Campion Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Campion Foundation’s conservation grantmaking focuses on the protecting wilderness and wilderness systems.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants to support specific projects as well as general operating costs. It also tends to prioritize large over smaller, grassroots organizations.

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 Campion’s 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 environmental conservation grantees include the Alaska Wilderness League, which received funding for its work protecting wilderness in Alaska; and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, which received a grant for its work protecting the Scotchman Peaks. 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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