Capital Campaign

We are thrilled to launch a $1.15 million capital campaign to build on our work protecting communities and the environment around the world. ELAW’s capital campaign aims to meet three needs:
1) securing ELAW’s new office
2) building the ELAW Fellows Program
3) enhancing ELAW’s Defending Defenders Program.
“Securing a permanent home for ELAW is a great way to launch our next 25 years of protecting communities and wild places around the globe. Thanks to ELAW’s generous supporters for making that work possible."
– Bern Johnson, ELAW Executive Director
ELAW's New Home & Sustainability Fund
For our first 24 years, ELAW U.S. worked from a cramped, hidden office that we rented in Eugene. After years of searching, we found the perfect home for ELAW in a beautiful 100 year-old historic Eugene landmark at 1412 Pearl Street. We are improving the building. Thanks to generous support from the University of Oregon's Solarize U program, ELAW installed donated 3.5 KW solar panels on the roof of our new office in 2016. The capital campaign will pay for the building and support needed repairs and maintenance. Reaching our campaign goal will enable us to devote more resources to ELAW’s high impact work around the world.
ELAW's New Home & Sustainability Fund
For our first 24 years, ELAW U.S. worked from a cramped, hidden office that we rented in Eugene. After years of searching, we found the perfect home for ELAW in a beautiful 100 year-old historic Eugene landmark at 1412 Pearl Street. We are improving the building. Thanks to generous support from the University of Oregon's Solarize U program, ELAW installed donated 3.5 KW solar panels on the roof of our new office in 2016. The capital campaign will pay for the building, and support needed repairs and maintenance. Reaching our campaign goal will enable us to devote more resources to ELAW’s high impact work around the world.
ELAW Fellowships
Since 1991, ELAW has hosted more than 175 environmental professionals from roughly 60 countries around the world. ELAW Fellows are committed environmental and human rights advocates who help the world’s most disadvantaged communities protect the environment through law. ELAW Fellows come to the United States to receive one-on-one support for their advocacy work back home. They gain skills, and we learn as much from them as they learn from us.
"As a young attorney, my ELAW Fellowship was instrumental in reaffirming my commitment to address environmental issues in Honduras. The skills I learned make me a stronger environmental advocate for my country, and help me support my ELAW colleagues around the world challenging the common issues communities face in defending their right to a healthy planet.“
-Laura Palmese, Honduras

More advocates are requesting ELAW Fellowships than we can support. The capital campaign enables us to build our Fellows Program, so we can bring more environmental heroes to the U.S., and help them gain the skills they need to protect communities and ecosystems for years to come.

ELAW Defending Defenders
All over the world, we are seeing increasing threats against environmental and human rights advocates. These threats trample human rights, harm innocent people, undercut the rule of law, and jeopardize efforts to build a sustainable future. These trends are alarming, as ELAW partners are facing more threats. ELAW works with our partners to push back against these threats, and helps elevate their profiles internationally to protect them. The capital campaign will enhance our work with ELAW partners to prevent physical, legal, and digital attacks.
ELAW Defending Defenders
All over the world, we are seeing increasing threats against environmental and human rights advocates. These threats trample human rights, harm innocent people, undercut the rule of law, and jeopardize efforts to build a sustainable future. These trends are alarming, as ELAW partners are facing more threats. ELAW works with our partners to push back against these threats, and helps elevate their profiles internationally to protect them. The capital campaign will enhance our work with ELAW partners to prevent physical, legal, and digital attacks.
“As an ELAW Director, I know ELAW does great, high impact work. Climate change may be the most pressing issue of our time, and ELAW is on the front lines helping defeat coal around the globe. . . I’m thrilled to invest in ELAW’s future by supporting the capital campaign.”
- Scott Pope, ELAW Director