Who We Are

Delta Institute works with communities throughout the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges. We envision a region in which all communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Since our founding in 1998, Delta Institute has worked throughout the Midwest, in both urban and rural communities.

Delta Institute’s two primary drivers to enact environmental and economic change in our home region are centered on Thriving Landscapes and Communities.

We maximize our impact, and for every grant dollar we raise, we invest more than four times the amount of funding into our partner communities and geographies.

Environmental and economic issues hit communities of all sizes through disinvestment, inequity, and policy decisions. Disproportionate consequences have been borne by communities that have not historically had a voice, capacity, or resources to change or challenge the environmental and economic problems they face—and that have likely been imposed upon them.

Delta Institute was founded to support and collaborate with communities to improve their environment, increase economic opportunity, and rebuild neighborhood vitality to promote the health and wellbeing of residents. In the year ahead Delta will work with more than 200 partners at the municipal and community levels so that together we achieve our vision for a thriving Midwest.

We maximize our impact, and for every grant dollar we raise, we catalyze more than four times the amount of funding into our partner communities and geographies. Cumulatively, Delta has directed more than $165 million of investment throughout the Midwest over the past 20 years.

What We Do

Our team collaborates with and serves communities, counties, watersheds, citizen groups, fellow nonprofits, and individual families through our efforts.

Since our founding we have worked with hundreds of communities in eight states, impacting more than 2M residents.

Some of our programmatic impact has included:

Millions of gallons of stormwater are more efficiently managed annually through our Green Infrastructure efforts, saving residents from more severe flooding while reducing water pollution.

Communities with closed coal plants and vacant properties have received technical consulting to regain tax revenue with a more sustainable future.

We have diverted nearly 68,000 tons of waste from landfills into reused and recycled materials.

Our conservation efforts have expanded regenerative and soil health practices on more than 50,000 acres of working and natural lands.

Please spend a moment with our project map illustrating project locations throughout the Midwest.

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Learn more about Delta Institute, our projects, and our partners through our local, regional, and national coverage.

January 7, 2020: Huron Daily Tribune

Sebewaing officials looking for community input on zoning changes.

December 19, 2019: Madison 365

34th “I Have a Dream” Ball will raise money for scholarships, honor the legacy of MLK. (mentions EcoHouse, former BOOST award recipient)

December 18, 2019: The Chicago Crusader

Tammi Davis appointed to Regional Board of Directors.

December 17, 2019: Block Club Chicago

This vacant Little Village fire station could be transformed into a commercial kitchen for street vendors

December 14, 2019: Huron Daily Tribune

Local farmers win conservation awards.

December 13, 2019: Daily Herald

Chicago Prize finalists envision a closed loop food economy in Little Village that provides economic development for thousands of families.

December 13, 2019: Cision PR Newswire

Chicago Prize finalists envision a closed loop food economy in Little Village that provides economic development for thousands of families.

November 26, 2019: South Bend Tribune

South Bend council approves Pete Buttigieg climate plan, while activists urge going further.

November 14, 2019: ABC57

South Bend working to mitigate impacts of climate change with new plan.

November 8, 2019: Chicago Tribune

Nature to erase toxic past at Gary stocking factory.

November 7, 2019: NWI.com

Community-boosting projects coming to Gary thanks to $270,000 grant.

November 4, 2019: South Bend Tribune

Buttigieg administration tackling global climate change locally.

October 22, 2019: Free Spirit Media

Joint environmental proposal could see creation of commercial kitchen, food cart storage in Little Village.

October 21, 2019: Digital Journal

Essential Science: Improving agriculture with new AgriTech.

October 17, 2019: Successful Farming

Growers Edge Partners with Delta Institute on Financial Products to Rebuild Soil Health.

October 17, 2019: Yahoo Finance

Growers Edge Partners With Industry Leaders to Incent Farmers to Embrace Soil Health Solutions.

October 17, 2019: CropLife

Growers Edge Partners With Industry Leaders to Incent Farmers to Embrace Soil Health Solutions.

October 15, 2019: Madison Magazine

The focus on locally sourced grain for bread has only started to rise.

September 24, 2019: Yale Climate Connections

Communities find new uses for retired coal plant sites.

Our partners, stakeholders, and donors deserve full transparency on the impact, financial standing, and organizational health of Delta Institute. Please review our financial and transparency documents, and contact us with any questions you may have.
501c3 Nonprofit Letter
Delta Institute Articles of Incorporation
Current Strategic Plan for FY2018-2022
IRS 990
Annual Reports

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