About Us

Our History

The Volgenau Foundation (TVF) was established in 1994 as an operating foundation fostering conservation of natural resources and the education of children. As of 2016 it is primarily a grantmaking foundation.

Legal Docs

2017 TVF 990PF

2016 TVF 990PF

The Volgenau Foundation Phillips Creek Farm
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Board of Directors

  • Ernst Volgenau, President
  • Sara Volgenau, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Lisa Volgenau, Vice President and Board Director
  • Lauren Volgenau-Knapp, Vice President and Board Director
  • Jennifer Volgenau Wiley, Vice President and Board Director

Our Staff

Contact Us

 Maryanna Kieffer, Executive Director
8300 Greensboro Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102
703-988-7973 x101

Our Grantmaking

The Volgenau Foundation supports only pre-selected organizations.

Our Philanthropic Priorities

Board Opportunity Fund: The Volgenau Foundation reserves five percent (5%) of anticipated total giving for unforeseen opportunities and/or emergencies.

Our Mission

Protecting our planet and serving our society by supporting…

Conservation

The Volgenau Foundation believes that preservation of the environment is essential to the survival of life on our planet and that people are inspired and enriched by nature.

1. Mitigation of human impacts on the environment — TVF supports organizations that mitigate negative human impacts on the environment through activities that (1) protect and restore land, water, and air resources or (2) protect wildlife, especially species threatened by human activity.

2. Place-based conservation – TVF supports conservation strategies that benefit local economies, enrich local communities, and protect environments in places that have significance for our trustees.

3. Analysis of research to identify solutions – TVF supports the analysis of past, current, and ongoing research, especially analysis that leads to action that addresses our conservation goals.

A few of our Conservation grant recipients:

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Alaska Conservation Foundation
American Battlefield Trust
Defenders Of Wildlife
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
New England Aquarium
Potomac Conservancy
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
The Nature Conservancy
Wildlife Conservation Society
Yellowstone To Yukon Conservation Initiative

Education

We believe that children are the future of our society and deserve to grow up in a safe environment that provides for their physical, ethical, and educational needs.

1. Ethical and academic education of disadvantaged children and families – TVF supports nonprofits that engage organizations, families, and children in activities that enhance academic success and promote ethical leadership. We support programs that enhance the education and health of parents to help them create successful families.

2. Environmental education – TVF encourages programs that inspire and elevate children by connecting them to nature and helping them understand their place on the planet and their relationship to its natural wonders and wildlife.

3. STEM education -- TVF supports programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM) and organizations provide scholarships to students who study and apply STEM disciplines for the improvement of our society.

A few of our Education grant recipients:

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Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
Capital Partners for Education
Education Outside
Friends Of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Lassen Park Foundation
Living Classrooms
Meadowland Botanical Gardens
Nature Bridge
The Ocean Foundation
Peer Forward
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Wolf Trap Park Foundation for the Performing Arts

Classical Music

We believe that human lives are enriched by exposure to the arts, specifically classical music, which inspires the human soul and has stood the test of time.

1. Classical music dissemination -- TVF supports organizations that preserve and offer classical music for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public.

2. Classical music education -- TVF supports music education in our schools and other institutions, especially in underserved communities.

A few of our Music grant recipients:

Clicking the logos below will take you to that organization's website. However, additional content for many of our grant projects will be added to our website soon. Please check back frequently for updates.

From The Top
Levine School of Music
Music In The Mountains
National Symphony Orchestra

Grants

The Volgenau Foundation accepts applications by invitation only.

Conservation Grants

Alaska Conservation Foundation

  • 2014 - 2019 "Alaska Native Fund"
  • 2015 - 2019 "Ted Smith Conservation Internship"

Alaska Wilderness League

  • 2015 "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge"

American Battlefield Trust

  • 2018 - 2019 "The Breakthrough at Petersburg National Battlefield"

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

  • 2017 - 2020 "Appalachian Trail Landscape Conservation Partnership"

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

  • 2018 - 2019 "Vessel Speed Reduction Program"

Defenders of Wildlife

  • 2012 - 2019 "Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery"
  • 2012 - 2019 "Protecting the Florida Panther"
  • 2018 - 2019 "Alaska: Coexistence with Kenai Brown Bears and Polar Bears"

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

  • 2017 - 2019 "Protecting the Engine of the Ecosystem: Greater Yellowstone Wildlife Migration"

Land Trust Alliance

  • 2013 - 2016 "Southeast Region"
  • 2014 - 2019 "Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative"

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

  • 2018 - 2019 "Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary"

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

  • 2015 - 2019 "Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies: Expanding a Trial Program of Vessel Speed Reduction"

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

  • 2012 - 2019 "Looking Below the Surface: Understanding Human Threats to Humpback Whales (AK); graduate student support"
  • 2012 - 2019 "Tracking seabirds to identify ecological hotspots and food habits"

National Parks Conservation Association

  • 2013 - 2019 "Protecting Petersburg's History, Ecosystem, and Wildlife"

New England Aquarium

  • 2012 - 2019 "Monitoring North Atlantic Right Whale Injuries and the Associated Impacts on Health"
  • 2012 - 2019 "Vessel Strike Scarring in North Atlantic Right Whales and Lethal and Sub-lethal Impacts"
  • 2015 - 2019 "Building Ropes that Work for Fishermen and are Safe for Whales"
  • 2017 - 2018 "Right Whale Conservation in the Atlantic Ocean"
  • 2018 - 2019 "Cryptic Mortality of North Atlantic Right Whales"

