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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

B.C. leaders approve a new water sustainability act

In British Columbia, a coalition of conservation organizations succeeded in securing passage of a new Water Sustainability Act. Described by the Environment Minister as a "historic achievement for British Columbia," the new act replaces it's predecessor, enacted 104 years ago when the population of the province was only 350,000. In those years, the population has swelled to 4.6 million.

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British Columbia's Sacred Headwaters protected from unwise coal development

In B.C., conservation groups successfully advocated for the provincial government to remove the near-term threat of coal development by buying out privately-held licenses in the Sacred Headwaters. The area is important to the Tahltan Nation because it is home to the headwaters of three important salmon rivers – the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. The arrangement requires developers of a proposed coal mine to negotiate with the Tahltan Nation before they can buy back their lease.

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Drilling leases cancelled in sacred Badger-Two Medicine region

Brainerd Foundation grantee Earthjustice recently helped secure the U.S. Department of Interior's cancellation of oil and gas leases in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine region, much to the relief of the Blackfeet Tribe and Montana sportsmen. The site of the Blackfeet creation story, the 130,000-acre area borders Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

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Recent Medium.com posts

4 things our foundation learned last year about supporting effective advocacy

4 things our foundation learned last year about supporting effective advocacy

With our foundation's sunset in sight, we decided to step back and reflect on what it takes to be effective in today's social and political environment.

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New technology for #newPower campaigns

New technology for #newPower campaigns

Smart organizations are taking advantage of the democratization of media with 'open source' campaigns that invite supporters to participate on their terms.

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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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