The EASTER Foundation"As a family, we are committed to improving the health of the planet, upon which all living things depend, through the support of organizations promoting the Environment, the Arts, Sustainability, Technology, Education, and Rights."
The Easter Foundation was created in the spring of 2006 by Fred and Anne Osborn of Garrison NY, with proceeds from the purchase by Colgate Palmolive of Tom's of Maine, a natural health care products company in Kennebunk Maine in which the Osborns had invested in the 1970s.
Fred is the retired Director of Philanthropic Services at the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York City. Anne is a Consulting Forester, a landscape artist, and a former Emergency Medical Technician. She served on the board of directors of Tom's of Maine for 20 years.
The name Easter Foundation was chosen by the middle generation of Osborns, Hank, Ellie and Graham. "Easter" was the name of the 44' Alden Sloop on which the family lived, and sailed to Europe and back in 1985.
The children decided to use the letters of the word EASTER to clarify the areas of focus for the foundation:
There is no formal application form or deadlines, but organizations seeking funding should write the Easter Foundation c/o Fred Osborn III, P O Box 347, Garrison, NY 10524-0347, no telephone calls please. Please cover the following topics in brief:
Please accompany this letter with: