The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes. Our staff are headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee. Our Board of Directors represents a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region. Our work is made possible by our generous supporters.

Our Work

The Alliance for the Great Lakes connects and empowers people to advocate, give back, and take action to protect the lakes. We accomplish this with three connected approaches:

  • Advocacy & Leadership: We partner with communities and decision makers to develop actionable solutions that protect the lakes and our communities.
  • Education & Action: We empower people and communities to protect the lakes by providing action-oriented information and programs.
  • Research & Analysis: We inform community leaders and guide policy to protect the Great Lakes.

Charity Navigator

Learn more about our impact, our current campaigns, how to get involved, and our staff, board, and finances. We are proud to have received the Charity Navigator 4-star rating, the highest possible, nine years in a row.


Alliance for the Great Lakes staff have deep roots throughout the region. Our staff bring a wide range of expertise and skills to our Great Lakes protection programs.

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Board of Directors

Board members provide critical strategic guidance to the organization and represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

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The Alliance has been working to protect the lakes and our communities since 1970. Read about our impact and our history.

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The Alliance is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. See our IRS Form 990, 501(c)(3) letter, most recent financial audit, and other financial information.

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Annual Report 2019

Our most recent annual report contains a message from Joel Brammeier, President & CEO, a financial review and a donor list, as well as stories from our work last year.

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Looking for a job that rewards your passion for the Great Lakes? Check here regularly for new full- and part-time position and internship listings.

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Privacy Policy

When you support the Alliance, you trust us with your information. Our Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what information we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it.

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