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Grist Magazine, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Citizen Participation, Environment, Environmental Education, 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

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my favorite source of news- it's humorous, informative and poignant.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy reading grist because it gives me different perspectives on topics that effect our society and the world. It lets me interact with information about factors that effect agriculture in a way that I can use to expand my personal practice of family based agriculture and rasing my own food.
Grist gives me a balance to the other sources of media I use to get information (Orion, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Fox, CNN) so that I can look at a cross section of how our society is viewing topics.
Grist researches topics thouroughly and reports consicely. At times I wish that the articles were longer and provided more details and information, rather than having us look at more than one short article. At times the single short articles are thought provoking and provide a starting point for discussion for students in my biology, agriculture and environmental science classes. Grist is a tool that can be used to get students to critically think about media information in the world and be able to defend their point of view critically because they are learning to think critically.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I get the Grist RSS feed daily. I like their cheeky but informative stories. It's a good overview of both local (Pacific Northwest) and national environmental news. But like a lot of websites, their site is too busy with a bunch of stuff. I think protecting nature requires more focus on a smaller number of priorities. I ask myself the question, "What's the most important thing I can do with my limited time, money, and energy?" I don't really get an answer to that question from Grist (or anybody else, for that matter).

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read GRIST online every day without fail. I depend on it for the most recent environmental information- an area I care very much about. I have learned information about food there that I would not have found anyplace else. (And as an ex-librarian I read a lot :-)
I forward GRIST more often than any other emails I receive.
GRIST is unique; no other online source communicates the same quality of information about living healthy and green - and does it every day!
Maggie Parish

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I turn to Grist daily for news, articles, and blogs. Their site is not only informative, it is extremely entertaining, one of the main reasons that I keep coming back for more.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

iGrist's an important tongue in cheek source of environmental reportage. Often the first place I see environmental news. I read them daily.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great source for current information on the environment with a humorous twist. We page big $$ for similar information found in the Climate Wire service. David

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grist is an excellent source about a host of environmental issues and I read most of the articles it posts every week. I'm especially interested in the pieces that relate to food and family. These are helpful to me as I try to live in a more sustainable way for the health of the planet.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Grist is a thoughtful, well reasoned, interesting & informative.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'm a Canadian High School teacher who teaches geography and civics, so I find Grist very useful. It keeps up to date on environmental news, and I feel that's part of my job. I really do learn about all kinds of things on Grist that I otherwise just wouldn't know, or share, with my students.

Review from Guidestar

Lisbet D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

living in denmark, I relay on grist to tell me what goes on in the world, I have been reading Grist for years and absolutely love everything about it, the way they cover the world in love and attention. This Magazine, gives a new meaning to serious humor, I love the knowledge they throw my way, the number of actions they take, the way they do it, be it food, hunger pollution or funny old men in big jobs, "how to's" .
Long strong Blog love and my deep respect to the people behind.. they make me take action.
Lisbet diemer

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grist keeps the normally black and white news colorful while sticking to its core mission of informing readers about how to choose a greener path.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Grist tells the grisly truth with humor and wit. I rely on them for non-partisan environmental news and updates. I especially love Ask Umbra where people can write in with their environmental questions. She provides honest everyday solutions without being preachy or radical.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grist provides daily information on wide-ranging environmental topics in an entertaining way, with so many links that it takes more time than the average green activist can realistically handle.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I trust Grist. They are independent. Do not owe their soul to the company store. This is what news is all about. They talk about everybody and everything. Nothing escapes them. Reliable, trustworthy and honest reporting. Good stuff.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about phytoremediation from the grist. From there, Google took me to scores of projects around the world. We want to rid a lake's bed of mercury. Some want to scrape it all out and put it in a landfill that is adjacent to a leafy neighborhood; Others, like me, say since the mercury dumping stopped in 1986, sediment and flora have safely buried the menace. The 26-mile creek which feeds the lake carries tons of sediment from the famous Tully Mud Boils. I depend on the grist to eventually run a story that says, in essence, "Let sleeping dogs lie".

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grist rocks! They have articles available nowhere else.

Review from Guidestar