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Christensen Fund

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.christensenfund.org

Mission Statement

The Christensen Fund believes in the power of biological and cultural diversity to sustain and enrich a world faced with great change and uncertainty. We focus on the "bio-cultural" - the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology. The Fund's mission is to buttress the efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression, and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient. We pursue this mission through place-based work in regions chosen for their potential to withstand and recover from the global erosion of diversity. We focus on backing the efforts of locally-recognized community custodians of this heritage, and their alliances with scholars, artists, advocates and others. We also fund international efforts to build global understanding of these issues. These are challenging goals, so we seek out imaginative, thoughtful and occasionally odd partners to learn with. The Fund works primarily through grant making, as well as through capacity and network building, knowledge generation, collaboration and mission-related investments.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

African Rift Valley (Northern Kenya & Ethiopia)
Melanesia (Vanuatu & Papua New Guinea)
Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan)
Northwest Mexico
Southwest U.S.
San Francisco Bay Area

ruling year

1960

Principal Officer

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Dr. Ken Wilson

Keywords

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Biological and Cultural diversity

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Also Known As

CHRISTENSEN

EIN

94-6055879

 Number

2274709151

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

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Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

African Rift Valley (Northern Kenya & Ethiopia)
Melanesia (Vanuatu & Papua New Guinea)
Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan)
Northwest Mexico
Southwest U.S.
San Francisco Bay Area

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THE CHRISTENSEN FUND
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Christensen Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Ken Wilson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

C. Diane Christensen

The Christensen Fund

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
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