The Sierra Fund’s 2009 Annual Report is now available online. What a year—check it out for our program victories, finances, grants and loans made, and dedicated donors.
From CEO Elizabeth Martin:
As money got tighter in 2009, The Sierra Fund got more creative in our own approach to philanthropy. Advised by our Board and Sierra conservation leaders, The Sierra Fund made philanthropic dollars work hard to leverage public funding for vital projects. We raised money from private contributors to provide cash flow loans to key Sierra Nevada conservation organizations during the state grant “freeze”. We fostered a new health services program as well as projects to acquire significant lands along the Yuba River. And, our Donor Advised Funds invested in young leaders, wild rivers and a variety of other important causes.
At the same time, sustained funding from The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, True North Foundation and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment enabled us to pursue our strategic campaign, the Mining’s Toxic Legacy Initiative. We talked to thousands of rural people about how to protect themselves from the potential health and environmental impacts of mining toxins, and helped our California Congressional delegation learn more about and invest in remediating abandoned mines on federal lands. Our cutting-edge work to highlight mining’s toxic legacy is attracting millions of state, federal and philanthropic dollars to this crucial Sierra Nevada environmental justice issue.
Our success is directly attributable to the donors who support our programs.
On behalf of the Sierra Nevada, our gratitude and thanks to the individuals and organizations who make our efforts possible.
For the Sierra,
Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin