Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

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  • New York, NY
  • http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org

Mission Statement

Blacksmith Institute’s mission is to develop and implement solutions
for pollution-related problems in the developing world, focusing on the world's worst polluted places where women and children are most vulnerable.

Main Programs

  1. Health and Pollution Fund
  2. Global Inventory Project
  3. Lead Poisoning and Car Batteries Project
  4. Artisanal Gold Mining (Mercury Poisoning)

service areas

International

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ruling year

1999

chief executive for fy 1999

Mr. Richard Fuller

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Keywords

pollution, environment, international, Africa, Asia, clean-up, waste, sewage, advocacy, health, overseas aid, remediation, toxic, nomination

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EIN

13-4075779

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Since 1999, Blacksmith has completed over 30 projects; Blacksmith is
currently involved in over 40 projects in 19 countries.  Read some of
our success stories here:
http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org/success-stories.html

Among Blacksmith's key projects are:

 Global Inventory Project - the world's first comprehensive database of polluted places with human health impact.  Blacksmith is currently identifying and assessing some 3000 polluted sites in over 60 countries.

Health and Pollution Fund (HPF) - a global public health fund Blacksmith is working to create with international partners.  The HPF will  fund the cleanup of sites identified in the Global Inventory Project with the aim of eliminating legacy pollution in the developing world. 

Other projects include work to reduce mercury poisoning from artisanal gold mining, and the Lead Poisoning and Car Batteries Project, which deals with lead pollution from the improper cycling of car batteries, one of the world's worst pollution problems.


Blacksmith has removed poisons from contaminated playgrounds, schools,
homes and factories as well as large river systems and entire
communities.

Programs

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Program 1

Health and Pollution Fund

Blacksmith is currently leading an international effort to create a $500 million public health fund to fight and eliminate legacy pollution in the developing world.  The HPF will be the first and only toxic cleanup program to be conducted on a global scale.  It will support the cleanup of the world's worst polluted sites identified in the Global Inventory Project.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Global Inventory Project

Blacksmith is building the first comprehensive global inventory of the world's worst polluted places with human health impact. Investigative teams are currently assessing a total of about 3000 polluted sites in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The Global Inventory Project, which builds on Blacksmith's existing database, will rank sites using the Blacksmith Index.  This ranking will guide and prioritize cleanup under the Health and Pollution Fund.

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Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

Lead Poisoning and Car Batteries Project

Blacksmith is the leading organization
working to clean up lead pollution caused by the improper recycling of used car
batteries.  This is one of the worst pollution
problems(http://www.worstpolluted.org/projects_reports/display/65)
in the developing world, one that is growing with consumer
demand for cars. Lead poisons over 12 million people, mainly women and
children. It is the most common environmental disease among children
living in developing countries.  

Projects are ongoing in Senegal(http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org/senegal-lead-poisoning-and-car-batteries-project.html) , Dominican Republic(http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org/haina.html) ,
Philippines(http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org/projects/display/27) , Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala and India.

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Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 4

Artisanal Gold Mining (Mercury Poisoning)

Blacksmith
is working with UNIDO's Global Mercury Project in Senegal, Indonesia, Mozambique(http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org/projects/display/2) , and Cambodia(http://www.blacksmithinstitute.org/projects/display/154) .

UNIDO (The United Nations Industrial Development
Organization) estimates that artisanal gold mining results in the
release of an estimated 1,000 tons of toxic mercury per year, which
constitutes about 30% of the world's mercury emissions.  At least a
quarter of the world's total gold supply comes from artisanal gold
mining. 

Some 15 million gold miners, including 4.5 million
women and 600,000 children, are poisoned by direct contact with toxic
mercury.  In addition, mercury rises and travels, dropping into rivers,
oceans and seas, contaminating seafood far and wide.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

service areas

International

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Funding Needs

1. ASSISTANCE TO EXISTING PROJECTSBlacksmith has 40 active projects underway in 19 countries. Each needs$5K-$20K of additional funding to be completed and to acquire or replace equipment & supplies.   2. SPONSORSHIPS FOR NEW PROJECTSOur Global Inventory Project (see below) has identified 1700+ toxic sites. New projects can be activated with $25K-$100K. Detailed analysis of site conditions and contaminants, budgets and work plans are available.   3. GENERAL SUPPORTBlacksmith operates a small central office with 5-7% administrativeoverhead. Unrestricted contributions will strengthen our ability to train,provide administrative and operational support for our field staff.   4. GLOBAL INVENTORY PROJECTBlacksmith is assembling a detailed database of the worst polluted sites in the developing world, funded by the European Commission and AsianDevelopment Bank. Funds are needed to recruit additional personnel toconduct more site assessments.  A detailed presentation is available.

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BLACKSMITH INSTITUTE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Richard Fuller

BIO

Richard
Fuller graduated with a degree in Engineering from Melbourne University
and then worked for IBM. He left Australia in 1988 to work directly on
global environmental issues. For two years, Richard worked in the
rainforests of Brazil with the United Nations Environmental Programme,
creating forest reserves that promote the preservation of both the
rainforest and its inhabitants. He then headed to New York, where he
established Great Forest Inc., now one of the most successful
sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. Great Forest was one of
the first to bring sustainability practices to the business world,
helping to pave the way for the rise of corporate social
responsibility. Richard founded the not-for-profit Blacksmith
Institute in 1999.

Behind Richard's determination is the know-how to solve problems and save lives at
risk. Working with scientists, public health experts, environmental
engineers, academics and other experts from local and governmental
agencies, Richard has assembled a comprehensive database of
knowledge and information that is being used by Blacksmith's network of
project managers around the world to clean up the worst polluted sites
efficiently and effectively.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"The scope of pollution in the developing world is starting now to come
into focus. Our initiative to inventory polluted sites throughout the
developing world has registered early indications that the scope is comparable
in population and risk to human health to problems like malaria and HIV; in
other words, a huge problem not on the international radar screen.But the good news is that it is a solvable problem. Problems can be tackled successfully even with limited
funding, and, through models, can be replicated around the world. Doing so
would save innumerable lives, aid economic development, improve neighborhoods
and increase general intelligence.

At present, successes are few and far between.  But the problem is
finite and the solutions doable.  Solutions range in size and type. Remediation is the most
obvious. But there is also the need for local education to inform people about
these silent killers.  Legislation
has played an enormous role in reducing the toll of pollution globally.  The elimination of lead in gasoline in
much of the world is responsible for improving intelligence. More coordinated
international efforts such as the Chemical Weapons Convention are clearly
needed. 
Finally, there is a role for innovation, some technical but also social. The Gyapa stoves project in Ghana, for instance, builds on a
technological innovation – a new type of stove – with social innovations,
including the creation of a sustainable business model to support broad
distribution.

Here is a way for us to make a difference for hundreds of millions – measurably
and effectively - in our lifetime.
 
Richard Fuller
Founder, Blacksmith Institute"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sheldon Kasowitz

Indus Capital Partners

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