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Cottonwood Foundation awarded $11,000 in grants in 2021

Buffalo Field Campaign (Montana): $500 - to help pay for a new laptop computer for this organization which is helping to protect the Yellowstone wild bison - http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

Chicken Run Rescue (Minnesota): $500 - for landscaping improvements in the bird area, netting, and predator protection for this chicken rescue nonprofit - http://www.chickenrunrescue.org/

Coming to the Table (California): $500 - to support this organization's work to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned - https://comingtothetable.org/

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (Pennsylvania): $500 - for an outreach campaign around Rights of Nature work being done in Pennsylvania - http://www.celdf.org/

Compassionate Action for Animals (Minnesota): $500 - to sponsor the 2021 Twin Cities Veg Fest which encourages people to embrace their empathy for farmed animals and move toward a plant-based diet - https://www.exploreveg.org/

Earth Law Center (New York): $500 - to support ELC's work on behalf of the rights of Mexican rivers - https://www.earthlawcenter.org

Friends of Animals (Connecticut): $500 - to support Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program's advocacy and legal efforts to help protect prairie dog populations in Utah - http://www.friendsofanimals.org/

Howling for Wolves (Minnesota): $500 - to help support Howling for Wolves' sponsorship of the pro-wolf and pro-all wild animals "Native Roots Radio" weekly radio program - http://www.howlingforwolves.org/

Indian Land Tenure Foundation (Minnesota): $500 - to be placed in the National Indian Carbon Coalition fund, as part of an aggregate funding pool designated to assist in the purchase of carbon credits from tribal carbon credit projects currently under development - https://www.iltf.org/

Land Loss Prevention Project (North Carolina): $500 - to create, print, and distribute in a variety of formats and venues a suite of complementary new community education materials keyed to underserved North Carolinians addressing heir property difficulties and potential solutions as well as the foundationally related topic of disaster preparedness - https://www.landloss.org

Monarch Butterfly Fund (Wisconsin): $500 - to purchase 5,000 seedlings from local community and school nurseries in Mexico, including pines and oyamels, to help reforest the buffer zones around the monarch butterfly reserve in Mexico in collaboration with local community members- http://www.monarchbutterflyfund.org/

Nonhuman Rights Project (Florida): $500 - to help support expenses associated with NhRP's ongoing habeas corpus case in New York on behalf of Happy the elephant - http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/

Our Children's Trust (Oregon): $500 - to support Our Children's Trust's work to enforce the Public Trust duty of government to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere in the context of global climate change, for the benefit of all present and future generations, with this grant supporting expenses in a federal climate recovery lawsuit brought by 21 youth - http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/

Project Coyote (California): $500 - for continued augmentation of the National Campaign to End Wildlife Killing Contests - http://www.projectcoyote.org/

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (Minnesota): $500 - to purchase vaccines for rabies, feline distemper, or canine distemper to be used at neuter/spay clinics for companion animals on the Red Lake or other Minnesota Indian reservations - http://www.redlakerosie.org/

Save the Chimps (Florida): $500 - to help rebuild some of the island structures at this Florida-based chimpanzee sanctuary - http://www.savethechimps.org/

Southern Plains Land Trust (Colorado): $1,000 - to help fund land acquisition for permanent protection of 2 acres of the 18,160 acre Heartland Ranch, a property with high biodiversity values in southeast Colorado that is home to a wide variety of wildlife- http://www.southernplains.org/

Transition US (California): $500 - to support an intern who will develop youth-friendly programming for the 2021 National Gathering that can increase youth leadership and intergenerational collaboration within the Gathering - http://www.transitionus.org/

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Colorado): $1,000 - to support land acquisition for the new 9,694 acre Wild Animal Refuge in southeast Colorado which will provide life-long homes for large exotic and endangered captive wild animals - http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/

WildEarth Guardians (New Mexico): $500 - to create engagement materials and print toolkits for activists working to reform the USDA's Wildlife Services program - http://www.wildearthguardians.org/

Cottonwood Foundation is now a private foundation

As of January 1, 2013, Cottonwood Foundation has become a private foundation. This transition was made to decrease the time and energy required for fundraising and extensive communication activities.

Cottonwood Foundation's current focus giving areas include community development, environmental protection, empowering indigenous people, and respect and care for animals. We are currently only awarding grants to United States-based organizations.

To research other potential funders, please visit http://cottonwoodfdn.org/howapply.html

From 1992 through 2012, Cottonwood Foundation was a public grantmaking charity. See the final annual report at http://cottonwoodfdn.org/annualrpt.html and newsletters at http://cottonwoodfdn.org/newsletter.html for an archive of the foundation's activities during those years.






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