Colcom Foundation Mission, Goals’ Commitment

Colcom Foundation


The Colcom Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1993 by the late Cordelia S. May and her husband, John E. McCain. Our mission is to protect and promote Southwestern Pennsylvania’s natural resources conservation through strategic land stewardship, community engagement, research, and education. We strive to foster strong partnerships between citizens, communities, and corporations in the region that promote sustainable practices and respect for our natural heritage.

Through its support of organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy, the foundation has helped to conserve millions of acres of land and protect countless species of plants and animals. In addition, the foundation has provided funding for research and educational programs that promote sustainable practices and raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation.

Our Goals

The Colcom Foundation’s primary objectives are to preserve and protect southwestern Pennsylvania’s environment and its unique natural resources. We seek to ensure that future generations have access to a world-class environment full of clean water and abundant wildlife.

To achieve these goals, the Foundation focuses on four primary activities:

  1. Strategic Land Stewardship: We work with various partners to identify, protect, and manage natural lands for the region’s benefit.
  2. Community Engagement: Colcom Foundation strives to build meaningful relationships with citizens, local organizations, and corporations to increase environmental awareness and create actionable change.
  3. Research: We research to understand our region’s needs better and identify sustainable solutions.
  4. Education: We provide educational programming that promotes understanding of the natural world, encourages stewardship of natural resources, and fosters a sense of environmental responsibility.

Our Commitment

This organization is deeply committed to preserving and protecting southwestern Pennsylvania’s environment and unique natural resources. We strive to create a vibrant, livable region that celebrates and respects our natural heritage. We are committed to fostering strong partnerships between citizens, organizations, and corporations that promote sustainable practices and environmental respect.


The Colcom Foundation is a vital force in environmental protection and conservation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The future generations will have access to a world-class environment full of clean water and abundant wildlife.

This Foundation is dedicated to protecting the unique natural resources of southwestern Pennsylvania for current and future generations. Visit this page for additional information.


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