Melinda Gray Ardia
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation was founded in April 1996 to continue the work of Melinda Gray Ardia.
Melinda Gray Ardia was a biologist, an environmental activist, and a middle school science teacher in Newark, NY. She died in an automobile accident in January 1996. Melinda's dedication, creativity and enthusiasm inspired her family and colleagues to create the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation to continue her work.
We are a Private Operating Foundation, run by a Board of Directors made up of family members and environmental professionals that set both financial and program policy. We have taken a conservative strategy on both fronts.
Financially, we have tried to grow our endowment so that we can continue to impact environmental education for longer than any of our lifetimes.
Our disbursements to programs have been made from interest and income generated from our investments and the sale of note cards and t-shirts. Programmatically, we have tried to grow slowly so that we make each decision thoughtfully with Melinda's ideals and the ability to make a difference in mind.
Through this conservative strategy we have ensured that your donations build our endowment and will provide lasting impacts beyond the face value of your gift.