Ecotrust

Ecotrust works in partnership towards an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future.

Portland, OR   |  https://ecotrust.org

Mission

Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Jeremy Barnicle

Main address

721 NW 9th Ave Ste 200

Portland, OR 97209 USA

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EIN

93-1050144

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Economic Development (S30)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Global warming, the industrial economy, rapidly growing inequality: combined, these forces threaten the viability of our planet and the wellbeing of our people. We are living in a time that demands urgent action, on a scale that ranges from the personal to the planetary. Undoubtedly, change must start right here at home. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, communities are sparking new ways of living and doing business that advance economic opportunity for all, while simultaneously enhancing the landscapes we depend on. It is our task at Ecotrust to enable such efforts with the tools and capacities to bring that work to scale – things like forest mapping tools and a business accelerator program for small farmers and ranchers. Our work provides a platform for the stories that exemplify our hope for the future of our region and our world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fisheries & Coastal Communities

Strong coastal communities and resilient fisheries are enmeshed with our region’s well-being and the challenges for both fisheries and fishers today are myriad. Ecotrust Fisheries work includes assessing infrastructure needs for emerging seafood entrepreneurs; collaborating to devise fair access systems; fostering robust regional supply chains and building support networks for food entrepreneurs; closing the loop for consumers looking for locally caught, sustainably produced seafood products; and working alongside partners on regionally-specific responses to climate change. We invest in fisheries networks and local organizations that actively pursue innovation in the stewardship of fisheries, marine ecosystems and watersheds, and we work to strengthen the conservation of regional marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The goal of Ecotrust’s Forests & Ecosystem Services program is to transform the dominant forest management paradigm in the Pacific Northwest, and around the world, to one that more closely mimics natural forest processes, while providing for our region. In a carbon-constrained world, the transition to climate-smart forestry will only be possible if we better align our policies and markets with our values. Ecotrust creates the tools, the structures, and the research to support climate-smart forest management, demonstrating that forests can store more carbon, provide high quality habitat for native fish and wildlife, offer recreational and economic development opportunities, and produce clean and abundant water, all while supporting a robust and reliable forest products industry. We work with partners to elevate different perspectives about forests and the role they play in maintaining the health and wellness of our communities and economies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ecotrust Food and Farms program works to transform the regional food system into one that is equitable and regenerative. Small- and medium-sized producers are critical to this transformation and Food and Farms has built a body of work to support them. This includes a training and capacity building program to support farmers and fishermen in maintaining viability and commitments to environmental stewardship as they scale. The Food and Farms team is creating a new food economy by building infrastructure and supply chains that enable these producers to reach new markets. Food and Farms is launching new food equity and land justice initiatives to contribute to community resilience and healing, build wealth and economic security for BIPOC communities, and advance systemic change through strategies related to on-the-ground programming, capacity and field building, and policy and systems change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since our founding in 1991, Indigenous peoples from Alaska to California have been involved with Ecotrust, as members of our board and staff and as partners to advance the environmental, cultural, economic, and social conditions of their communities. We continue to support First Peoples’ steadfast efforts to exercise their right of self-determination and protect their homelands and waters. We share our knowledge in forests and ecosystems, fisheries and marine planning, salmon and watershed restoration, and food systems to restore and strengthen Native communities. And we provide our technical expertise in GIS analysis, mapping and cartography, economic impact assessments, software and tool development, and data collection and management to help Indigenous leaders make informed decisions. We also support a growing network of Indigenous leaders, increase education opportunities for Native people through scholarships and fellowships, and provide a platform for Native people to share their stories and issues.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Ecotrust Knowledge Systems initiatives focus on the complex interactions between social, economic, and ecological systems. Knowledge Systems delivers decision-support tools, analyses, maps, and data visualizations that support more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems. Ecotrust’s approach is designed to help partners and clients visualize the ecosystem in a social and economic context, create a participatory approach to incorporating stakeholder knowledge, and implement management decisions at appropriate scales.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ecotrust deploys and leverages its resources, including intellectual, social, and financial capital, to further its mission. Ecotrust makes financial investments with the specific purpose of deriving mission impact while also generating cash to support Ecotrust’s operations. Investment activities include businesses created by Ecotrust, as well as investments in other entities.Assets include the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, Inc., a historic warehouse in Northwest Portland that has been redeveloped for occupancy by Ecotrust, its affiliates, and a combination of retail and commercial office tenants with triple bottom line missions; and the Redd on Salmon Street, a two-block campus Southeast Portland designed to support and inspire a robust regional food system.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Environmental Laureate 2011

Tech Awards

Champion of Change - Ecotrust VP Deborah Kane 2011

President Obama

10 Most Innovative Companies in Food for FoodHub 2011

Fast Company

Top Innovator in the Portland Region, Innovation in Sustainability Award 2013

Portland Business Journal

Top 5 nominee in Ocean, Marine Life & Freshwater Systems 2013

CLASSY Awards

Oregon's Most Admired Companies 2015

Portland Business Journal

Spencer Beebe awarded Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership 2015

Audubon

Light a Fire Award for Caring for the Planet 2107

Portland Monthly Magazine

Philanthropy Award for Innovation 2017

Bank of the West

Bison Award for Student Scholarship Work 2019

Salish Kootenai College

WW's Give!Guide Campaign Recipient, 5 years running 2020

Willamette Week

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ecotrust’s vision is an economy that supports the well being of the region and its people. On the farm, at the coast, in the forest, and across our cities, we work in partnership toward an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future.

