In Brief: Who we are, and what we do

Delta Institute is collaboratively addressing environmental, economic, and social issues in our home region, impacting more than 500 communities, one million acres, and 100 million captured stormwater gallons. We’ll achieve these goals through our efforts centered on agriculture, climate, water, and community development.

Delta Institute (Delta) works with communities throughout the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges. Our work takes us to population centers like Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee, to mid-sized cities such as Michigan City and Hobart, Indiana, to Great Lakes coastal towns like Sebewaing, Michigan to rural communities with thousands of acres of farmland and waterways.

Delta exists because environmental and economic issues hit communities—both urban and rural—through disinvestment, systemic inequity, and policy decisions. We collaborate to solve these issues at the community level by focusing on the self-defined goals and needs that our partners share with us. As a 501c3 nonprofit, we rely on philanthropic support to accomplish multi-year goals through two key programmatic areas: Resilient Agriculture and Nature-Based Climate Solutions.

Resilient Agriculture

By 2025, Delta Institute will support 1,000 farmers as they transition to resilient, sustainable, and regenerative practices—thus improving the environment, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and strengthening a farmer’s bottom line. We forecast that one million Midwestern acres will successfully transition to conservation-focused practices.

Delta is expanding regenerative methods to farms—both independent and commodity—throughout the Midwest via practical, feasible implementation activities that are grounded in science and proven to sequester carbon while mitigating financial risk to farmers. Our Resilient Agriculture goals include:

  • Standardizing soil health testing and increasing its use as a metric for farm management, and
  • Creating an integrated administration program to scale-up conservation practice implementation.
Delta partners with farmers to help implement their regenerative agriculture goals, such as our partnership with Zumwalt Acres.

Nature-Based Climate Solutions

By 2025, Delta Institute will assist municipalities by integrating natural climate solutions and Green Infrastructure (GI) to reduce climate change impacts through capturing 100 million stormwater gallons and leveraging $100 million in municipal GI investment. We focus on communities who are disproportionally impacted by the impacts of flooding and climate change, with our efforts improving their environment, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and strengthening their neighborhoods. Further, by standardizing GI Delta will help our community partners achieve improved water quality, canopy cover, and address equity issues through the improvements that healthier water and trees bring. Our Nature-Based Climate Solutions goals include:

  • Increasing adoption and integration of green and natural infrastructure, and
  • Creating an integrated administration program to scale up implementation of green and natural infrastructure.
Signage at Cheney Run Wetland Restoration site, a collaboration between the Michigan City Sanitary District and Delta Institute

We work every day to create a more resilient region for all our Midwestern family, friends, and neighbors.


Please join our efforts and help us today.

Delta Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID: 36-4210191) in good standing. Your charitable contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Delta Institute is a recipient of the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, a nationally recognized charity watchdog. Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and visit our GuideStar charity overview to learn why Delta Institute is a top-rated charity. You may also download our charity summary.
Pay for Performance Farm; Credit Brian Talsma, Allegan Conservation District
Zumwalt Acres in Sheldon, IL; 2020 BOOST Winner and Project Partner
Permeable pavement installation at City Hall in Hobart, IN
Buffers and water filtration installation in Hillman Park, Hobart IN

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