Blacksmith Institute (New York, NY)


  • Name:Sarita Gupta
  • Title:Program Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Blacksmith Institute
  • Address:475 Riverside Drive
    Suite 860
    New York, NY 10115
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:212-870-3490

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  • Mission:
  • Mission: to develop and implement solutions for pollution-related problems in middle and low-income countries, particularly in locations where there is a direct effect on human health.
    Vision: to eradicate pollution and improve public health in two ways. 1) get international community to acknowledge importance of this issue. Extensive international programs exist to combat infectious diseases and climate change but none that confront the threat of toxic pollution with remediation and policy change.
    In line with that vision, Blacksmith in 2012 formed the Global Alliance on Health & Pollution (GAHP). Supported by the World Bank, European Commission and UN agencies, GAHP’s aim is to raise the alarm and push toxic pollution to the forefront of global issues.
    2) Help developing countries establish programs and policies to deal with pollution, providing knowledge about state-of-the art techniques, helping create effective responses and addressing the most severe health risks.

  • Overview:
  • Blacksmith works with local partners to develop practical solutions to ending economic activities that generate toxic pollution as well as remediating existing contaminated sites.
    Blacksmith is the only systematic effort to deal with toxic pollution on a global scale, and one that engages both local governments and the international community. Instead of entering into a blame game about who was responsible for the pollution, we focus on cleaning up the pollution source or breaking the pathways that result in human contamination. Results are measured tangibly—e.g. levels of lead in blood or soil before and after cleanup—to ensure that health benefits are being tracked and delivered.
    Blacksmith aims to make extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering, has an established track record, is innovative and efficient, and has a vision and plan for long-term impact.

  • History:
  • Blacksmith has completed 76 projects to date and is currently active in 15 countries. In 14 years, our work has benefitted over 3 million people.
    Some examples of our achievements are:

    1. Creation of the first Global Inventory of Toxic Sites
    Blacksmith’s Toxic Sites Identification Program (TSIP) endeavors to identify and screen contaminated sites in low- and middle-income countries with a potential human health impact. The data serves as a valuable roadmap for cleanup. In the past four years, TSIP has screened over 3,000 sites in 47 countries, and identified an additional 1,000 sites for future screening. We recently expanded TSIP in Latin America, Africa, and four countries in the former Soviet Union.

    2. Cleanup of Toxic Sites
    Blacksmith’s core expertise lies in working collaboratively with government, business, and communities to clean up polluted sites. We lead and fund smaller projects as well as provide international standards and experience to governments through our Technical Advisory Board members. We currently have projects in 15 countries, and recently entered Kyrgyzstan and China.

    3. Establish International Funding for Toxic Contamination Clean Up
    The governments of high-income countries have super funds to clean up toxic sites but no such resource exists in many parts of the globe where it is critically needed.

    In 2012 Blacksmith helped form the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), a collaborative body tasked with coordinating resources and activities to solve chemicals, wastes and toxic hotspot problems in low- and middle-income countries. It is working with select countries to prioritize the issue of toxic pollution and build national capacity to address the problem, and working globally to build awareness and support for halting toxic pollution.

    4. Raise Awareness Globally about the Health Impacts of Toxic Pollution
    A key part of Blacksmith’s agenda is to share our experience on the ground with a larger audience. We do so informally at international conferences and seminars, and formally through two publications: The World’s Worst Pollution Problems, compiled annually; and The Journal of Health and Pollution, an on-line journal of peer reviewed research and news aimed at facilitating discussion of toxic pollution, impacts to human health and strategies for site remediation.

    The World’s Worst Pollution Problems attempted for the first time in 2012 to quantify the scope of the problem in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). This is a groundbreaking effort that marries environmental exposures to health. The annual report receives huge media coverage. Among the more notable: The Lancet, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Toronto Star and The Atlantic.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:57
  • Staff size:20


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:13-4075779

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:134075779
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% RICHARD FULLER
  • Organization Address:475 RIVERSIDE DR RM 860
  • Organization City:NEW YORK
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:10115-0008
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q025
  • Asset Amount:$8,067,922
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$7,890,459
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$7,673,817
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:35:53 pm

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