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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: The Environmental Working Group (EWG), founded in 1993, fills a niche in the environmental community by focusing its unique strategy on toxics, agriculture and western lands issues. Our effective advocacy efforts are bolstered by extensive web databases and a 500,000-person email list, which have become major forces in online information distribution. EWG is a national organization with headquarters in Washington, DC, and offices in Oakland, CA and Ames, Iowa.

Programs: EWG's research propels change that protects people from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants in food, water, air, and consumer products.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Environmental Working Group for many years. They provide important information about environmental toxins that contribute to disease, such as which fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticides and should be bought organic, and which sunscreens and personal care products are safe for children and adults. I rely on them heavily and tell people about them all the time.

Molly Hauck
Kensington, MD


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EWG is one of the most effective environmental justice and public health organizations in the world. They have some of the most compelling research available free to the public. I use EWG's research to compare radiation levels of cell phones. I also use EWG.org to find out what chemicals are in my cities drinking water as well as finding the safest sunscreens and other cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group or EWG perform lab test, compile data, take surveys, engage the public, work with local and federal government to ban toxic chemicals from products, and also they educate families on healthy living. The provide a highly advanced and super informative website. EWG'S Ken Cook is really an incredible public health expert if I have ever seen one.

2 Perla N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization seems to be raising public awareness and getting legislation passed to protect consumer and children's health. I use their safe cosmetics database all the time to look for shampoos, baby lotions, sunscreen, lipstick that are less toxic. I read about their research - such as the latest report on rocket fuel chemicals found in baby formulas - frequently in NYT and other major media. I am impressed by the depth and breadth of their work.