Horizons Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Horizons Foundation primarily funds grantmaking to address the social and environmental problems of the Pacific Northwest. It is particularly interested in the prevention of problems through educational projects and citizen education programs aimed at improving the quality of the environment.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: Established in 1990, the Horizons Foundation is steered by the Hadac family, which has strong ties to Seattle. The late Ralph Hadac, who worked at the Boeing Company and later worked at the University of Washington, served as executive director. The foundation does not maintain a website, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. The Horizons Foundation primarily funds grantmaking to address the social and environmental problems of the Pacific Northwest. It is particularly interested in the prevention of problems through educational projects and citizen education programs aimed at improving the quality of the environment.

Ralph was an enthusiastic environmentalist, and steered the foundation’s work in environmental causes in Washington State.

Grants range from $2,000 to $30,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $1.2 million. Past grantees include Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Climate Solutions, Lands Council, American Rivers, Columbia Institute for Water, Forterra, National Forest Foundation, Skagit Land Trust, and IslandWood, which was “founded as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for our region's children.”

While the foundation keeps a low profile, it is open to proposals. There are no deadlines listed.

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CONTACT:

Steven Hadac, Horizons Foundation
5025 - 25th Ave NE, Ste 206
Seattle, WA 98105