Cox Giving

Conservation & Environment

Many are familiar with our commitment to the environment and sustainability through the Cox Conserves program, including grants to environmental nonprofits designated by our Cox Conserves Heroes. But our philanthropic efforts in support of conservation and environmental priorities extend far and wide – and into some unexpected areas. Foundation grants to conservation-oriented nonprofits have protected land, connected communities and promoted a love of the outdoors. These investments have made deep and positive impacts – both in Atlanta and in communities across the country.


Transformation on the Arkansas River

The Gathering Place for Tulsa

With $350 million pledged, charitable funding for A Gathering Place for Tulsa is believed to be the largest gift to a public park in U.S. history. The Cox Foundation is pitching in with a $250,000 gift to help develop waterfront parks and green space.

A Gathering Place for Tulsa, a project of the Tulsa Community Foundation, involves a nearly 100-acre development to transform the Tulsa waterfront into an active space for citizens to enjoy.

Nearly
100-acre
development to transform the
Tulsa waterfront into an active
space for citizens to enjoy

Plans call for the addition of eight miles of new trails, connecting to the existing River Parks trail system, a new playground, lodge, pond, boathouse, sporting areas and two grand lawns. Our capital investments have been supplemented by in-kind donations to the project in the form of network infrastructure provided by Cox Communications, which will deliver Cox products and services to all the park’s facilities.


Protecting our Rivers

Lasting Partnerships with Conservation Groups

Rivers are essential for healthy ecosystems, providing food, fresh water and drainage for countless species, humans included. Cox has long been committed to protecting this vital natural resource. We continue to partner with American Rivers, a national organization that works to protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers across the U.S. The organization has gained federal Wild and Scenic status for more than 12,000 miles of rivers and safeguards public health by working to eliminate sewage and stormwater pollution in our waterways. The Cox Foundation made a $1 million gift to American Rivers for capacity-building in 2016, adding to a previous $1 million grant provided in 2014. Cox Enterprises has partnered with the organization since 2010 and sponsors the National River Cleanup. Cox Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex Taylor chairs the organization’s board.

Rivers are essential for healthy ecosystems, providing food, fresh water and drainage for countless species, humans included.

We also contribute to the protection of the watershed in our hometown of Atlanta. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) works to protect our local river, the Chattahoochee, which begins in the North Georgia mountains and snakes southward to Florida. It is an important source of both drinking water and outdoor recreation. Cox employees regularly partner with CRK on river cleanups, and in 2015, the Foundation showed further support with a $400,000 capacity-building grant.

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