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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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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Hope is not a strategy. A champion is.

Hope is not a strategy. A champion is.

We asked our colleague Rick Johnson to share one of the big lessons his organization (a long-time Brainerd grantee) has learned about making conservation progress in a deeply red state. Here's his story.

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A group in Montana used our foundation as fundraising bait.

A group in Montana used our foundation as fundraising bait.

Some people who oppose the work of one of our grantees called our donations dark money, which reminded us that transparency is one of our core values and that we're not hiding anything.

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Turning red hearts green

Turning red hearts green

The story of how one local open space measure became the watershed event that set the stage for a new generation of conservation champions in Idaho.

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The most important lesson I've learned in 25 years of grantmaking

The most important lesson I've learned in 25 years of grantmaking

People put their life energy into creative ways to better the world. How do we, as funders, support them beyond dollars given?

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We're spending out, but we're not done yet…

We're spending out, but we're not done yet…

We want to share what we're learning... what we're seeing that inspires us, and what keeps us up at night.

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