Investing in West-Wide Land Conservation

Using flexible financing to protect and restore ecologically important lands and corridors, and scale innovative models of ecosystem management across the Western United States.

In addition to our support for the California Conservation Innovations program of RLF, the Foundation makes Mission Investments (MI) which offer flexible financing to support land conservation efforts in the Western United States. Through a variety of investment tools including bridge loans, investment funds and social enterprises, these MIs provide a significant opportunity to bring new resources, new thinking, scale, and sustainability to organizations that are driving change.

Over the years, the Foundation’s low-interest MI loans have provided affordable financing for conservation acquisition and restoration projects in advance of available public financing, built the capacity and sophistication of many land trusts, and greatly leveraged philanthropic grant funding available for conservation. As an impact-first investor, the highest return we seek is social and environmental impact to advance our grantmaking strategies.

We envision a future where deeply impactful and innovative investments are integral to philanthropic funders work and prevalent throughout the mission investing field. We want our investees to thrive, seize time sensitive opportunities, and scale efforts for maximum impact; and we want to continue to collaborate with other investors to move the needle on the issues that were so important to our founders, including land conservation.

Our People

Walt Reid

Vice President, Environment and Science

Kathy Hesse

Program Associate

How to Get Support

If your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, and you are seeking Mission Investment support for a land conservation project in Western North America, please send a brief project description to the Foundation staff listed on this page, or submit it using the grant inquiry form.