What We Fund
The Foundation‘s overarching mission is to protect biodiversity. The Foundation protects biodiversity directly in four geographical focus areas: 1) Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion in Northern California; 2) High Divide in SW Montana; 3) Tongass National Forest in Southeastern Alaska; and 4) Chilean Patagonia. The Foundation supplements its specific geographical protections with advocacy support at the U.S. national policy level for wildlife corridors, the Endangered Species Act, and additional wilderness designation.
To address the adverse impact of economic and human population growth on biodiversity, the Foundation’s grantmaking includes both Consumption and Population programs.
The Foundation recognizes the dire threat of anthropogenic climate change to ecosystems and biodiversity and addresses this threat through its place-based program efforts, which counter deforestation and expand protection of large intact forests that help to stabilize the climate. Our Environmental Paper program works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by forest industries. Recognizing the importance of the growing youth climate movement, the Foundation recently established a new program area, Climate Crisis Activism.
Within the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion (in primarily Northern California), grantmaking focuses on establishing new wilderness protections, improving the ecological integrity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and restoring the Klamath River watershed. The Montana High Divide program area mainly aims to identify and protect wildlife corridors, reduce livestock-carnivore conflict, and to expand critical habitat for endangered species. The Tongass Forest program area is currently focused on maintaining Clinton-era Roadless Rule protections and expanding other protections such as wilderness designations. In Chilean Patagonia, the Foundation promotes the expansion and institutionalization of private land conservation initiatives, with a focus on protecting endangered watersheds, and counters threats such as dams, industrial forestry, salmon aquaculture, and mining projects.
The Foundation’s Consumption Program currently focuses on promoting greater use of environmental paper. Grantmaking in this area aims to broaden the market for environmental papers and packaging through markets campaigns, shareholder activism, consumer-targeted education, and dialogue with the corporate sector. This year we have expanded our consumption program to include efforts to reduce plastics in the waste stream, through strategies such as eliminating single use plastic disposables by promoting reusable packaging for grocery stores, take-out, and delivery.
The Foundation’s International Population Program includes advocacy for increased funding for family planning and other interventions necessary to lower birthrates. In Latin America it funds efforts to liberalize the region’s abortion laws, and in Africa it funds family planning communication strategies such as radio soap operas. This program also promotes increased dialogue on the population issue through online advocacy, books, studies, and other media.
In brief, the Foundation engages in the following ten program areas: Tongass National Forest in Alaska; Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion; High Divide (Northern Rockies); Chilean Patagonia; National Biodiversity initiatives (Policy and Litigation); International Biodiversity; Bird Conservation; Climate Crisis Activism; Sustainable Consumption (Paper and Plastics); and, International Population.
Please note that the Foundation has recently closed five program areas: Altai Republic (Russia), Bolivia, K-12 Environmental Education, Leadership Training for Environmental Activism; and Domestic Population.