The Brainerd Foundation

Communal Acorn Woodpeckers in the early morning at Asilomar State Park. Photo provided by Michael Scott, for the Environmental Grantmakers Association.

Our Stories

An Organization with Entrepreneurial Roots

The Brainerd Foundation is driven by its trustees' lifelong love of nature and respect for the environment, combined with Paul's entrepreneurial instincts. Paul and Sherry bring a business and venture capital approach to philanthropy, always looking for innovative solutions.

The Brainerd Foundation is sunsetting. Learn more about what this means for our grantees and our giving in the next few years.
 Photo by Gordon Darrow.

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