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Annual Report 2008

2008 Message from the President of the Board of Trustees

2008 had a dual personality for the NW Fund for the Environment. The beginning of the year brought us an exciting grant round filled with new ideas for furthering the work we have been supporting for years. However, similar to many of our peers and the nation, the collapse of the financial markets over the summer and into the fall has dramatically altered the landscape for our future funding. Our endowment has suffered a significant decline and the Board of Directors has had to work extensively with our staff to address this crisis in a way that is responsive to the community to the largest extent possible.

To this end we are announcing several changes to our granting for the foreseeable future. The first is that our awards will now be capped at $20,000 for our 16 month standard grants. The second is a reconfiguration of our Small Grants Program to a Community Response Fund. The goals of this Fund are to make grants of up to $3,000 for several purposes: 1) to provide support to community and grassroots groups throughout the state who are working in our Program areas, and whose work enhances the greater programmatic goals within our program areas; and 2) to respond to emergent issues or unique opportunities; and 3) to increase access to resources by providing more frequent opportunities for small annual grants with an expedited application process. For more information please see our website.

In the spring we welcomed our newest Trustee Jennifer Dold. Jennifer is a land-use attorney from Bricklin Newman Dold, LLP who brings a wealth of experience in land-use issues and non-profit management to our Board. She is a great addition to the board.

On behalf of the trustees and staff of the NW Fund, I want to thank all of our grantees for their efforts to protect and conserve the natural resources of Washington State. While we are frustrated by the current economic climate and concerned what it means for the community, we will endeavor to do all we can to help.

Sincerely,
David S Mann, President