The Brainerd Foundation

Kayaking Holland Lake in the Swan Valley of Montana, where Brainerd grantees promote an ethic of land stewardship and the conservation of natural resources for future generations. Photo provided by Dale Dufour, for Northwest Connections.

Our Stories

An Organization with Entrepreneurial Roots

The Brainerd Foundation is driven by its trustees' lifelong love of nature and respect for the environment, combined with Paul's entrepreneurial instincts. Paul and Sherry bring a business and venture capital approach to philanthropy, always looking for innovative solutions.

The Brainerd Foundation is sunsetting. Learn more about what this means for our grantees and our giving in the next few years.
Burrowing owl young near Othello.  Photo by Paul Bannick.

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