The Endowment will focus on a small number of major initiatives to bring about "systemic, transformative, sustainable change" that benefits the sustainability of forests and the viability of timber-reliant communities across the U.S.In all of our work we will seek observable and/or measurable results.
Broad areas of emphasis as set-forth in our Certificate of Incorporation include:
Educational and charitable causes in timber-reliant communities; and
Educational and public interest projects addressing forestry management issues that affect timber-reliant communities or the sustainability of forests as sources of building materials, wildlife habitat, bio-energy, recreation or other values.
To identify partners to achieve our purposes, the Endowment may:
Issues a Request for Proposals (RFPs) identifying a specific area of interest; and/or
Seek out specific organizations with experience and expertise regarding a single topic or theme.
Once we have stated our interest in a given topic -- either through a RFP or direct contact -- the Endowment will accept pre-proposals. This abbreviated document should serve as an executive summary of the approach that the potential partner would take to address the topic at hand including broad budgetary needs, timelines, methods, expected outcomes, and measures of success.
All pre-proposals must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format (non-PDF).
Contacting all respondents to let them know their status – whether approved or not – has been a standard part of our practice from day one. Endowment Staff will contact individual respondents using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this email address to your email account's "friend" list or "not spam" email list to ensure that no notifications are sent to spam/blocked from your inbox.
All Endowment programmatic investments will be made within the boundaries of the United States.Eligible projects must fall with localities that consist of, and are supported by, working forests as defined by the terms sustainable forestry and forest-dependant or timber-reliant communities (see below).
Current Areas of Focus
At present, the Endowment is focusing its efforts, to the maximum practical extent, at the intersection of two broad areas:
Sustainable forestry; and
Initiatives that benefit timber-reliant communities.
In this regard, we have developed the following definitions to aid prospective partners.
Sustainable forestry:the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic, cultural and social functions, at local, national and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems.
Forest-dependent, forest-reliant or timber-reliant communities:any community, place or region that relies significantly on forestry, wood products and related activities.
The Endowment will not make investments to or in:
scholarships or tuition assistance
unrestricted support of educational programs at any level