• Managing our natural resources for good
We empower tribes and communities in managing their lands and waterways for both ecological and economic benefit, and facilitate increased drawdown of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere through thoughtful natural resource management. Informed by this on-the-ground work, we also leverage research, advocacy, and partnerships to champion climate-smart forest and agricultural land use.

• Cultivating healthy, regional businesses
Through trainings, consultation, and network-building, we support local farmers, ranchers, fishers, and foresters to scale their operations and build positive ecological, social, and economic impacts. We resource robust supply chains for environmentally and socially sustainable products, and we help spark new economic opportunities for people from under-invested communities.

• Supporting frontline communities and improving livelihoods
Critical within our work is scaffolding the structures needed to support better livelihoods for our most marginalized populations. We create tools, trainings, maps, and partnerships in order to build capacity among Pacific Northwest communities—both urban and rural—who are experiencing the greatest impacts of economic inequality, institutional racism, and the daily realities of climate change.

• Inspiring and connecting people
Ecotrust has the privilege of working and convening conversations in two landmark spaces, the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center in Portland’s Pearl District, and The Redd on Salmon Street, located in the rapidly shifting Central Eastside. Leading examples of green historic renovations, both include inspiring work spaces and public places for gathering, teaching, and connecting.

Ecotrust’s mission and vision – strong, equitable economies coupled with healthy, resilient ecosystems – is a big one. To get there, we tackle large-scale projects for maximum impact. Our dedicated staff includes ecologists, scientists, mapmakers, economists, designers, investment strategists, and software developers. Over our 30-year history, we have co-founded the world’s first environmental bank; started the world’s first ecosystem investment fund; and helped restore 6,500 acres and 900 stream miles of habitat. We believe that the region we call home – the coastal temperate rain forests spanning from Alaska to Northern California – holds the unique mix of values, creativity, and capital needed to build new, different ways to live and do business.

Across all our programs, Ecotrust is doubling down on outcomes that prioritize climate-smart land and ocean use, equitable community partnerships, and regenerative economic growth. Recent progress includes:

- Connecting school districts with regional farms and ranches, ensuring that over 500,000 school kids annually receive healthy, local food in the lunch line.

- Joining forces with local employers and community organizations to provide culturally-specific jobs training for young adults of color in the growing green economy.

- Building mobile tech used by over 700 land owners to help manage their properties for both healthy habitat, and a healthy bottom line.

- Opening a 45,000 square foot, 2-block campus for food system reform in the urban heart of Portland. The campus includes cold storage, distribution facilities, commercial and community kitchens, and flexible event space: exactly the kind of “nuts-and-bolts” infrastructure needed to scale a robust regional food system.

- Providing a two-year business and capacity-building program for farmers, ranchers, fishers, and food producers seeking to grow their businesses while maintaining and expanding practices that support healthy land, water, and local communities.

- Partnering with a tribal community to develop and implement an ecological forest management plan that would improve water quality, generate jobs, and reduce fire risk.

- Publishing a groundbreaking study that makes the case for climate-smart forest management not just from an ecological standpoint, but from an economic one too.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ecotrust

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board co-chair

Jean Johnson

Seattle Impact Investing Group

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Mark Edlen

Gerding Edlen Development

Term: 2020 -

Antone Minthorn

Elder, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Ron Grzywinski

Co-Founder, Shorebank Corporation

Robert Friedman

Founder/Board Chair, Prosperity Now

Mark Edlen

Co-Founder/Managing Principal, Gerding Edlen Development

Gun Denhart

Co-Founder, Hanna Andersson

Kathryn Taylor

Co-Founder/CEO, Beneficial State Bank

Elise Lufkin

Founding Member, Seattle Impact Investing Group

David Montgomery

Professor of Geomorphology, University of Washington

Jeremy Barnicle

Executive Director, Ecotrust

Bobbie Conner

Director, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

Jean Johnson

Founding Member, Seattle Impact Investing Group

Susie Lee

Artist and Co-Founder, SoopahGenius

Alexandria McBride

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland

Cat Goughnour

Associate Director, Racial Wealth Equity at Prosperity Now

Ken deLaski

Founder and President, Vibrant Villages Foundation

William Neukom

Retired Partner, K&L Gates

Jaime Arredondo

Executive Director, CAPACES Leadership Institute

Lisa Mensah

President and CEO, Opportunity Finance Network

Afton Walsh

Director of Community Outreach and Project Manager, Walsh Construction Co.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/05/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.