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Causes: Arts & Culture, Environment, Environmental Education, Journalism, Media & Communications

Mission: Our mission is to publish environmental news and commentary, spiked with a sense of humor and designed to motivate readers to take action on behalf of the environment.Half of our core readers are in their 20s and 30s, an audience that too often has not engaged with environmental organizations. Grist's readers include the heads of many environmental organizations, leading environmental scientists, congressional staffers, educators, students, journalists, grassroots activists, and people around the world who care about conservation but don't necessarily identify themselves as environmentalists. Millions of individuals are exposed to our work.

Target demographics: fight against climate change

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 million reader per month become more informed about the environmental issues that impact the planet.

Geographic areas served: Seattle

Programs: daily environmental journalism, a strong fellowship program and in-depth reporting of environmental issues across the United States and the globe.

Community Stories

559 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

Before giving to this organization, I would recommend reading the employee reviews on Glassdoor: http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Grist-Reviews-E298868.htm

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Of all the charities I support, I believe that my contributions are most effective at Grist. I could benefit from grist.org whether or not I was a contributor, but I feel that Grist benefits from grass-roots supporters like me, who are the site's primary audience. I am part of the Grist community as a reader, and sense that I am like immediate family as a result of my contribution

Donor

Rating: 5

As a longtime reader of Grist, I feel that my donations to them are really just money that I owe them for all of their amazing journalism and advocacy, and for the energy that they inject into the green movement. I have made donations in response to their appeals, but also in response to reading an awesome article. Sometimes I make a gift to get whatever cool giveaway they have, but most of the time it is simply because I am thankful for all that they do and I want to ensure that they stay around.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grist is my go-to website for breaking and in-depth reporting on all matters environmental. They are especially useful in providing a deeper and more contextual look that is not partisan or knee-jerk, but thoughtful and smart (with a very healthy dose of hilarious). Grist is my one-stop shop for all news environmental--and even environmental takes on seemingly "unrelated" news. And Ask Umbra is my mentor, whether she knows it or not :)

Frantique1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Grist has been a vital source for educating the public about issues of great impact to our world and its wildlife and human populations. It routinely brings issues to our attention that often are not addressed in the typical media outlet such as radio, internet and TV and if so is given only a cursory mention with no details or discussion - which is what is needed. Grist is an excellent investigative resource and I will continue to recommend and utilize this organization for up to date and critical review and explaination of serious issues that our country must address. I thank them for their relentless search for the truth as well as their campaigns to urge readers to get involved in resolution of issues facing our great country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grist has a wealth of information regarding health and environmental issues which is cutting edge and timely. I have been reading their website daily for as long as I can remember. Also, I have referred many friends and family who also discuss the issues addressed on this site. It saves time and is accurate. I look forward to their e-mails and read them thoroughly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is my favorite source for up-to-date and breaking environmental news. It's competent, comprehensive, and best of all, written with wit and humor.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is my favorite source for up-to-the-minute, accurate, informative, and witty news on environmental issues. I recommend their Daily Grist environmental newsletter highly!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist is useful to me every single day, keeping me informed on the latest environmental news and thinking. And it's always interesting. My day wouldn't be complete without Grist.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My life wouldn't be complete without Grist's insightful. thorough and high quality reporting.

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Monika M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Over the past year, my appreciation of Grist's reporting has diminished to the point where I stopped subscribing to the newsletter. I still check the website occasionally for articles that may be of interest. However, it bothers me that many of the articles I read are somewhat spiteful of other viewpoints. Though that many be a good way to appease hardcore fans, it doesn't help bring burgeoning environmentalists into the fold. It also reflects the "anti" characterization that society is giving to environmentalists today. While we do need to remain strong and keep fighting for the environment, we also need to be careful to not create divisions between environmentalists and people who can help us (e.g. people interested in social justice, politicians, etc.).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is a great publication that provides daily information on a HUGE variety of environmental topics. On top of all the work they do researching and writing informative articles, they maintain a positive outlook that gives readers hope and inspires them to continue working toward a clean, healthy environment that benefits the planet and all the people on it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Grist continues clever, funny, pithy, focussed, and entertaining. We need humor to help us fathom the unfathomable gulf between serious science pronouncements and self-centered head-inthe-sand consumer/government behavior in response thereto. Grist Magazine has used every clever headline in the lexicon already, but there must be more, as they come up with them every day. I'm involved in a number of not-for-profit projects and organizations, many in the environmental arena. Grist remains my favorite source for news and politics - EVEN BETTER than Jon Stewart and The Daily Show (which I've never seen since I don't have a television).

