President’s Message Fall 2023

As 2023 comes to end I am very happy to report on a few very exciting developments at The Harder Foundation:

First, I am really pleased to advise that Betsy Buffington has joined our Board of Directors and is our first new Trustee in over 25 years. With an amazing background in conservation advocacy Betsy brings an incredible skill set and wealth of experience to our grant program.

Second, Tim Stevens will be joining our Program Team early in 2024 and will assume responsibility for our grant making in the Northern Rockies, which has been largely focused on grizzly bear advocacy and conservation efforts in the High Divide area of Montana. Historically, this program work was managed mostly by me; but Tim, with his own amazing background (most recently at the Kendeda Fund), will bring a much-enhanced level of experience to help power our work here for the immediate future.

And lastly, despite lower assets levels resulting from a more challenging investment environment of the last couple of years, we have decided to maintain the same level of grant funding as 2022 — $1,500,000. This continues to be the “high water” mark for our annual grant spend.

In closing, and as always, we would like to express our thanks and continued gratefulness to all our grantees and the incredible work they perform each day in trying to make the world a better place.

John