Sustainable Development in the Great Bear Rainforest: David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund et al., 2000

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)



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Nearly 60 percent of the world’s coastal temperate rainforests have already been logged, and the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada composes fully one quarter of all that remains.
In early 2000, an unprecedented opportunity arose for all relevant stakeholders to work together for a broadly acceptable sustainable development plan in the Boreal. Recognizing that the most important work was just about to begin, environmental groups sought the aid of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Foundation’s trustees approved almost immediately an out-of-cycle grant of $2 million. The environmental groups would put half of this up immediately as capital to show their timber industry counterparts that they were serious about finding a workable solution. The second half would help the Foundation’s grantee organizations—which were composed of passionate campaigners, not savvy negotiators—to develop internally. In addition, the Packard Foundation has engaged other funders—including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund—in building a coalition to protect the Great Bear Rainforest.



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