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Grants and Gifts

Thanks so much to all of the foundations, organizations, businesses, and individuals that make significant financial contributions to our work. Read on to learn about some of our most recent donors. See also Green Giving for additional donors!


2016 Grants and Gifts

Thanks so much to the Peara-Cantril family for their very generous donation in memory of Ed Peara, one of Nearby Nature’s favorite volunteers. We still miss Ed and will happily put this contribution to work in his honor.

Thanks to Cabela’s for their generous donation of $4,100 from their Hunting for Hope, Fishing for Families fundraising dinner and silent auction in November. We had an awesome time at the event and are so grateful to the folks who attended, participated in the silent auction, and donated goods and services to support us.

Thanks to Albany Kohl’s for their recent $1,500 grant in honor of their employees who volunteered at the Haunted Hike. We really appreciate your help and your financial support.

Thanks to Jan, Susan, and Karen Suwinski and the Suwinski Family Foundation for their generous grant of $500. We are so grateful for your yearly grant!

Thanks to Green Giving Partner Track Town Pizza on Franklin Blvd. for donating $84 to our Youth Scholarship Fund in honor of folks who participated in our November fundraiser! 

Thanks so much to the anonymous donor who gifted us $500! We will put your generous contribution to work for our kids and natural places.

Thanks so much to the anonymous donor who gifted us with $3,500! We will put this generous donation to use in education and restoration programs as well our Youth Scholarship Fund. 

Thanks to Ninkasi for sponsoring a Pints for a Cause day on our behalf and donating $360 to our group. Thanks also to all the friends and members who had a pint in our honor on this day! 

Thanks so much to the Village School for adopting us as one of the benefactors of its October 7th Walk-A-Thon and donating $615 to our programs. We appreciate so much that this generous school gives so much back to the community!

Thanks to REI for a $5,000 grant to support restoration, park caretaking, and teen service learning projects in Alton Baker Park!. 

Thanks to the Oregon Parks Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for a $1,250 grant towards our Youth Scholarship Fund for summer daycamps. It’s so important to make sure that all kids have access to adventures in nature nearby.

Thanks to the Kohl’s Associates in Action program for $2,000 in support for our youth programs in Alton Baker Park and local schools. Three cheers for the volunteers from Albany and Springfield that helped out at our April 23rd Earth Day Park Clean-Up and helped make two generous grants possible!

Thanks to Green Giving Partner Track Town Pizza on Franklin Blvd. for donating $162 to our Youth Scholarship Fund in honor of folks who participated in our April fundraiser! 

Pacific Continental Bank for granting $500 for our Green Teens program for kids from the Network Charter School and the Rachel Carson Academy. These kids get great hands-on experience with our programs.

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation for its gift of $1,000 in honor of employees who participated in our 2015 Restoration Celebrations. Thanks to these folks for their on-going donations.

SOLVE for its $100 grant for work party tools.

 

2015 Grants and Gifts

Thanks to the Ahrens Family for its very generous donation at the end of 2015. Your support means so much to the kids in our programs.

Thanks to the amazing anonymous donor who gifted us with $3,500 for our Youth Scholarship Fund! This significant contribution will allow hundreds of kids from financially challenged schools and families to connect with nature nearby in 2016. We can’t say THANK YOU enough for this donation!

Thanks to the Suwinski Family Foundation for its recent generous grant of $1,000. These folks have been donors for many years. We really appreciate their on-going support and commitment to our mission.

Thanks to the Village School for gifting us $600 as part of their fall Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser. Special thanks to the first graders who chose us at their partner non-profit!

Thanks to Pacific Continental Bank for giving Nearby Nature a scholarship for the Center for Non-Profit Stewardship Conference in Corvallis in 2016.

Thanks to the Science Factory for the $2,385 you donated to our programs from this year’s Gala. We so much appreciate this support and love working with you all throughout the year!

A huge thanks to Capella Market for sponsoring a fall raffle to raise funds for our programs for the fourth year in a row. We so much appreciate the support of this locally-run grocery in south Eugene. We enjoyed working with you again this year, Capella, and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come!

Thanks so much to Oakshire Brewing for sponsoring an Oakshire Inspires day for Nearby Nature in August and donating $300 to support our programs!

