Mountaineers Foundation: Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

About Us

The Mountaineers Foundation is dedicated to passing the best possible environmental legacy to ensuing generations.

Working through our volunteer board, The Foundation serves those who are committed to the responsible stewardship and active enjoyment of the beauty and diversity of our natural resources.

The Foundation promotes the long view of stewardship by building and maintaining strong relationships with both donors and grantees based on mutual trust and openness.

The Mountaineers Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Our Dual Purpose

The Rhododendron Preserve: An important part of our dual-purpose is owning and maintaining one important property: the 440-acre Rhododendron Preserve in Kitsap County.

Created to provide a refuge for people, native plants, and animals, the Preserve is a unique example of Puget Lowland old growth forest, home to one of the largest Chum salmon runs in the Puget Sound. The Preserve is open to the public and supports environmental and conservation educational experiences on the property.

For more information about the Preserve, please visit www.preserveoldgrowth.org.

Conservation Education Grant Funding: We also provide financial support for a wide range of conservation education projects that support our mission of environmental responsibility within the Salish Sea region.

In September 2013, Mountaineers Foundation received an extremely generous bequest from one of our founding members, Paul Wiseman. Mr. Wiseman wished his legacy to support conservation education projects the Foundation deemed appropriate to our mission.

Here’s a complete list of grants awarded.

Visit our Donate page to find out how you can support us.

Foundation Funds

General Fund

The Mountaineers Foundation maintains a General Fund which is used in a variety of ways to support the work of the Foundation and help manage the Rhododendron Preserve.

Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Fund

In September 2013, Mountaineers Foundation received an extremely generous bequest from one of our founding members, Paul Wiseman. Mr. Wiseman wished his legacy to support conservation education projects the Foundation deemed appropriate to our mission. Several times each year our Community Grants Screening Committee reviews and prioritizes grant applications and provides funding based on a number of factors outlined in our public grant guidelines. Funded programs have ranged from public classroom curriculum to community-focused, habitat-restoration communications and trainings.

Dedicated Funds

The Foundation maintains dedicated or restricted funds, which allow donors to make contributions that will be used only in support of designated projects. Restricted funds are typically established to support projects that are important to the Foundation. Below is a listing of our present dedicated funds and their assigned purposes.

  • Rhododendron Preserve Second Century Fund: dedicated to protecting and maintaining the Rhododendron Preserve
  • Rhododendron Preserve Education Fund: supports educational programs that utilize the Rhododendron Preserve as a resource
  • Property Acquisition Fund: supports land purchases for conservation and environmental protection and preservation

Mailing Address

PO Box 5749
Bremerton, WA 98312-0583

Officers, Board, and Staff

Officers:

  • Mindy Roberts, President
  • Jeff Wirtz, Vice President
  • Scott Eby, Secretary
  • Nicole Cooper, Treasurer

Board Members:

  • Linda Anderson-Carnahan
  • Jim Gates
  • Rick Gillatt
  • Dave Le Blanc
  • Katha Miller-Winder (Trustee at Large)
  • Jay Naylor
  • Nancy Neyenhouse
  • Lisa Shanafelt
  • Eileen Stafford
  • Debbee Straub
  • Theresa Turpin
  • Norman Winn (Emeritus)

Staff:

  • Lorisa Watkins, Program Services Coordinator

Please feel free to contact us.