Environment

Environmental stewardship for this and future generations

The Jubitz Family Foundation (JFF) believes in supporting grassroots nonprofit organizations to protect and restore natural forest and natural habitats throughout Oregon. We are inspired by the tireless work of activists to promote visionary change that will improve these ecosystems for the benefit people, fish, and wildlife.

A man fishing in the Rogue River at Red Flat in Curry County.

Why forests and freshwater as a focus?

Healthy free flowing rivers and streams are the circulatory system that drives recovery. Adequate water quality and quantity in rivers and streams is important in the face of climate change. Oregon has had extreme drought and flooding in the past five years, making communities and imperiled fish and wildlife vulnerable. We therefore want to support nonprofit grassroots organizations that are figuring out new innovative ways of tackling the water challenge.

A special opportunity also exists for nonprofits advancing progressive solutions to protect Oregon’s forest habitats. Almost half of Oregon is covered by forest. Decision-makers are deciding how to change management practices on many of these forests, requiring active citizen engagement.

Overall, we will support proposals that serve to measurably improve habitat conditions for forest and freshwater habitats throughout Oregon.

Pictured above: A man fishing in the Rogue River at Red Flat in Curry County.

What is the anchor opportunity?

The JFF anchor opportunity will fund a network of no more than ten regional environmental grassroots organizations in Oregon to protect and recover habitats. Any organization that believes it fits the description of an anchor can apply in the spring docket cycle. Each anchor organization, chosen by the Trustees in the spring docket, will receive a base grant of up to $10,000 and also be invited to a daylong fall retreat to discuss the top environmental issues with the other anchor organizations and the Trustees, consultants, and staff of The Jubitz Family Foundation.

Criteria:

  1. Regional nonprofit environmental organization located in Oregon (not statewide).
  2. An active volunteer grassroots base.
  3. Effort to improve management policies that protect and recover natural habitats.
  4. Visionary work that is relevant and serves as a replicable model.
  5. Collaborates well with other environmental organizations.
  6. Strong staff and volunteer leadership.

Anchor organizations for 2017

JFF is proud to present ten anchor organizations for 2017 that the Trustees believe represent a commitment to grassroots efforts to protect habitat in local communities throughout Oregon.

Map of all 2017 anchor organizations