Thanks to the Kohls Associates in Action Program for a generous $500 contribution in honor of the Springfield Kohl’s employees who participated in our September Day of Caring Park Clean Up. We really appreciate these folks, who consistently help support our programs by joining us at multiple events every year!

Thanks to Track Town Pizza, Franklin Blvd for sponsoring a Pizza Pie Benefit Day in October and donating 50% of the purchase price for food purchased by people who ate pizza in our honor.

Thanks to the Kohls Associates in Action Program for two very generous $1,500 contributions (a total of $3,000!) in honor of Kohl’s employees who participated in our Earth Day Park Clean Up in April. Employees from both Springfield and Albany joined us at this fun event. These generous gifts were part of Kohls’ annual Go Green campaign. Thanks so much, Kohls, for helping insure that our programs for youth grow and thrive!

Thanks to River Cove Counseling for your $200 donation. We really appreciate working with folks who are helping people discover the healing qualities of spending time in nature.

Thanks to Track Town Pizza, Franklin Blvd. for sponsoring a Pizza Pie Benefit Day in May and donating 50% of the purchase price for food purchased by people who brought in our special coupon.

Thanks to Slug Queen Professor Slimebledore for helping out at our April Slime Time Nature Quest and for recruiting donors to sit at your table at the Science Factory Gala to help support Nearby Nature.

Thanks to Collins Cycle Shop for doing a full fleet tune-up on our bicycles! These bikes will be used throughout the year by our Network Charter School students and this spring at the Adventure Fest for teens!


2014 Grants and Gifts

Thanks to the very generous donor who granted $5,000 to Nearby Nature at the end of the year. We are so grateful for this very generous support and excited to put these funds to good use in 2015.

Thanks to the Koons Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for its advised fund grant of $1,000. We appreciate this generous support for our programs!

Thanks to the Suwinski Family Foundation for its grant of $750. These folks have been donors for many years. We really appreciate their on-going support.

Thanks to the Comcast Foundation for its grant of $2,678. Every year, Comcast sponsors an annual Comcast Cares Day, and this year, local Comcast employees partnered with Nearby Nature, SOLVE, and the City of Eugene for this event in April. This donation honors local Comcast employees and their commitment to community service. 100+ people (including a huge group from Comcast, employees from Kohl’s, and variety of other community members) donated 300+ hours of their time and skills to our April project.

Thanks to the US Bankcorps Foundation for its grant of $1,750 for our Youth Scholarship Fund. This grant will help us bring hundreds of kids to the park for exciting nature adventures in 2014-2015. With schools in such great need of financial assistance these days, this grant is invaluable. 

Thanks to Pacific Continental Bank for its donation of $750 to help with scholarships for our school visits program in 2015. This grant will be so much appreciated by local kids!

Thanks to the VERY generous anonymous donor who granted $3,500 to our Youth Scholarship Fund! We are SO grateful for this gift, which will help us reach hundreds of kids through our school nature walks and daycamps.

Thanks to the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation for its gift of $2,000 in honor of employees who participated in our Restoration Celebrations in 2014. Thanks to our friends at Weyerhaeuser for this on-going donation.

Thanks to Pacific Continental Bank for a $500 grant to our Youth Scholarship Fund to help with transportation for schools that participate in our nature walks program.

In April 2014, thanks to support from the Harlow Neighbors, we received a $6,880 City of Eugene Neighborhood Grant for restoration and litter patrol work parties in the "gateway" area of Alton Baker Park. We're looking forward to doing lots of great work parties with our community partners in 2014-15!


2013 Grants and Gifts

Thanks to the US Bankcorps Foundation for its grant of $2,000 for our Youth Scholarship Fund. This grant will help us bring hundreds of kids to the park for exciting nature adventures in 2014.

Thanks to the VERY generous anonymous donor who granted $3,000 to our Youth Scholarship Fund! We are SO grateful for this gift, which will help us reach hundreds of kids through our school nature walks and daycamps.

Thanks to the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation for its gift of $1,000 in honor of employees who participated in our Restoration Celebrations in 2013. Thanks to our friends at Weyerhaeuser for this on-going donation.

Thanks to  The Suwinski Family Foundation for their donation of $750. We will put these funds to good use in our educational programs!

