The Weeden Foundation
Since the Foundation’s inception, it has had a strong interest in conservation work both domestically and abroad. The Foundation’s primary mission has been to protect biodiversity. It has helped preserve more than 6 million acres of biologically important habitat worldwide and has financed hundreds of small, environmental organizations in its efforts to protect habitat and stop environmentally unsound practices. Grantmaking is focused on mature forest ecosystems, riparian corridors, and riverine/aquatic environments of demonstrated ecological significance. There’s also a strong orientation toward facilitating the designation – and enhanced management – of protected areas, including national parks and private reserves. Currently the Foundation is particularly interested in protecting the temperate rainforest habitat along the coast of northern California to Alaska and Chilean Patagonia. In addition, it has supported or currently supports projects in environmentally sensitive regions of the western United States, central Russia, Bolivia, Namibia, Mexico, and various Caribbean nations. Along with efforts to protect biodiversity directly, the Foundation has made many grants to reducing domestic consumption and stabilizing population. The Foundation’s consumption program currently focuses on sustainable paper consumption and production. The Foundation currently encourages potential applicants to submit a letter of inquiry via e-mail or regular mail before presenting a full proposal. Additional information on each of the programs as well as the timing of the deadlines can be found on the Web site.
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