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.

Examples

We offer a few examples of the type of organizations funded in the past by JFF that may fit our future funding focus. Please note there are no guarantees of funding for any organization, even those listed as examples.

Pacific Rivers

For thirty years, Pacific Rivers (PR) has worked to develop and establish sound environmental policies that protect rivers and clean water resources across the West. PR believes that in order to protect clean water it must protect the lands that are connected by rivers. PR utilizes sound science to develop policy proposals and build campaigns that engage citizens and stakeholders about decisions related to land and river management. PR supports its policy work by producing information through images, films and short videos and sharing this information with the public via social media, public screenings and online distribution. PR has had success in establishing policies like the Northwest Forest Plan’s Aquatic Conservation Strategy, which provides stream protections on over 24 million acres of public land.

Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center

The Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild) takes an ecosystem-wide approach to public lands and freshwater conservation in southwest Oregon. To protect this region’s freshwater habitats, KS Wild engages in decision-making processes that impact the region’s public lands and watersheds. KS Wild’s expert staff and active volunteer base utilize a conservation toolkit that includes environmental law, collaboration, stewardship, community organizing, and policy advocacy across over four million of acres of public land and waterways. KS Wild also works in coalition with allied organizations and businesses to build a movement for conservation and sustainable management of the public lands and watersheds in this world-class region.

Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper works to protect clean water and healthy communities. This includes stopping illegal pollution, protecting habitat, and defending our region and climate from coal, oil, and natural gas export terminals. Columbia Riverkeeper combines strategic legal work, grassroots organizing, and coalition building to run high-profile, successful campaigns.