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Donor

Rating: 4

GRIST manages to find several stories about the environmental movement EVERY DAY to send to us. Each is headlined with a witty punny intro. GRIST is irreverent, resourceful, clever, factual, suspicious, skeptical, and pithy.

Their in-depth articles and videos on how to live a "green" life with every-day suggestions from deodorant to doorstops are entertaining and practical.

Our family is proud to support this wise, fun, far-reaching, creative web-operation and thank their staff for their excellent work.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great way to receive information about the environment including politics and business in an entertaining way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Grist has been great at keeping me in the loop about what environmental issues are current. An advise column has helped me make wise choices for daily living. And the humor goes a long way to keep the information from being all doom and gloom.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the few mass emails that I look forward to receiving. Always informative and always manages to provoke a smile or two.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy reading Grist articles because they are well written and help me make healthy choices for my body and my world. I am a better consumer and more informed voter because of Grist.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grist's eco witty, groovy or edgy pre-headline before every main headline soooooo nurtures my witty, groovy or edgy head-life. Then the articles either go deep to show the team how to go deep for our sweet earth, or they cheer us on so we can all be a bit more chipper when we are doing our sometimes painful or gristy work for our sweet mother earth.

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Ian T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I receive news from Grist every day and consider it to be an indispensible resource for me professionally. It covers topics more than mainstream press and in fact has become a go to source, breaking stories later covered by the Post, Times, etc. And, it is wickedly amusing. I absolutely love the Grist.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GRIST does the best job of environmental reporting and they do it with compassion and humor. I read their weekly newsletter online without fail and I have donated to environmental causes because of their spotlight on the issue. I'm a huge fan! M Barbour Columbia, CA 95310

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Funny and informative at the same time on a wide range of environmental issues. Gives me info I don't think I'd find anywhere else. Ask Umbra can be hilarious as well as thought provoking!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


I've always been interested in the environment and Conserving Resources.

I've had Grist for years now and am always pleased to be up to date as best i can about issues. In particular, i like to know about trends in the auto industry with new advances and what other folks are up to in other countries.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Grist provides concise journalistic interpretation of relevant environmental issues. Their independence lends credibility to their reporting. When my economy improves, Grist will benefit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5



I recently retired after working 37 years at a University, in St. Paul,MN.
I've always been interested in Ecology and Conserving Resources and
ReCycling.

I subscribed to GRIST and have found it to be a good source of information on all my favorite interests! I even forward some items to
my daughter in California, since she is an Environmentalist!

Grist Brightens my day...and I hope it will continue for years and years!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed reading Grist for years. It is a wonderful way to learn about multiple and multi-faceted issues which are near and dear to my heart. Reading Grist allows me to be informed and branch into issues that I may not have been thinkiing of, but that are so important to our environment, our knowledge of business practices, what is safe for consumers and SO much more.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great writing and good humor even when the subject matter gets depressing... News about food and connection to the environment is really informative, often disturbing -- I don't know anywhere else you could find this kind of stuff. Some good articles about bikes in cities have been in there too.

Just as an aside, my dentist told me that his son was a writer for the Grist -- that improved my smile for a few days!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have to say I have followed Grist for a few years but today I found myself rolling on the floor with the great article by Jess Zimmerman. If it wasn't so funny it would not be Grist -with the clear and present danger of the real news stories. Well done Grist- mill out that news as always with the best on the net for truth in the newz.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of the Grist. I get the daily edition, and always enjoy the selection of news, opinions, and discussions that get posted. Grist balances news and forums wonderfully- I absolutely recommend the Grist to any environmentalist.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grist has been my go-to place to read enviro-news and find out how I can live a greener life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is always there when I need good information about the environment, about food safety or advise on bringing it all together. The beautiful part is the sense of humor that makes scary news easier to read and to understand.

I started reading Grist 4 years ago and never looked back. I have to check their website at least once a day.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is a door that opens and lets us see the world. The real world. I always look forward to the emails I receive and it would take too long to express myself. Grist enriches us all.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I host a green talk radio show every Saturday, I write a bi-weekly newsletter, I have a facebook fan page called Mrs. Green's World, a website all about sustainability and I tweet. I need good, reliable informative content. I rely on Grist to provide me with good ideas, research I can count on and information to share with my listeners and readers.

