Earth Preservation Fund
EPF Mission & History
The Earth Preservation Fund (EPF) was established in 1979 by the founders of Journeys International. Travelers on Journeys trips often saw things that moved them to want to support an important cause, but no way to offer their help after their trip ended. On the other side were energetic and idealistic local guides who were dreamers for ways that they could help their communities and preserve the planet, but lacked organizational support for their projects.
Today, the EPF funds projects that help people to do better in their home countries with a particular focus on sustainability and combating global climate change. The EPF also consults with travel and tourism companies seeking to adopt sustainable practices.
Over the years, EPF projects have included:
- Stand with Nepal Earthquake Relief Campaign
- Save the Asian Elephant (Earth Day Network, India)
- Birds of a Feather orphan education and conservation training (Uganda)
- Lares Valley Reforestation (Peru)
- …and more projects in many more locations
The EPF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accepts tax-deductible contributions to support specific projects or the overall work of the organization.
Joe Pollak, Executive Director
Joe Pollak brings an abiding interest in conservation and environmental stewardship to his role as Executive Director of the Earth Preservation Fund. Joe leads all aspects of the EPF’s efforts to advance sustainability in the travel industry and engage climate change.
Joe earned his BA and JD, both with honors, from the George Washington University and subsequently worked as an environmental attorney, university administrator, and educational consultant. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Robin Weber Pollak, and two sons.
Make a Difference
Contribute to the Earth Preservation Fund General Campaign
Through its regular, ongoing work, the EPF supports at-risk orphans in Uganda, library and monastery restoration projects in Ladakh, conversation in the Galapagos Islands, tree planting in Peru’s Sacred Valley, community-based tourism in Kenya, and more. All EPF-supported projects are small-scale and community initiated. The EPF has always focused on small projects where a donation of $500 or $750 could make a difference.
Donate By Mail
If you prefer to mail a check to the Earth Preservation Fund, please download this form and send it, along with your donation, to:
Earth Preservation Fund
107 Aprill Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103