In April 2013, Nearby Nature was excited to learn that we had won a grant of $2,240 from the Lane County Cultural Coalition. This grant will be used to offer scholarships for 25+ free Kinder Critter visits to local preschools and kindergartens starting in the winter of 2013. Through this grant, we will also be doing Kinder Critter presentations at both the Eugene and the Springfield Public Libraries in the Spring of 2014. Thanks, LCCC, for helping us reach out to kids all over our community.

This spring Nearby Nature was pleased to learn that we had received a gift of $500 from Pacific Continental Bank in support of our educational programs. Thanks Pacific Continental, for your on-going support!

 

2012 Grants and Gifts

This winter Nearby Nature was pleased to learn that we had received a grant of $1,000 from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation through their WAVE program in honor of employees who volunteered at our fall 2012 United Way Day of Caring!

This fall Nearby Nature was pleased to learn that we had received a grant of $2,000 from the U.S Bankcorp Foundation in support of Nearby Nature's School Program Scholarship Fund. This money will provide much needed support for schools that participate in our field trip programs in Alton Baker Park. Scholarships from this fund will be available to schools in the spring of 2013. Thanks so much U.S. Bankcorp Foundation for partnering with us in the park!

Thanks to the Bankoff-Blanchet Foundation for its generous donation of $500. We will use these funds well in our education programs.

This spring, Nearby Nature was pleased to learn that we will once again receive funding from EWEB’s Partners in Education Fund for the 2012-2013 school year. Scholarships will be available for School Nature Walks in Alton Baker Park and Classroom Naturalist Visits for Fall 2012. Scholarships will also be available for our Summer 2013 daycamps. Three cheers for EWEB for providing grants totaling over $12,600!

In April 2012, thanks to support from the Harlow Neighbors, we received a $5,000 City of Eugene Neighborhood Grant for restoration and litter patrol work parties in the "gateway" area of Alton Baker Park (between the Frohnmayer Footbridge and the Autzen Stadium). We're looking forward to doing lots of great work parties with our community partners in 2012-13!

Thanks so much to GEARS in Eugene for a grant of $500 to help rehabilitate our Network Charter School bike fleet and purchase new helmets for our NCS students. Our kids will now be much safer and more well tuned as they venture out into the neighborhoods by bike!

 

2011 Grants and Gifts

Exciting news! Nearby Nature has received a $22,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc. Support from this grant will fund costumed Kinder Critter presentations for tots, scholarships for 1st-5th grade Kalapuya Quest nature walks, and a variety of teen citizen science initiatives. Each of these programs will use its own unique combination of hands-on learning, outdoor exploration, and creative science to introduce local children to the wonders of nature right in their own backyards. Nearby Nature thanks the Staples Foundation for Learning for this support and looks forward to working on its grant programs in the coming year.

Thanks to members of the Unitarian Universalist Church in south Eugene for donating to us $715 from one of their Sunday collections this summer.

This spring, Nearby Nature was pleased to learn that we will once again receive funding from EWEB’s Partners in Education Fund for the 2011-2012 school year. Scholarships will be available for School Nature Walks in Alton Baker Park and Classroom Naturalist Visits for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. Scholarships will also be available for our Summer 2012 daycamps. Three cheers for EWEB for providing grants totaling over $20,000!

 


2010 Grants

Nearby Nature recently won a grant for $4,965 from REI for its grant proposal: Restoration Celebrations in Alton Baker Park: Restoring Eugene's "Central Park". In the coming year, Nearby Nature will host a series of environmental restoration work parties -- Restoration Celebrations -- in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park, a unique 237-acre "central park" in the heart of Eugene, Oregon. Through these events, Nearby Nature will provide youth as well as adults with affordable and accessible opportunities to learn about as well as care for nature nearby. REI funds will be used to support program staff as well as to purchase needed program equipment and supplies. Check out our calendar for upcoming work parties and come join in the fun!

This spring, Nearby Nature was pleased to learn that we will once again receive funding from EWEB’s Partners in Education Fund for the 2010-2011 school year. Scholarships will be available for School Nature Walks in Alton Baker Park and Classroom Naturalist Visits in the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011! Scholarships will also be available for our Summer 2011 daycamps. Three huge cheers to EWEB for providing these grants totaling nearly $20,000!

