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Grist Magazine, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Grist a few years ago - it is my go to source for what's happening environmentally and for excellent information about issues that I care about. I don't like the rants I've been reading lately but the info is still solid.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grists daily updates are invaluable to me. An excellent source of environmental journalism, particularly on topics related to food justice.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 3

Grist covers a variety of areas from energy, pollution, to food policy with a variety of formats including news articles and sometimes satires and longer essays. It used to have a comic strip. While an indispensable service for me, sometimes I am put off by its whole adoption of the conventional environmental discourse which labels anyone who disagrees with the conventional understanding of global warming for whatever reason as a denier or some other negative moniker. In this sense, it could be more open to other points of view and understand that just because our paradigm says something is so, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank U Grist for providing research based information to so many without using newsprint!! Very much appreciated...Keep Up the Good Work.
Your service to all of us will help increase quality of life for all who read u!!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grist is consistently inspiring, well thought-out, progressive, and covers a broad range of issues. I am impressed and excited by their style and professionalism in reporting and commentary. I don't donate to many organizations, but Grist is one of them.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I get my environmental news daily from Grist, which keeps me up-to-date on the issues I care about most.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Grist. I find out so much about environmental issues that I would normally not hear about in mainstream or alternative news sources. It is great to have a consistent source of science based, funny and hip environmental news that I can act on. Thank you Grist!

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 4

I look to Grist religiously for updates to anything green. That includes new health issues and opportunities, green construction products and techniques, and using our land and resources wisely. The articles always present the issues in good humor and with considerable reflection of the impacts on society.

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 5

Grist makes me laugh every week! Grist also sheds light on issues that I don't know about, or don't know enough about. I feel that Grist is written by normal people, for normal people - they don't take a holier-than-thou tack with the environmentalism, but rather make me feel like we're friends, working together to get better at taking care of the planet.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent environmental updates, with a nice dash of humor.

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 5

Grist provides so much great information about the environment and the politics and impact of lifestyle regarding it, and they do it in a fun, easily digestible way. The combination of tips, news stories, videos and essays provides a great variety of ways to gain more useful knowledge about what is going on with environmental issues from global and governmental arenas to personal choices.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best sources of awareness for what is going on around the country and the globe. It is extremely difficult to find information written so well, for lay persons, and available to so many to understand some extremely challenging and overwhelming issues. I not only read it myself but have recommended the web site to many others outside of the Sustainability Consulting field I am employed in.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does this magazine provide great articles on current environmental issues, it does it with a tone of great entertainment. I always look forward to reading it because I always laugh out loud. In public, I've even had people come up and ask what I'm reading!

They seem to have developed a personal relationship with their readers. For instance, running satirical articles on April Fool's day (which admittedly, I have fallen for more than once!). I highly recommend that people take a look at this to get updated on curent pressing environmental issues to gain some insight while being entertained.

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 5

It is the only news I read because it is the best. Lots of up-to-date-information with just the right amount of humor!!

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Rating: 5

Grist helps direct me to the most urgent current environmental issues. Their sense of humor is also a welcome addition to stressful conditions we all face.

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 5


Grist consistently carries newsworthy and useful information on environmental and related social issues. Readable, lucid, perfect for forwarding to family, friends and associates who need the information too. I look to them especially for "local food", urban gardening, toxics in the environment, population/family planning issues, global warming and level of public acceptance of environmental problems.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an information junkie, therefore oversubscribed to e-newsletters about progressive politics, sustainability, food safety, environmental issues etc. Frequently I just delete these unread, without unsubscribing, because who knows--one day I have time to catch up on my reading. The one I NEVER delete without at least a glance at headlines is Grist. Usually, I find that at least one of the headlines demands my further attention. I love their mix of information and entertainment, sass and sensibility.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grist offers an excellent selection of news, advertising and commentary on areas of interest to those who are environmentally aware. I've been receiving their links, article, news and commentary for a couple years, and with my schedule, it's been an excellent way to see what's going up, coming up or just happened.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent source of news on all things environmental.

Mary W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rely on Grist's excellent reporting to inform me on key environmental/green issues that I wouldn't know in depth, otherwise. Also the great writing and blend of info and hip humor make enjoyable reading!

Review from Guidestar