About the Foundation

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is a results-driven family foundation that invests in individuals and organizations that drive positive environmental change. Founded in 1986 by Robert and Patricia Switzer, and guided by Robert’s years as a businessman and innovator, support of emerging leaders committed to solving real world environmental problems is the cornerstone of all Switzer Foundation programs.

The Foundation is a grantmaking organization that mobilizes leaders from diverse disciplines who focus on integrated solutions to environmental issues. Through our core program, the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program, and related grants, the Foundation supports a Network of more than 600 Switzer Fellows who are leaders in the nonprofit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors working to solve today’s environmental challenges.

Over $14 million in Fellowships and grants have been awarded since 1986. The Foundation is governed by a seven member board comprised of family members and environmental professionals from non-profit, government, academic and private sectors, reflecting the diversity of the Fellowship itself and the cross-sector approaches needed to effect positive change. Fellows also serve as Trustees and on the Fellows’ Advisory Committee to guide Foundation programs and new approaches.

Spotlight on Leadership

Improving Aquatic Connectivity and Resiliency to Major Storms in the Adirondack Region
It is easy to overlook the pipes and boxes carrying water under our roads, but these parts of our transportation infrastructure can have huge impacts on freshwater health and road safety. 2003 Fellow Jessica Levine is working in the northeastern United States to replace and upgrade road crossings to benefit aquatic species and habitat along with other community goals.Read more >

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