Turning 1,000 cups of coffee into political inevitability A veteran public land advocate's perspective on the 2019 Natural Resources Management Act

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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

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Conservation policy

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

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Place-based conservation

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Place-based conservation

Landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment.

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Conservation capacity

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Conservation capacity

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

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Recent successes

Jumbo Valley to stay wild

The Jumbo Valley in the Purcell Mountains of southeast British Columbia. via Wildsight

Jumbo Valley to stay wild

The Ktunaxa Nation Council has received approval from Environment and Climate Change Canada for funding to develop an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area more than 2-1/2 times the size of New York City in the Qat'muk area of the central Purcell Mountain range, including the Jumbo Valley, one of North America's most important wildlife corridors.

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Peel Watershed Protected

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Peel Watershed Protected

In the Yukon, the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan was signed by all parties. New protections will now affect an area more than six times the size of Yellowstone National Park, in all, about 17% of the Yukon Territory. The Yukon Government and the Peel First Nations will implement the land use plan together.

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Canada passes new oil tanker moratorium

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Canada passes new oil tanker moratorium

Crude oil tankers are now formally banned from the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Coastal First Nations were leaders in the campaign to get the tanker ban passed, having declared a ban on oil tankers in their territories years ago, under their own laws. They have been at the forefront of the movement to formalize this ban in Canadian law.

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What we've learned

When making grants, do the analysis—but trust instinct, too.

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When making grants, do the analysis—but trust instinct, too.

In this Chronicle of Philanthropy opinion piece, our founder, Paul Brainerd, shares his grantmaking philosophy. He advises grantmakers to make space for honest dialogue with grantees, look for the gaps, and invest in leadership potential.

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Letting go...and moving forward

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Letting go...and moving forward

After 23 years, moving an office is about more than furniture and boxes. For our co-director, Keiki Kehoe, it was also about reflecting on more than two decades of work and experiencing firsthand what our grantees have been telling us for a while now -- that the very nature of the workplace is changing.

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How Paul Brainerd's extraordinary career went from revolutionizing publishing to empowering enviros.

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How Paul Brainerd's extraordinary career went from revolutionizing publishing to empowering enviros.

Our founder Paul Brainerd was featured in this special GeekWire series focused on important community issues, innovative solutions to societal challenges, and people and nonprofit groups making an impact through technology.

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