Our Impact

People power for the win

Together with our non-profit partners, Fund for the Public Interest has a proven track record of success. Below are just two examples of the countless results we've helped win.

U.S. PIRG & the Fund: Saving the effectiveness of antibiotics

We rely on antibiotics to treat infections, but misuse and overuse of these life-saving medicines are breeding antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" — which that now kill at least 23,000 people every year, and make millions more sick. Some of the biggest offenders? Factory farms that use them on livestock and poultry. So, in 2014, U.S. PIRG began calling on the restaurants that buy from factory farms to stop serving meat raised on routine antibiotics.

Since then, the Fund has been integral in helping U.S. PIRG build consumer support around this issue — which has led to important progress. In early 2015, we helped convince McDonald’s to stop serving chicken raised on routine antibiotics. Then Subway and KFC also made commitments. In the summer of 2018, we focused our efforts on rallying people to call on McDonald’s to make a commitment to phase out antibiotics from its entire supply chain. On Dec. 11, 2018, after we talked to more than 500,000 people and gathered more than 100,000 signatures, McDonald’s announced that it would monitor the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain and set reduction targets by 2020.

Now we’re calling on Wendy’s and other major restaurants and industrial farms to follow McDonald’s lead and transform the way we raise meat in our country to protect public health. With your help, we could see an industry-wide change.

Environment America & the Fund: Standing up for solar in the states

Millions of Americans want to go solar to repower our lives and our communities with clean, renewable energy—but some utilities and the fossil fuel industry are trying to throw new obstacles in the way. That’s why Environment America took action to defend the pro-solar policies that have made solar cheaper and easier to install, and to convince more states to enact them.

Environment America called on the Fund to go door-to-door to build the support needed to stand up for solar. We held thousands of conversations with people across the country, and they joined us in calling on our leaders to support bringing more solar power to our communities.

We’ve helped win pro-solar policies in more than a dozen states now, from Arizona to Massachusetts. And our hard work is paying off: Solar power is booming across the country, as the United States now generates 39 times more energy from the sun than we did just 10 years ago.

“The Fund helped us reach hundreds of thousands of people about the need to protect clean water. Their work was integral in passing the Clean Water Rule that protects drinking water for 117 million Americans and defending the rule against numerous polluter-driven attacks.”

— John Rumpler, Clean Water Program Director, Environment America

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