Nearby Nature was thrilled this spring to learn that we have received a $10,000 grant to support our programming next year from the Staples Foundation for Learning. This grant will fund three different programs. First, it will provide money to start a pilot program called Green Start for young parents and their infants and toddlers. Second, the grant includes funding for scholarships for a new joint Nearby Nature-Science Factory field trip offering called Earth to Sky! And finally, the grant includes funds to start work on a Citizen Science Outdoor Discovery Lab for use by our NCS students and our teen restoration crew from the Rachel Carson program at Churchill High School. We're so excited about these new programs! We'll keep you posted as this work progresses.


2009 Grants

Nearby Nature got some exciting news this summer! We have received a grant of $1,000 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund. Money from this grant will allow about 286 kids to participate in free Kalapuya Quest nature walks in Alton Baker Park during the 2009-2010 school year. These walks feature all sorts of interesting information about the people who have lived in our area for thousands of years. Traditional homes, clothing, food, transportation, stories, and words are just a few of the topics that volunteer guides will cover on their Kalapuya adventures with kids. Volunteers are needed to lead these walks. See Volunteering for more information.

In the spring of 2009, Nearby Nature was pleased to receive our first grant from the Jill Heiman Fund of the Oregon Country Fair. We are excited about this new partnership and thrilled to have funds for a series of sustainable living workshops for adults. We will offer our first Lessons in the Learnscape this fall. See the calendar for dates later this summer. This grant will also support volunteer workparties and scholarships for Learnscape programs.       

In another bit of good news for the Spring of 2009, thanks to a grant from EWEB’s Partners in Education Fund, scholarships will once again be available for School Nature Walks in Alton Baker Park and Classroom Naturalist Visits in 2009-2010! Click here for more information about these scholarships. Scholarships will also be available for our Summer 2010 daycamps.

 

2008 Grants and Gifts

  • The Bankoff-Blanchet Foundation: $500
  • The Joyce Thomas and Rob Castleberry Donor-Advised Fund of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation: $500
  • Emerald Valley Kitchen, a brand of Monterey Gourmet Foods, Inc.: $750
  • An Anonymous Donor (through the Oregon Community Foundation’s Donor-Advised Grant Program): $1,000

In early summer 2008, Nearby Nature received $20,000 from the Gray Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to create an interactive Learnscape at our site in Alton Baker Park. Our Learnscape will be a model for sustainable living practices as well as an outdoor classroom. We’ll build a bike rack, create a user-friendly composting area, and develop landscaping that facilitates energy and water conservation. We’ll plant gardens that produce food as well as awaken the senses. We’ll create nature-themed artwork and new outdoor classrooms. Our space will inspire curiosity, imagination, and stewardship. We’re very excited to begin this project and look forward to working with lots of community partners as we develop the site. Let us know if you want to get involved!

In August 2008, we received $5,000 from REI to support a series of weekend family Nature Quests and Restoration Celebration work parties in Alton Baker Park. Our new Nature Quests will include a variety of new topics, ranging from conservation themes to basic orienteering. On the work party front, every month, we’ll be reaching out to a different local community organization or workplace volunteer group. Groups interested in helping out in Alton Baker Park are encouraged to contact us for more information. A variety of projects are available, from canoe canal cleanups to native species plantings to water-wise landscaping.

In August 2008, we received $5,338 from EWEB’s Partners in Education Fund to fund free Alton Baker Park nature walks and follow-up classroom visits for 25 local 1st-5th grade classrooms. Starting in October, we’ll be sharing the wonders of our park with 650+ kids! In November, we’ll move into the classroom with a wide variety of conservation-related hands-on activities.

In June 2008, for the second year in a row, we received funding from the Lane County Cultural Coalition to offer scholarships for our Kalapuya Quest school nature walks in Alton Baker Park. Thanks to this $965 grant, we will have 10+ scholarships to offer during the 2008-2009 school year.

 In April 2008, we were pleased to receive a Tourism Special Projects Grant of $2,350 from Lane County to create a new programs brochure and to enhance our website. Work on the website was completed in spring of 2009.

In May 2008, thanks to support from the Harlow Neighbors, we received a $1,500 Eugene ‘08 Neighborhood Grant from the City of Eugene to create an information kiosk at our site in Alton Baker Park. A big thanks to Square Deal Lumber in Springfield for providing kiosk materials at a significant discount.

 

 

 

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