What we're learning as we head toward our sunset

How we're helping
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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

High Divide stakeholders recognized for groundbreaking work

High Divide stakeholders recognized for groundbreaking work

A recent article in Western Confluence magazine shines the spotlight on several Brainerd grantees, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Ruby Valley Conservation District, Headwaters Economics, the Blackfoot Challenge, and People and Carnivores. The author offers an excellent analysis of the absolute necessity of factoring in working lands in wildlife conservation and demonstrates the solutions-based work of ranchers in the High Divide, one of the Brainerd Foundation's place-based focus areas.

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Judge to EPA: protect people from weak water pollution standards

Judge to EPA: protect people from weak water pollution standards

In a win for clean water, a federal judge recently imposed a tight deadline on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize new anti-pollution water quality rules that must ensure fish caught and eaten from Washington State waters are safe for the most vulnerable and exposed populations. Brainerd grantee Earthjustice represented the Washington groups who brought the case.

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Idaho Wilderness safe from mining threat

Idaho Wilderness safe from mining threat

A U.S. District Court has ruled that a USFS decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy heavy equipment inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The case was won by Brainerd Foundation grantee Earthjustice on behalf several groups, including another grantee, the Idaho Conservation League.

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Meet some of our grantees

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What we're learning as we head toward our sunset

A group in Montana used our foundation as fundraising bait.

A group in Montana used our foundation as fundraising bait.

Some people who opposes 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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Turning red hearts green

Turning red hearts green

The story of how one local open space measure became the watershed event that set the stage for a new generation of conservation champions in Idaho.

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3 ways to support the next gen of environmental leaders

3 ways to support the next gen of environmental leaders

We've been hearing for years that baby boomers are going to retire, leaving a void in the leadership of organizations. Well, that time is coming. And the Brainerd Foundation wants to make sure my generation is ready to take the reins.

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