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About the Maki Foundation

Since 1981, the Maki Foundation has focused its funding on wildlands and wildlife protection in the Rocky Mountain states. Because of our small size, we cannot make grants to all the worthy organizations that request funding. We generally look for small organizations for whom a relatively small grant can make a significant difference. Many of our grantees are grassroots groups with a focus on activism and policy change, particularly in the realm of public lands management. We often give grants for specific projects, but we are also willing to consider grants for general support.

Below is a list of the Maki Foundation’s 2015 grantees.



Lobo Coalition
Community Organizing to Save the Lobo

Rocky Mountain Wild
Biodiversity Conservation Campaign

Western Wildlife Conservancy
Work to Connect and Protect the Western Wildway

Wildlands Network
Protecting the Central Colorado Plateau


Ecosystem/Wilderness Protection

Advocates for the West
The Sagebrush Sea Project

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Developing Sportsmen Support for Conservation
Bold Visions Conservation
Trails of the Ancients National Conservation Area

Cottonwood Environmental Law Center
Protecting Montana's Bighorn Sheep

Friends of the Clearwater
Protecting the Quiet in the Clearwater Basin

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
General Support

Friends of the Wild Swan
Protecting the Crown of the Continent

Great Burn Study Group
Protecting Wilderness Support in Idaho

High Country Conservation Advocates
“Protect the Best, Defend the Rest”

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Wilderness Protection in New Mexico

Quiet Use Coalition
Preserve and Create Quiet Use Areas and Habitat

Rock the Earth
Protecting Colorado’s Roan Plateau from Destructive Drilling

Rocky Mountain Recreation Initiative
Protecting Colorado Wildlands from High Impact Recreation

Sawtooth Society
Boulder White Clouds Wilderness Bill

Swan View Coalition
Failing Roads on the Flathead National Forest

Thompson Divide Coalition
Campaign to Save Colorado's Thompson Divide

Wild Connections
Wildlands Protection in Central Colorado

Wilderness Watch
Northern Rockies Wilderness Defense Program

Wilderness Workshop
Oil & Gas Defense Program

WildWest Institute
Public Lands Project

Winter Wildlands Alliance
Protect Winter Ecosystems Through New Over-Snow Vehicle Rule

Wyoming Outdoor Council
Protecting Wyoming’s Lands, Wildlife, Air, and Water

Wyoming Wilderness Association
Bridger-Teton National Forest Wildlands Campaign


Environmental Advocacy

Citizens for a Healthy Community
Protect the North Fork Campaign

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Project on Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking

Conservation Colorado Education Fund
Conservation Fellowship

Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center
Don't Frack Chaco Canyon

Montana Environmental Information Center
2015 Environmental Advocacy

Northern Plains Resource Council
Doing it Right (Confronting Extreme Energy Development)

Park County Environmental Council
Opposing Emigrant Peak Mine

Powder River Basin Resource Council
Mitigating Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in Wyoming

San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council
San Luis Valley Public Lands Protection

Western Colorado Congress
Colorado Plateau Protection Campaign

Western Lands Project
Protecting the Public Domain

Environmental Education

 Canyonlands Field Institute
Outdoor Science School for Local Schools 2015-16



Energy and Conservation Law
Uranium Program

Information Network for Responsible Mining
General Support

Montana Trout Unlimited
Smith River Protection Phase 2

New Mexico Environmental Law Center
Indigenous Uranium Defense Project

Western Mining Action Project
General Support



Idaho Rivers United
Wild Salmon Legacy Campaign

Pacific Rivers Council
Montanans for Healthy Rivers

Save the Colorado 
Fighting Climate-Water Crisis in the Colorado River Basin

Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper
Technical Review of Northern Integrated Supply Project EIS

Snake River Waterkeeper 
2015 Water Quality Program

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper
Challenging Illegal Numeric Nutrient Variances

Utah Rivers Council
Colorado River Headwaters



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