FUNDING AREAS: Endangered species
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IP TAKE: Doling out his time between getting kids interested in outdoor activities, his youth conservation center and a bison project (yes, bison) Turner is busier than most foundation directors in any capacity. Getting in touch with him may take quite a bit of legwork.
PROFILE: Reed Beauregard Turner, who goes by Beau, is the son of media mogul Ted Turner and shares his father's love of the outdoors, as well as his desire to restore as much of the planet as he can to its former beauty. To accomplish that, he's working to spread the families enormous wealth into programs that help bring nature back to the forefront of people's lives once again.
A graduate of the Citadel military college in South Carolina, Turner now finds himself at what he hopes is the center of an environmental renaissance. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and also serves as Turner Enterprises, Inc.'s Director of Natural Resources and Biodiversity in addition to his role as Director of the Turnder Foundation.
He also donated 160 acres of his family's land to found the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (BTYCC) in Florida back in 2008. The BTYCC's goal is to make children excited about outdoor activity again, by introducing them to fishing, archery, camping and even hunting. But the center is also powered by solar panels, so they get a lesson in alternative energy, as well. By bringing together all of those elements, Turner hopes to bridge the gap between various aspects of the culture, and to get kids away from their electronic gadgets, like computers and video games.
Though the Turner Foundation has an invitation-only grants policy, and it does not take open-ended grant proposals, they makes hundreds of grants every year, with almost all of the money going to nonprofits that benefit the environment. The Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF), which Beau Turner runs as its Chairman of the Board of Trustees, has as a specific mission the conservation of biodiversity by protecting endangered species and their habitats. Their efforts are concentrated on carnivores, grasslands, plant-pollinator complexes, and those species that have historically inhabited properties owned by the Turner family.