a part-time basis. The network brings together 80 foundations that fund on conservation and environmental issues. Jon has co-authored three detailed reports (the Where The Green Grants Went series) analysing environmental grant-making patterns and the sources of income for environmental groups in the UK.

"He has also been actively engaged in the US Environmental Grantmakers Association since 1998, serving on the EGA Board since February 2008, and on the steering committee of the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization since its inception in 1999." [1]

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  1. Environment 2009, Sheila McKechnie Foundation, accessed January 12, 2011.
  2. Unchecked About, organizational web page, accessed November 3, 2019.