I am a total fan and Umbra wanna be because she provides information to the general public in a fun, informative and sometimes outrageous way. A perfect example is her video on saving water.

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Morton G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been reading Grist for years and as a result have been able to keep up with green developments both good and bad. It doesn't hurt that they include a dose of humor. I have alerted several young people to Grist and though I'm not sure of how much influence it exerted, they have become very involved in green activities in work and school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With entertaining wordsmithing, Grist manages to entertain me and educate me at the same time on issues that directly impact the health of the planet and my health as an individual. Grist exposes false advertizing, encourages cleaner/smarter living through higher options and better choices, points out inconsistencies in public policies dealing with polution, plus so much more. I learn something new and very helpful to me with every edition. I've searched out an electric provider that uses renewable resources. I've changed the way I shop for produce. I've started walking more and seek out public transportation when it's available. I share links to the site with friends on a regular basis. Grist has changed my life for the better. Please give them the recognition they deserve.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Grist is really impressive. There's a lot of good, up to date information, delivered in a timely manner. It doesn't drip with guilt laden mumbo jumbo. It informs and educates as well as suggests courses of action which are possible, as solutions.

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Jennifer B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I look forward to my Daily Grist newsletter, which is always filled with up-to-date, well-researched stories regarding the environment and related issues. Almost daily, I share a story with others, pursue an issue by contacting a company or elected official, or use what I have learned in decision-making about lifestyle or consumer behavior.
I love the positive attitude and consider Grist to be an essential part of being an informed citizen of planet Earth.

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Marcie B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seriously talented journalists who dig deep to get to the bottom of each story, and often with enough humor and/or finesse to make the reader feel comfortable, esp. with tough subjects.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Grist keeps me up to date on green issues so easily and so enjoyably. The range of topics is perfect, in my opinion, from geen cities, to bicycles, to issues affecting organic farmers. Ask Umbra summarizes issues around topics you would not have time to investigate on your own - such as what klnd of cat litter is best for the envionment. Her recipes are terrific: even my grandchildren like the kale chips! And so often I come across an article in Grist that I know will interest someone else in my family or among my friends. It is easy to e-mail them a copy. Best of all, the writers are thoughtful and well informed. And they always cite their rpimary sources.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist does an outstanding job of collecting and synthesizing the major environmental newsworthy stories every day, and providing a link to the source of the story. This useful service is an excellent help in keeping current on a broad array of environmental issues.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like the fun stories too, love TreeShagger! It isn't ALL doom and gloom!

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Kevin B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is an indispensable resource for news, ideas, and insights regarding environmental policy. It keeps me up-to-date and is one of my most important sources for my own writing on the topic.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic website. Tons of stories at a glance and easy to access.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This is the only site that keeps current problems right in my students faces where they belong.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Grist Magazine! I get so much of my information from them because even though it's an environmental magazine, I still think their articles are fair. They give the straight facts, then put the environmental "twist" to the article. I'm always telling people about this magazine, and I think it's catching on.
Thanks Grist!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this site. The topics are always interesting and informative

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I depend on Grist for great policy analysis of climate initiatives, as well as strong context for other environmental policy and practice.

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Patricia H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this site. I have learned things here that I never knew - and I am fairly well read. They give me references to documents that I can go to for more information - primary resources, so I know the info is the best it can be. Plus they do it with humor which is something many history professors could learn. LOL. If I provided specific examples I'd be here all day as I've been reading them for years. Suffice it to say I appreciate their knowledgable, well researched, well written articles that help me make decisions on things going on in this world.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GRIST Rocks!

I wish I had the time to read it every day and follow every single link. I've read GRIST off and on for at least ten years. Their ability to simplify complex environmental issues, and bring out information that standard news outlets skip is critical.

The well crafted writing and humor helps soften what usually ends up pissing me off. (e.g., Can you say, approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa?)

I can't tell you how many times I HAVE followed a link on GRIST and ended up with really great data, information I can use to start political arguments, etc.

