The goal of this program is to engage, organize and empower new constituencies in order to ensure the future protection of our environment. This initiative helps stimulate progress in all areas of funding - Safeguarding Habitat; Creating Solutions for Sustainable Living; and Healthy Planet, Healthy Communities. Geographical priorities in the Growing the Movement program complement those in the above three program areas.
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Its unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities. Recognizing the need for an organization focused solely on educating the next generation the Turner Foundation played an instrumental role in sustaining the Captain Planet Foundation’s pioneering efforts after the foundation nearly closed its doors in 2001.
Before Outdoor Alliance, Access Fund, American Canoe Association, American Hiking Society, American Whitewater, International Mountain Bicycling Association and Winter Wildlands Alliance were formidable conservation advocates with passionate memberships. The Turner Foundation saw the potential of these six highly specialized organizations working together to care for all of our public lands, waters and snowscapes. By partnering with the Turner Foundation, Outdoor Alliance could pursue advocacy and education work on a national scale, from efforts to modernize mining policy to helping design a new framework to manage national forests that protects natural resources and supports sustainable human experiences. Along the way, Outdoor Alliance has been able to revive and promote an authentic, durable approach to conservation that arises out of experiencing the outdoors in a meaningful way. This approach brings new and energized people into the conservation fold helping the long term future our mountains, rivers, deserts and forests.
"Speaking through the unified voice of Outdoor Alliance is far and away the most effective means Winter Wildlands Alliance has of achieving our conservation and stewardship goals at the national level. This success is a direct result of the foresight and trust from The Turner Foundation in providing initial funding and support for Outdoor Alliance." - Mark Menlove, Executive Director, Winter Wildlands Alliance