The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has supported Sustainable Conservation programs since 1999, and in recent years, has made grants to build its capacity to expand impact – developing staff and financial resources to design, launch, and conduct the Making Big Ideas Work campaign.

Sustainable Conservation partners with some of California’s most vital industries – including the $4.5 billion dairy and $2.6 billion horticultural industries – to make clean air and water, thriving wildlife, and a healthy climate business as usual. The organization works with private-sector leaders, scientists and academics, government agencies, and other nonprofits to develop and expand promising solutions that can be implemented across entire industries. The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has supported Sustainable Conservation programs since 1999, and in recent years, has made grants to build its capacity to expand impact – developing staff and financial resources to design, launch, and conduct the Making Big Ideas Work campaign.

Consultant Ruth Norris interviewed Ashley Boren about assessing and investing in resiliency at Sustainable Conservation.

Selected questions addressed include:

  • What did you find valuable about a funder’s focus on capacities contributing to resiliency?
  • Would you share an example of change in your organization as a result of the Foundation’s attention to resiliency issues?
  • What advice might you offer to other funders considering using the Resiliency Guide to explore resiliency issues with their grantees?

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Funding Resiliency

This Content Collection shares a collection of resources developed by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation on the topic of resiliency. It is designed to help deepen thinking about where, when, and how to invest in capacity building, while also helping funders to explore the dimensions of resiliency and help their grantee organizations prepare for eventual independence from grant funding.

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