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Cottonwood Foundation awarded $10,277 in grants in 2019:

Buffalo Field Campaign (Montana): $500 - to support replacing some of BFC's summer information and outreach program equipment and associated expenses to educate visitors to Yellowstone National Park about the issues and challenges facing the wild buffalo - http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

Chicken Run Rescue (Minnesota): $500 - to replenish forage ground cover and mulch in the chicken garden area, plant forage for the birds, replace worn rain shelters, and for flood mitigation in the bird rooms and adjacent gardens for this chicken rescue nonprofit - http://www.chickenrunrescue.org/

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (Pennsylvania): $500 - to support CELDF's collaborative work with Rights of Nature Sweden to advance rights of nature law in the country - http://www.celdf.org/

Compassionate Action for Animals (Minnesota): $500 - to help cover the cost of Twin Cities Veg Fest 2019 which encourages the growing interest in plant-based eating in the community, including supporting purchase of a podium for speakers, providing a tent and chairs for attendees to have follow up conversations with speakers, and renting amplification equipment - https://www.exploreveg.org/

Earth Law Center (New York): $500 - to support expenses associated with ELC's work on behalf of the rights of Mexican rivers - https://www.earthlawcenter.org

Friends of Animals (Connecticut): $500 - to support Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program's advocacy and legal efforts to help protect prairie dog populations in Utah - http://www.friendsofanimals.org/

Howling for Wolves (Minnesota): $500 - to help support purchase of colored vinyl flags on a line and two inflatable tube men for a test of their effectiveness in predator deterrence in collaboration with USDA Wildlife Services - http://www.howlingforwolves.org/

Indian Land Tenure Foundation (Minnesota): $500 - to be placed in the National Indian Carbon Coalition fund, as part of an aggregate funding pool designated to assist in the purchase of carbon credits from tribal carbon credit projects currently under development - https://www.iltf.org/

Indigenous Environmental Network (Minnesota): $500 - to contract a graphic designer to create a set of visual graphics highlighting IEN's Indigenous Just Transition principles which can be used on educational materials and a pamphlet which will help disseminate information on IEN's work - http://www.ienearth.org/

Monarch Butterfly Fund (Wisconsin): $500 - to purchase 5,000 seedlings from local community and school nurseries in Mexico, including pines and oyamels, to help reforest the buffer zones around the monarch butterfly reserve in Mexico in collaboration with local community members- http://www.monarchbutterflyfund.org/

Nonhuman Rights Project (Florida): $500 - to help support expenses associated with NhRP's ongoing case in New York on behalf of Happy the elephant - http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/

Our Children's Trust (Oregon): $500 - to support Our Children's Trust's work to enforce the Public Trust duty of government to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere in the context of global climate change, for the benefit of all present and future generations, with this grant supporting expenses in a federal climate recovery lawsuit brought by 21 youth - http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/

Project Coyote (California): $500 - to support expenses associated with continued public film screenings of Project Coyote's film "Killing Games - Wildlife in the Crosshairs" which seeks to end wildlife killing contests - http://www.projectcoyote.org/

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (Minnesota): $500 - to purchase vaccines for rabies, feline distemper, or canine distemper to be used at neuter/spay clinics for companion animals on the Red Lake or other Minnesota Indian reservations - http://www.redlakerosie.org/

Save the Chimps (Florida): $500 - to support chimpanzee behavioral and welfare assessments, including a GoPro camera unit and two cases, which will help Save the Chimps to provide high quality, individualized care for chimpanzee residents of this Florida-based sanctuary - http://www.savethechimps.org/

Southern Plains Land Trust (Colorado): $500 - to help fund land acquisition for permanent protection of 1.5 acres of the 18,160 acre Heartland Ranch, a property with high biodiversity values in southeast Colorado that is home to a wide variety of wildlife- http://www.southernplains.org/

Transition US (California): $500 - for printing and shipping copies of "10 Stories of Transition," which celebrates examples of transition-inspired community actions from around the US and which can stimulate readers into action to build resilience in their own locales - http://www.transitionus.org/

Trees, Water & People (Colorado): $500 - to help purchase an Educational Solar Suitcase to be used for TWP's Solar Warriors Program to empower, educate, and strengthen Tribal communities through social education and social/emotional learning - http://www.treeswaterpeople.org/

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Colorado): $777 - to support land acquisition for one acre of the new 9,694 acre Wild Animal Refuge in southeast Colorado which will provide life-long homes for large exotic and endangered captive wild animals - http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/

WildEarth Guardians (New Mexico): $500 - to refine, print and distribute WildEarth Guardians' activist tool kit to members of electric power cooperatives to enable them to advocate for a shift from coal to local renewable energy - http://www.wildearthguardians.org/

Cottonwood Foundation is now a private foundation

As of January 1, 2013, Cottonwood Foundation has become a private foundation. This transition was made to decrease the time and energy required for fundraising and extensive communication activities.

Cottonwood Foundation's current focus giving areas include community development, environmental protection, empowering indigenous people, and respect and care for animals. We are currently only awarding grants to United States-based organizations.

To research other potential funders, please visit http://cottonwoodfdn.org/howapply.html

From 1992 through 2012, Cottonwood Foundation was a public grantmaking charity. See the final annual report at http://cottonwoodfdn.org/annualrpt.html and newsletters at http://cottonwoodfdn.org/newsletter.html for an archive of the foundation's activities during those years.






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