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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

Alaska's Susitna River to Remain Wild and Free-Flowing

Alaska's governor has announced that the state will abandon efforts to put a mega hydroelectric dam on the wild Susitna River. Years of tireless advocacy from the Susitna River Coalition, Trout Unlimited, the Alaska Center for the Environment, and others, lead the overwhelming public opposition campaign. The Susitna, the nation's fourth longest undammed river, is also home to Alaska's fourth largest king salmon run.

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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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Court Rules Alaska Coal Mining Permit Terminated

The U.S. District Court has issued a decision protecting the Matanuska Valley from unpermitted coal mining. The Court rejected the Office of Surface Mining’s (OSM) conclusion that a permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hill coal mine was valid. This is the final decision in a lawsuit that Brainerd grantee Trustees for Alaska filed last year to protect the Matanuska Valley and its communities from the harmful impacts of coal strip mining.

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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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