What We Fund
The Foundation embraces the protection of biodiversity as its overarching priority.
The Foundation protects biodiversity directly in four geographical program areas.
- Alaska – In Southeastern Alaska, we focus on the Tongass National Forest by maintaining Clinton-era Roadless Rule protections and expanding other protections such as wilderness designations.
- Klamath-Siskiyou – The Klamath-Sikiyou Bioregion grantmaking, primarily in Northern California, focuses on establishing new wilderness protections, improving the ecological integrity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and restoring the Klamath River watershed.
- Montana – Focused in the High Divide in SW Montana this program area mainly aims to identify and protect wildlife corridors, reduce livestock-carnivore conflict, and to expand critical habitat for endangered species.
- 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.
On a more general scale the Foundation supports the following focus areas.
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’s Packaging 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 packaging 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.
The Foundation recently established a new program area of Climate Crisis Activism reflecting the importance of the climate change movement.
The Foundation partnered with 1% for the Planet and RESOLVE to create a fund for high priority habitat acquisitions for the purpose of protecting biodiversity. The Quick Response Fund for Nature was launched in February 2015.
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.