Oregon State University

  • 2015 - 2019 "Imperiled Fisher Conservation; Science-based Recommendations for the Preservation of Mature Forests"

People and Carnivores

  • 2012 - 2019 "Rangeland Coexistence and Knowledge Transfer"

Piedmont Environmental Council

  • 2012 - 2019 "Thumb Run Habitat Restoration Initiative"

Point Blue Conservation Science

  • 2015 - 2019 "Farallon Marine Wildlife Conservation & Research"
  • 2017 - 2019 "Healthy Land Initiative"
  • 2017 - 2018 "Migratory Bird Program"

Potomac Conservancy

  • 2012 - 2019 "Building a Conservation Hub in the South Branch Valley "
  • 2017 - 2018 "Saving White Horse Mountain"

River Partners

  • 2014 - 2015 "Juvenile Salmon Restoration Program"
  • 2015 - 2019 "Sacramento River Salmonid Stranding Reduction and Floodplain Habitat Restoration Project"
  • 2018 - 2019 "Bush Rabbit Project"

Shasta Land Trust

  • 2013 - 2014 "Great Shasta Rail Trail"

Sierra Streams Institute

  • 2014 - 2015 "Nisenan Gathering Garden Project"
  • 2016 - 2019 "Integrating Scientific and Traditional Assessments with the Nisenan"

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

  • 2013 - 2019 "Virginia Working Landscapes"
  • 2016 - 2019 "Canid Reproduction Research"
  • 2016 - 2019 "Moorea Reef Recovery Initiative"
  • 2016 - 2019 "American Species Initiative: Whooping Crane Initiative"

The Nature Conservancy of California

  • 2012 - 2013 "California Migratory Bird Initiative"
  • 2012 - 2013 "Peek Ranch Preservation"
  • 2012 - 2013 "Shasta River Salmon"
  • 2016 - 2020 "Bird Returns: Dynamic Conservation for Migratory Birds"

The Nature Conservancy in Virginia: Virginia Coast Reserve

  • 2012 - 2013 "Floating Kayak/Boat ramp"
  • 2012 - 2015 "Marine Conservation"
  • 2014 - 2016 "Protecting Human and Natural Communities On Virginia’s Eastern Shore"
  • 2016 - 2020 "Enhancing and Inspiring Community Engagement at the Virginia Coast Reserve"

Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust

  • 2012 - 2019 "Campaign for Rural Lands"

Wild Oceans

  • 2013 - 2019 "Sustainable Fishing for Big Fish"

Wildlife Conservation Society

  • 2014 - 2015 "Pacific Fisher with Hoopa Tribal Lands"
  • 2017 - 2018 "Conservation through the eyes of wildlife: a shared vision for connectivity and coexistence"

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

  • 2015 "Y2Y: Connecting and protecting wildlife habitat, so that both people and nature can thrive"
  • 2015 "Mapping the Wolverine Way"

Education Grants

Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys

  • 2014 - 2019 "General Support"

Capitol Partners for Education

  • 2015 - 2019 "General Support"

Education Outside

  • 2015 - 2019 "Bringing the New School Day to New Communities"

For Love of Children

  • 2012 - 2019 "Neighborhood Tutoring Program"

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

  • 2015 to 2019 "Volunteer and Education Program"
  • 2016 to 2019 "NatureFest"

Lassen Park Foundation

  • 2012 - 2019 "Youth Campint Program"

Living Classrooms

  • 2007 - 2011 "General Support"
  • 2012 - 2019 "E-STEM Program"
  • 2018 - 2019 "Kingman Island"

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

  • 2012 - 2019 "Nature Nuts Environmental Education"
  • 2017 - 2018 "Meadowlark Conservatory"

NatureBridge

  • 2015 - 2019 "Programs in Channel Islands National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Olympic National Park"
  • 2016 - 2017 "National Education Science Center"

NatureBridge: Mid-Atlantic Region

  • 2013 - 2019 "Underserved Youth Living and Learning in Prince William Forest and Shenandoah National Parks"

Peer Forward

  • 2014 - 2019 "Post-secondary Planning for Low-income Students in the National Capital Region"

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

  • 2018 - 2019 "Volgenau Academic Center"

The Nature Conservancy in Virginia: Virginia Coast Reserve

  • 2012 - 2015 "Environmental Education"

The Ocean Foundation

  • 2015 - 2019 "Ocean Connectors: Connecting Youth for Conservation"

Wolf Trap Foundation

  • 2014 - 2019 "Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts STEM Initiative"
  • 2013 - 2014 "Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods"

Classical Music Grants

From the Top

  • 2015 - 2019 "General Support"

Levine School of Music

  • 2013 - 2014 "Children's Scholarship Fund"

Music in the Mountains

  • 2012 - 2016 "Prelude for Yuba Salmon"
  • 2017 - 2019 "Music Education Programming Initiative"

National Symphony Orchestra

  • 2012 - 2019 "National Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concerts"

Opportunity Grants

American Red Cross

  • 2013 - 2014 "Superstorm Sandy Relief"
  • 2017 - 2018 "2017 Hurricane Relief"