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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

305 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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

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.

Review from Guidestar

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

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar