2023 Program Priorities

The Harder Foundation supports organizations and coalitions at the regional, state and local level in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana that advance the following long-term objectives:

Core Geographies

Southeast & Southcentral Alaska

  • Protecting large wild ecosystems with rich biodiversity.
  • Supporting collaborative environmental advocacy structures that protect public lands and waters.

Olympic Peninsula, Pacific Coast and Columbia River Estuary in Washington

  • Protecting and restoring healthy ecosystems and salmon habitat from headwaters to tidewaters.
  • Supporting the development of community leaders and a local constituency for conservation and environmental protection.

High Divide region of Western Montana/Central Idaho

  • Maintaining federal protections for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.
  • Strengthening social acceptance and tolerance of grizzly bears across the region to promote co-existence and allow for safe passage and connectivity.
  • Protecting and restoring healthy ecosystems for all wildlife and communities in the face of climate change.

Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Campaigns

  • Supporting diverse coalitions of organizations and communities fighting new (and expanding) fossil fuel infrastructure that impacts Washington and Oregon.
  • Building on fossil fuel infrastructure campaign successes to galvanize broad public support for state policies that address oil transportation, oil spill response, and climate change.

Public Lands Protection

  • Engaging citizens and strengthening public support for protections of state and federal public lands.
  • Protecting forest ecosystems for the long term benefits they provide of clean water, clean air, biological diversity and climate resilience.

State Environmental Policy

  • Strengthening citizen engagement in environmental policy debates.
  • Supporting organizations and coalitions that set common policy priorities to solve statewide and regional environmental problems.

The Harder Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.