OVERVIEW: The Campion Foundation tends to support larger organizations rather than smaller grassroots groups.
IP TAKE: This funder does not award many grants is this space each year; however, it does award grants to support specific projects as well as general operating costs.
PROFILE: Sonya and Tom Campion established the Campion Foundation in 2005. Tom Campion is the founder of the action sports lifestyle brand Zumiez. Taking a catalytic philanthropic approach to their giving, the founders are “[t]hrowing everything we have at our mission to end homelessness, protect wilderness and strengthen nonprofits.” The Campions also operate the Campion Advocacy Fund. Not to be confused with the foundation, the fund “[e]ngages in direct advocacy for change in legislative and political arenas” and is not a grantmaking organization.
The Campion Foundation’s grantmaking to protect wilderness focuses on wilderness systems in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana. It also supports organizations fighting for the permanent protection of the coastal plain of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
Campion grants typically range from $10,000 to $150,000. Past animal and wildlife conservation grantees include the National Audubon Society, which received support for its Pacific Flyway Campaign; and Earthjustice, which received funding for its continued work in the environmental law field, focusing on issues such as preserving wildlife, combating climate change and advancing clean energy. To learn more about Campion grantees, explore its searchable database.
The Campion Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.
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