The Conservation Alliance Contributes a Record $900,000 in Grants to 22 Organizations

September 11, 2019

Summer funding cycle puts group on track to contribute $2 Million in 2019

BEND, Ore. (September 11, 2019) – The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $900,000 to 22 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. This is the organization’s single largest grant disbursal since The Conservation Alliance was founded in 1989. The grants put the organization on track to contribute $2 million in 2019, another record.

The Conservation Alliance membership includes more than 250 outdoor and related businesses that come together around a shared purpose to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund. The Conservation Alliance made donations to 22 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Organization Project  Amount
Alachua Conservation Trust Rise Up for the Santa Fe River Campaign  $    35,000
Audubon Alaska Protect the Arctic Refuge Campaign  $    50,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – National Seal River Watershed Indigenous Protected Area Initiative  $    50,000
Conservation Colorado CORE Act Campaign  $    50,000
Conservation Lands Foundation Campaign for the Gila River, Wild and Scenic  $    45,000
Ducks Unlimited Grayland Acquisition and Protection Project  $    35,000
Grand Canyon Trust Campaign to Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining  $    50,000
Greater Yellowstone Coalition Yellowstone Gateway Land Acquisitions Campaign  $    50,000
Idaho Conservation League Protecting the High Divide Campaign  $    10,000
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center Oregon Wildlands 2.0 Campaign  $    50,000
Montana Wilderness Association Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project  $    45,000
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Greater Chaco Protection Campaign  $    45,000
Oregon Natural Desert Association Protecting Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands  $    50,000
San Juan Citizen’s Alliance San Juan Mountains Wilderness  $    35,000
Save Our Canyons Wild Forests and Connected Watersheds Education Program  $    20,000
Save the Redwoods Protecting the Giants of Giant Sequoia National Monument  $    50,000
The Trust for Public Land Spence Mountain  $    40,000
The Wilderness Land Trust Little Castle Lake-Castle Crags Wilderness Project  $    30,000
Trout Unlimited Sportsmen for the Ruby Mountains  $    45,000
Wallowa Land Trust Campaign for the East Moraine  $    40,000
Washington Wild North Cascades and Puget Sound Headwaters Campaign  $    40,000
Wilderness Workshop Thompson Divide and CORE Act Campaign  $    35,000

Total   $900,000

“In our 30th anniversary year, we are excited to make our largest grant disbursal ever,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “Thanks to the generous support of our members, we’re on track to award a record $2 million in 2018.”

Each project funded during this grant cycle was nominated to submit a grant proposal by a Conservation Alliance member company.  The Conservation Alliance staff and board evaluated 53 proposals and placed 25 projects on a ballot.  The 22 grants awarded in this grant cycle represent the projects that received the most votes from Conservation Alliance member company employees. Collectively, these projects seek to protect more than 19 million acres and 1,046 river miles. The grants cover projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Two of the 22 organizations received funding from The Conservation Alliance for the first time: Alachua Conservation Trust and Ducks Unlimited.

For a complete overview of each grant, visit conservationalliance.com/seasons.

About The Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas. Membership in the Alliance is open to all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $22 million, awarded 650 grants, helped to protect more than 52 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,112 miles of rivers; stop or remove 34 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 14 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com.