Healthy Environment


Nurturing a resilient natural environment, while supporting the well-being of Oregon’s diverse cultures and communities

Healthy environment, vibrant future

Our environmental investments are grounded in the belief that a flourishing and equitable Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water and air for all. Through the Healthy Environment portfolio, we work toward this in two ways: a statewide program that aims to build an inclusive environmental movement and engages and supports nonprofits working on a range of place-based and statewide efforts to protect and improve the environment; and the Willamette River Initiative, a 10-year commitment by Meyer to improve the health of the watershed that more than two-thirds of Oregonians call home.

 

Statewide program

The Statewide program works to protect and improve the health and resiliency of Oregon’s environment while addressing the systems and structures in our communities that create unfair advantages for some groups and disadvantages for others in their access to a healthy environment. We prioritize efforts that aim to change systems and alter the status quo, and we value approaches that integrate community well-being, economic vitality and stewardship of our natural systems.

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Willamette River Initiative

The Willamette River Initiative works to improve river health along the 187-mile Willamette and its tributaries through a 10-year commitment to a healthier river system that is able to adapt to changing conditions and long-term impacts. We aim to foster a common vision and set of priorities among agencies, nonprofits and other key stakeholders working to improve the health of the Willamette River system, and build a strong foundation for long-term protection and restoration efforts. 

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Recent Awards

Review recent grants awarded within this portfolio, arranged by goal.

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Willamette River Initiative

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Statewide Program Goals

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  1. Environmental Justice
  2. Diverse Movement
  3. Natural System Health

Intended Outcomes
  • Innovation + Scaling: Identification and expanded use of effective models and strategies that provide measurable social, economic and environmental benefits
  • Policy + Systems: Adoption and implementation of public policies, public investments and institutional practices that provide measurable social, economic and environmental benefits
  • Organizational Capacity: Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, collaboratives and networks

Intended Outcomes
  • Community Influence: Increased emphasis on the priorities of communities experiencing disparities in public policy, planning and public investment decisions
  • Increased Opportunities: Increased opportunities for communities experiencing disparities to benefit from nature and investments in environmental protection
  • Reduced Burdens: Reduced environmental health burdens on communities experiencing disparities
  • Organizational Capacity: Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, collaboratives and networks 

Intended Outcomes
  • Equity Focus: Increased commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion among organizations working for a healthy environment and improved understanding of how to advance equity through their work
  • Collaboration: Increased collaboration and alignment
  • Capacity: Strengthened long term health and capacity of key networks and intermediaries
  • Community Influence: Increased emphasis on the concerns and interests of diverse communities in the public discourse related to a healthy environment 

Intended Outcomes
  • Ecological Health: Expanded use of new, promising and proven strategies for protecting or restoring ecosystems and critical natural resources to ensure their long-term health
  • Policy and Systems: Adoption and implementation of public policies, public investments and institutional practices that support healthy ecosystems and natural resources.
  • Organizational Capacity: Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, collaboratives and networks

Types of Grants

Project

  • For specific and discrete projects that are of high priority to an organization and its community or constituents

Capacity Building

  • To strengthen an organization’s ability and infrastructure to advance its mission

Operating Support

  • For an organization’s overall strategic goals