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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

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expanded

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expanded

President Obama announced the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. The expansion adds 48,000 acres to the current 65,000 acres. The area is an extremely biologically rich region where the Cascade, Great Basin, and Coast Range-Klamath ecosystems come together. Brainerd grantee Soda Mountain Wilderness Council has worked tirelessly for decades to protect this unique place.

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Plans for Washington Coast crude oil export terminal derailed

Plans for Washington Coast crude oil export terminal derailed

The Supreme Court of Washington State has unanimously ruled that plans to locate a rail-fed crude oil export terminal at Hoquiam in Grays Harbor fall under the state's Ocean Resources Management Act. The decision will lead to a full environmental review and will temporarily, if not permanently, halt the project. Brainerd grantees Climate Solutions and Washington Environmental Council have worked hard with the Stand Up to Oil coalition on this issue.

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Washington State rejects proposed coal export terminal

Washington State rejects proposed coal export terminal

The people of Washington have convinced one of the state's most powerful agencies, the Department of Natural Resources, to deny a key approval for the last, largest remaining coal terminal proposal in Longview. The DNR rejected a request to use state-owned land in the Columbia River to build new docks to export coal. Brainerd grantees Climate Solutions, Sightline, and Washington Environmental Council joined the Power Past Coal Coalition to fight for this ruling.

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Meet some of our grantees

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What we're learning as we head toward our Sunset

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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How we're helping to seed new philanthropy

How we're helping to seed new philanthropy

It all began six years ago when we provided seed funding for a philanthropic training program that we hoped would buttress the current investments of existing Northwest environmental funders, as well as spawn new ideas for the challenges that will emerge after our sunset.

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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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