Engineers for a Sustainable World Announces 501(c)3 Status

Engineers for a Sustainable World is pleased to announce that it has officially received tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. This new status is a major milestone for ESW as it completes a multi-year restructuring process, and will help ensure that ESW can support its chapters and expand its overarching programs.

ESW was founded in 2002 and was fiscally sponsored by Cornell’s Center for Transformative Action until 2011 and the University of California, Merced from 2011-2013. ESW incorporated in July 2013 and submitted an application for 501(c)3 status in January 2014. Acceptance of this application is the final step in a years-long restructuring of ESW’s operations that has seen the organization shift from international projects to domestic and educational work. As a network ESW has grown from two collegiate chapters in 2002 to 37 collegiate chapters and 3 professional chapters at present, and is actively looking to further expand its community. ESW National Team volunteers run a variety of programs serving these chapters, from providing grants for sustainability-focused projects to bringing students and professionals together to share best practices at regional and annual conferences.

“This new status gives us access to new grant opportunities and improves our ability to support our mission,” said Executive Director Alexander Dale. “It also gives our donors confidence and conclusive information, and it gives us validity with potential partners that we’re trying to do good work.”

ESW has been able to engage thousands in the movement of engineering a more sustainable world through the support of its growing network, and this tax-exempt status gives ESW even more of an opportunity to grow. ESW is currently looking for support from new individuals and organizations as the start of a larger resource-building campaign.  Any questions about the 501(c)3 status or how you can support ESW may be directed to Development Director Jordan Crolly at