Circle of Life Foundation

Earth Island News

Circle of Life Foundation

Circle of Life to become independent

On November 1, 2002, Circle of Life became independent of Earth Island Institute after two years as a project of the parent organization.

“Earth Island Institute is an innovative organizational home for many environmental initiatives,” says President of Earth Island Institute Bob Wilkinson. “While many of our projects have found a long-term home in our network, we have regularly supported those projects that chose to set off on their own. We are proud of the considerable accomplishments and growing leadership of Circle of Life in sustainability education and inspiring new activists to our movement.”

Circle of Life was incorporated as a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 2002 to assume the work of the existing Circle of Life Foundation project.

Some 60 projects have called Earth Island home since it was founded in 1982. Among the notable projects that have gone on to independence are Rainforest Action Network, International Rivers Network, Northern Appalachian Restoration Project, Urban Habitat Program, Bluewater Network, and Sea Turtle Restoration Project.

“Circle of Life has been fortunate to work with Earth Island Institute as a project incubator. The infrastructure support, program guidance, and dynamic community of activists and environmental leaders has allowed Circle of Life to mature into a strong, independent organization,” says Circle of Life’s Executive Director Alissa Hauser.

In two years with Earth Island Institute, Circle of Life has developed solid educational action support and networking programs all over the world. It has collaborated with hundreds of organizations to bring new activists into the environmental and social change movements. “With the urgent problems facing our world today, many people feel overwhelmed and believe that they can’t and don’t make a difference,” says Julia Butterfly Hill, Circle of Life’s founder. “Circle of Life is uniquely positioned to inspire people to believe they are the ones who must make the difference through their love and actions, right now, every day.”

For more information, please contact Alissa Hauser, via email ( or telephone (510) 601-9790.

Get the Journal in your inbox.
Sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Subscribe Now

For $15 you can get four issues of the magazine, a 50 percent savings off the newsstand rate.