Read GRIST if you want to be part of the well-informed public.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Grist, and have for years, since before their newsletters were HTML formatted. Even just the text was good, pithy environmental news I needed to have on a daily basis. It still is. I love the good writing, timely subjects and constant hilarity and levity. Thanks for providing me with grist.
Elizabeth

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Samuel S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a foundation, a proud funder of Grist, and I have had the opportunity to get to know them well as an organization over the past two years. Grist provides to the average reader unparalled coverage of current environmental events, and environmental issues on the horizon, and does so with humor and insight. If Grist were to disappear, the information they disseminate would not reach as wide an audience, and the fight for our environment would suffer exponentially.

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Micaela T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really enjoy reading Grist, it's one of my favorite discoveries of 2010! I find information and writing on their site that I don't find anywhere else on most of the issues that concern me -- environmental awareness, food supply/agriculture, responsible activism.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grist is a great format to get a quick glimpse daily at what is going on environmentally in our world. It is written with humor and wit, and with links to provide more depth, if you want to find out more. I highly recommend signing up for their daily newsletter. It is a quick, interesting and humorous read.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been receiving Grist's daily email every day since it began in 1999. I depend on it to keep me hip (and punny) in the environmental world. The headlines, like "Sometimes Cheetah's Do Prosper," tickle my funny bone in just the right spot. Thanks Grist!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist offers "green" news on a huge variety of things. I have learned a lot from the website and really admire the dedication and knowledge of the staff. They don't limit themselves to on type of analysis. One example of great knowledge is when ask Umbra does research on such things as lightbulbs, washing dishes.... fun.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GRIST helps its readers to stay in touch with a vast variety of issues and subjects. One simply couldn't even attempt to try and stay current without their tireless reporting of stories both big and small. I recommend them to everyone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grist is the best environmental blog out there. I subscribe to multiple of their email alerts and am confident that I am keeping on top of the most important environmental issues. It is a vital asset to our community.

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Jessica L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is a wonderful online eviromental news magazine. They provide great coverage of the latest environmental news and they also have terrific commentary. I rely on Grist for much of my current knowledge of the state of our global environment. Occasionally some of the ads they run are annoying, however, I see the necessity for revenue since Grist is a free magazine. I would be willing to pay for the magazine to make sure Grist stays solvent. This is a great resource and a great service. Thanks, Grist!!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I so appreciate all the information I get from Grist. It is entertaining as well as educational. I can trust what I read and it has helped me to make better choices in my daily life. All of this plus a sense of humor!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Grist provides comprehensive coverage of environmental concerns along with something too frequently missing -- a sense of humor that keeps what could all too often be disheartening news in perspective.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grist keeps me abreast of the most recent environmental concerns. In turn, I am able to share with other staff of our small non profit nature conservancy. Their information gives food for thought whether or not I agree is not as important as reading about the issues and various thoughts concerning them. The daily receipt of Grist in me inbox has also provided me with opportunities to speak with my congressmen and keep current on their activities!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thrilled that a reliable source of information like Grist exists in a world full of opinions masquerading as science. I enjoy their coverage across the board that includes environmental and social issues. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

where else can you receive day-to.day advice on green, social and progressive issue. keep up the good work. i check daily what's happening, and compare what orhers say to what grist is saying. interesting.

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Daniel F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is one of the best sources out there for smart, incisive and funny news and commentary on the environment and sustainability. It is one of my top 5 go-to sites for timely environmental news. Bookmark this one, and stay on top of the latest news.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been reading Grist for seveeral years, and donating as well to ensure they stay 'up and running'. I usually enjoy the articles, and always have the opportunity to learn a lot from the articles, as they are usually well annotated thru links to other articles/sources.
I recommend Grist highly.
Peter

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Lee G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been concerned with the environment the whole of my like. In my younger days I hiked and climbed all over the USA. I am concerned with the direction which the country takes in regards to environmental protection. Grist really pulls all the info, all the news together, Thanks, Grist.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my daily grist...I have a less than secret crush on Umbra.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A voice in the wilderness! This voice I want to hear.

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Jannell S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed reading and am a more informed individual because of Grist. This publication helps me to make better decisions and allows me to share them with other friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with an environmental justice youth group called Closer to Earth Youth Gardens and Grist is our best source for 'green news' and just about every week I am sharing information with our youth or other groups about what I learn from the Grist newsletter.

They are incredibly informative.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grist is a great source of up to the minute environmental news. It is left leaning, but fairly even handed. I love the humor and usefulness/context provided by the Daily Grist. I helps me be aware without spending hours searching the various media outlets for enviro news. Thanks Grist!

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