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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

Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

Canada's National Energy Board had approved expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, claiming the acknowledged likely negative impact on critically endangered southern-resident killer whales was beyond it's scope. The national Court of Appeals disagrees, revoking approval of the project, a ruling hailed on both sides of the border by First Nations, U.S. tribes, environmental advocates.

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Community Groups force EPA to end delay of Chemical Disaster Rule

Community Groups force EPA to end delay of Chemical Disaster Rule

Community groups, represented by Earthjustice, won key protections that safeguard the public and first responders from chemical disasters. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay of implementation of EPA’s Chemical Disaster Rule was unlawful. Industry will now need to implement the life-saving protections of that rule.

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Court overturns denial of endangered species protection for Montana's grayling

Court overturns denial of endangered species protection for Montana's grayling

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of endangered species protection for Montana Arctic grayling was unlawful and ordered the agency to reconsider protection for the rare fish. The Fish and Wildlife Service first determined the grayling warranted endangered status in 1994, but continuously delayed protections. In 2014 the agency denied protection outright.

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What we're learning as we head toward our Sunset

How do we win against weaponized chaos?

How do we win against weaponized chaos?

One year into the current — very strange — political reality, and inspired by David Domke, we asked the experts at Resource Media to share their advice for nonprofit communicators in this time of the “new normal.” Their recommendations were not silver bullets, but rather rock solid reminders of the lessons we must continue to reinforce.

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Public Lands, Common Ground: How an experimental program in Oregon is empowering new voices for conservation

Public Lands, Common Ground: How an experimental program in Oregon is empowering new voices for conservation

Learn more about how one of our grantees is channeling new interest in keeping public lands in public hands, experimenting with sharing power, and including more diverse communities in the process.

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Can nonprofits design our way to a better future?

Can nonprofits design our way to a better future?

One of our grantees has adopted a toolkit used by the for-profit product development world, and it seems to be working. In this interview with Hope Rippeon of the League of Conservation Voters, she explains how design thinking is pushing her organization to choose, prioritize, develop, and evaluate real solutions.

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