We believe that natural spaces are vital to the health and well-being of individuals, local communities, and the common good – and that people who feel connected to the outdoors will actively protect our shared natural resources.

Our Aspiration

  • Ensure that all people have access to natural spaces and the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing they provide.
  • Increasing opportunities for youth to participate in outdoor activities.
  • Encourage lifelong stewards of nature as well as active lifestyles.

Submit a Letter of Inquiry

While the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are welcome. We most actively review LOIs in January/February and July/August for board meetings in June and December. However, you may submit an LOI at any point throughout the year.

General Guidance for Prospective Grantees

  • We focus on funding organizations that are aligned with our mission and are working to address deep, meaningful needs that they are uniquely positioned to meet.
  • We only fund 501(c)(3) organizations, in good standing.
  • Although we sometimes fund select national organizations, we generally fund organizations working in Minnesota, Dallas, Northern San Francisco Bay Area / Marin County, and the Vail Valley.
  • We are committed to funding programs that support the advancement of women and girls.
  • We are NOT accepting requests for: capital improvements, endowments, or scientific research.

Specific Guidance for Environment Focus Area

  • We focus on funding organizations that are uniquely positioned to realize significant components of our focus-area aspiration (above).
  • We are committed to funding programs that serve youth from under-served and under-resourced communities, particularly girls and young women.
To learn more about our grantees, please view our annual report.