With more than 25 years of experience as the chairman of Associated Capital, Inc., Jay Zises was also the founder and initial investor of Esquire Bank. Jay Zises supports a number of charitable causes, including the Peconic Land Trust and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Established in 1967, the Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to solving the most pressing environmental issues facing the world through its core values of innovation, integrity, optimism, respect, and results. Growing out of the effort to ban the use of the pesticide DDT, the organization has a history of making a positive impact, including the successful advocacy for chemical safety law reform and helping to save vulnerable wildlife with a habitat exchange program. To find the best solutions to environmental problems, the EDF takes a comprehensive approach to create lasting change.
Interested parties can support the Environmental Defense Fund through both monetary donations and by taking environmental action. By leveraging the efforts of its 1.5 million members, the EDF’s environmental action primarily takes the form of legislative advocacy. With regular updates and calls to action to address the needs of at-risk groups throughout the country, the organization gives its members the resources to contact their legislators and urge them to take steps to protect the environment.