Educating in perilous times: preparing tomorrow's change agents

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The Brainerd Foundation is a Northwest-focused family foundation that provides funding and expertise so nonprofits, communities, and decision-makers can better protect our region's air, land, and water.

Funding

We fund organizations that protect the environment of the Northwest and build broad support for conservation.

Conservation policy

Conservation policy

Policy gains that ensure protection of our region's air, land, and water.

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Place-based conservation

Place-based conservation

Landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment.

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Conservation capacity

Conservation capacity

Building upon past investments and growing the next generation of conservation.

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Recent successes

Chuitna Coal Mine Shelved

Chuitna Coal Mine Shelved

After nearly a decade of dedicated advocacy by thousands of Alaskans in support of healthy fisheries, cultural preservation, and community sustainability, the company behind what would have been the largest strip mine in Alaska has suspended its pursuit of permitting. Thousands of Alaskans have spoken out against this project that would have traded wild salmon for low-grade coal. The Brainerd Foundation supported the work of Cook Inletkeeper and the Alaska Center on this issue.

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Court orders more water for endangered salmon

Court orders more water for endangered salmon

A federal court has ruled that operators at 8 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018. The judge found that current operation is causing continued irreparable harm to imperiled salmon and steelhead and that increased spill indisputably provides safer passage for juvenile salmon navigating the heavily dammed Columbia-Snake River Basin. The Brainerd Foundation supports the work of Earthjustice on this issue.

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Gateway abandons Cherry Point coal plans

Gateway abandons Cherry Point coal plans

Backers of the Gateway Pacific Terminal withdrew their applications to build a 48-million-ton-per-year coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington. This conclusive victory comes after the Army Corps of Engineers acknowledged that the coal terminal would violate the Lummi Nation's treaty-protected fishing rights. The Brainerd Foundation has supported the work of Climate Solutions and Washington Environmental Council on this issue.

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Meet some of our grantees

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What we're learning as we head toward our Sunset

What happens when a sleeping giant wakes?

What happens when a sleeping giant wakes?

In this Medium post, the Brainerd Foundation is pleased to highlight the work of our colleagues at the Conservation Alliance. Their work in defense of public lands is an object lesson in what 21st Century advocacy can look like.

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Finding a place under the big tent

Finding a place under the big tent

The Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, a program operated by Social Venture Partners and funded by the Brainerd Foundation, was inspired by Paul Brainerd’s belief in the importance of passing the baton to a new generation of conservation philanthropists. Here’s the story of one participant’s philanthropic journey.

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What this moment demands of philanthropy

What this moment demands of philanthropy

These are extraordinary times for our country. At the Brainerd Foundation, we are focused on protecting the environment in the Pacific Northwest, but we recognize the challenge of this moment goes well beyond our air, land, and water.

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