What we're learning as we head toward our sunset

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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

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 ruled that a Forest Service decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks, and drilling rigs miles 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 brought by Brainerd Foundation grantee Earthjustice on behalf several groups, including another grantee, the Idaho Conservation League, which has been working on this issue for well over a decade.

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Coal-burning plant to shut down 2 units and clean up pollution

Coal-burning plant to shut down 2 units and clean up pollution

Decades after water contamination problems first started at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, a court agreement between conservation groups and the facility’s owners will result in far safer disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal ash waste generated by burning coal at the plant. This came on the heels of an agreement to shut down for good two out of four of the plant's generating units. The waste byproduct of burning coal, coal ash contains carcinogens and neurotoxins including arsenic, boron, cadmium, lead, selenium and other contaminants.

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Meet some of our grantees

What we're learning as we head toward our Sunset

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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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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We're spending out, but we're not done yet…

We're spending out, but we're not done yet…

We want to share what we’re learning…what we’re seeing that inspires us, and what keeps us up at night.

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