Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation


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The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation is dedicated to the survival of wildlife and wildlands and to the vitality of human communities with which they are inextricably linked.

Funding Interests

The foundation seeks to redress the breakdown in the processes linking nature and humanity. It concerns itself particularly with matters of species extinction, habitat destruction and fragmentation, resource depletion and resource waste. It favors solutions that directly benefit local communities and serve as exemplars for saving species and wildlands. It recognizes the imperative to reconcile nature preservation with human needs and aspirations.

Geographic Focus

Funding is limited to the Intermountain West.

Types of Support

The foundation will consider making grants for general operating expenses, program development, specific projects and coalition building.

Grant Size

$10000 to $60000

Requirements & Limitations

The foundation supports field projects that satisfy the following criteria:

  • A project should be designed with and supported by the local people most directly affected;
  • A project should be modest in scale at its inception. It should also be realistic in its expectations, given the need for widespread support and the long-term dedication of all its participants;
  • A project should have clearly stated objectives and include measurable and verifiable indices of success. These might include the improved status of a species or an area, increased local awareness of conservation and improvements in the lives of those affected by the project;
  • A project should be designed and justified on sound criteria and firm scientific grounds; and
  • The hallmarks of a foundation project include local participation, personal involvement and accountability.

Application Process

An application form is not required. Proposal applications must contain the following information:

  • A clearly stated objective of the project being proposed;
  • The anticipated duration of a project and the scaling of costs as a project develops;
  • The criteria that will be used to determine the success of a project. Success indicators might be the saving of a species, or the quantifiable improvement of a habitat;
  • Detailed information as to the local volunteer groups involved in a project as well as information concerning other outside NGO?s activities, either directly concerning the proposed project or working in the area on related projects; and
  • Trustees of the foundation may visit the project site on a pre-arranged basis.


Applications are accepted year round.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Blackfoot River Watershed Restoration Project, Eastern Idaho
Amount: $25424
Purpose: Funding was given to the Three Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Council to improve grazing management and collaborative restoration of degraded range and riparian areas on private ranches and associated public land grazing allotments.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: Carnivore Conservation Program, Idaho & Montana<br>
Amount: $30000

The Defenders of Wildlife received a grant for the reintroduction of the swift fox to its former range, and reduction of conflict between bears, wolves and people including analysis and removal of bear attractants and prevention of livestock depredation.

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