The Brainerd Foundation

Kayaking Holland Lake in the Swan Valley of Montana, where Brainerd grantees promote an ethic of land stewardship and the conservation of natural resources for future generations. Photo provided by Dale Dufour, for Northwest Connections.

Our Stories

Bridging the Divide

As the foundation prepares to sunset in the next decade, it is increasingly shifting its focus to developing citizen capacity to build a sustainable and more effective conservation movement.

The Brainerd Foundation is sunsetting. Learn more about what this means for our grantees and our giving in the next few years.
Sunset and beargrass from Abercrombie-Hooknose Roadless Area in northeastern Washington, a part of the Colville National Forest that Conservation Northwest hopes Congress will designate as protected wilderness.  Photo by Eric Zamora.

Brainerd Recommends

Tell Us Something We Don't Already Know

This national study first tells us the obvious: nonprofits frequently get stuck in a viscious cycle of high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions. But then, it describes why and how to break the cycle. Read more