The Pew Charitable Trusts manages initiatives related to culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy, and religion. This grant will support the Trusts' Environment Group to carry on its work with the International Boreal Conservation Campaign to protect the Canadian Boreal Forest, the largest intact forest in the world, at 1.2 billion acres. The Boreal not only provides breeding habitat to hundreds of species of North American birds and a home for millions of animals, it contains half the world's fresh water and sequesters twice the carbon per acre as tropical forests. The Hewlett Foundation has supported Boreal protection work since 2005. During that time, 400 million acres have been set aside. In 2011, the Boreal Conservaton Campaign expects to secure another 145 million acres and secure preliminary or final designations for an additional 10 million acres of new national parks and protected areas. With this grant, they would also begin the implementation of a 2010 agreement with the Forest Products Association of Canada that will protect 70 million acres of land currently covered by timber leases and apply sustainable timber practices to another 100 million acres.
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for exploration of collaborative grantmaking on elections
The Pew Charitable Trusts is working with a small group of funding partners to strengthen the bedrock of American democracy: our elections. There are promising opportunities to scale proven solutions and pursue nonpartisan reform, but the scale is beyond what any single actor can tackle. Therefore, The Pew Charitable Trusts is assessing the viability of a multidonor philanthropic project to improve access to, the integrity of, and belief in the U.S. electoral system. This exploration aims to understand the opportunities for impact, the competitive landscape, potential interventions to support, and the nature and size of any opportunity.
for U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation project works with communities West-wide to conserve biodiversity by identifying and protecting wildlife corridors, protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers, and expanding core habitat protections. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for support of Pew's election administration reform efforts
America’s antiquated election system has been the object of significant attention since the controversial 2000 presidential campaign. In 2007, Pew Trusts launched its Election Initiatives to identify actionable policies, practices, and technologies that would optimize the accuracy, convenience, efficiency, and security of U.S. elections. A grant to Pew would support four primary areas of work: improving current state registration systems (in partnership with IBM); enhancing the Elections Performance Index assessing states’ election administration performance (in partnership with MIT); providing accessible voting information to voters (in partnership with Google); and assisting efforts to improve the voter experience.