Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Offers $500,000 Challenge Grant to The Nature Conservancy in Washington

Challenge grant will help finance crucial acquisition along Queets River

Seattle | December 06, 2013

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced a $500,000 challenge grant to The Nature Conservancy in Washington, to help finance the purchase of a critical piece of land along Washington’s coast. The Foundation is offering a 50 percent match on all donations towards the acquisition along the Queets River between now and December 31, 2013. 

“Given the Allen family’s roots in Washington state, it’s important to the Foundation to be a part of repairing an irreplaceable ecosystem,” said Susan M. Coliton, vice president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “The Nature Conservancy has a track record of making a real difference in this region and we’re glad to partner with them on this important project.” 

“This generous donation from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation clears the way for us to acquire vital land on the Washington coast,” said Michael Stevens, Washington State Director of The Nature Conservancy. “With help from The Foundation, we will preserve three miles along the Queets River in the Olympic Rainforest, supporting some of the most important wild salmon runs in the lower 48 and some of the most productive and rich forests on Earth.” 

Working with partners, The Nature Conservancy is carrying out an ambitious vision for restoring and conserving this magnificent sea-to-summit landscape, and The Foundation challenge grant will make a vital contribution to this important work. The Conservancy also works on sustainable fisheries, river restoration and restoring and conserving a productive marine environment along Washington’s unique coast. 

The Conservancy must raise $1 million in donations towards this purchase by the end of the year in order to receive the full grant from The Foundation. “We’re optimistic we can achieve this milestone,” said Mary Kaufman-Cranney, Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Washington. “We’re thankful for strong support from donors big and small, who share our vision for the Washington coast as well as the other key regions around the state. We know we can count on our supporters to meet the challenge given to us by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.” 

Supporters who want to contribute to the Queets forest acquisition and receive a 50 percent matching donation from The Allen Foundation can call (206) 343-4345, ext. 315, or send a check marked Queets to The Nature Conservancy at 1917 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101. 

About The Nature Conservancy in Washington
The Nature Conservancy in Washington works to protect, connect and restore vital lands and waters across our state. Partnering with diverse groups and using science-based innovation, the Conservancy is doing wide ranging work on the Washington Coast, around Puget Sound and in the East Cascades, bringing new health to damaged environments, strengthening local communities and economies and protecting land, air and water. 

About the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Launched by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen in 1988, the Allen family’s philanthropy is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $475 million to more than 1,400 nonprofit groups to support and advance their critical charitable endeavors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Foundation’s funding programs nurture the arts, engage children in learning, address the needs of vulnerable populations, advance scientific and technological discoveries, and provide economic relief amid the downturn. For more information, go to

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Robin Stanton

(206) 436-6274


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