Support 116 environmental nonprofits!

by EarthShare Oregon
Harvest time is giving time...
Harvest time is giving time...

EarthShare Oregon has expanded! Our overall list of nonprofits has expanded this year -- from 75 to 116!  As someone who gives to EarthShare, it means that your donation will be put to work in some new areas of environmental stewardship, such as:

  • Xerces Society -- Protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. We use applied research, education and advocacy to safeguard these vital species.
  • Green Corps, Inc -- Training a new generation of environmental leaders by working in communities with local groups to preserve forests, clean up our air and promote cleaner energy.
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics - Teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.

Go visit our website,, to see the full list and maybe connect with a new nonprofit doing something you're passionate about!  And if you work at a business that offers incentives to give through GlobalGiving, keep your eyes peeled for those campaigns to start up this fall!

Thanks again for doing good in the world with us,

Bringing environmental education and ideas to you!
Bringing environmental education and ideas to you!

Did you see us out and about during Earth Month in April, maybe even where you work? Because EarthShare Oregon, and our member charities, were out in the community at lots of businesses and community events. We spend the time at these events because we know employees at companies like Nike, Intel, and other companies we interact with, are hungry for ideas about ways to live greener!

Providing that education, offering volunteer opportunities, and connecting people to nature is what EarthShare does best. Just a fraction of what we brought includes:

  • Canoeing and kayaking ideas, events and maps for those wanting to connect to their local watersheds like the Willamette and Tualatin Rivers
  • Oregon State Parks Guides for those seeking hiking, exploring and outdoor activities
  • Ideas for incorporating biking into everyday life, through the May Bike More Challenge

We are spreading the word about, and helping find new donors to support, the work of the groups who make these things possible, like Willamette Riverkeeper, Tualatin Riverkeeper, Oregon State Parks Foundation, and Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

We appreciate your support of EarthShare Oregon -- it's making our visibility-raising (and fundraising) happen!

photo by Tomohiro Watanabe
photo by Tomohiro Watanabe

I read a lot of news every morning, and just sorting through the issues that concern me can be overwhelming.  Public lands protections, clean water, and healthier transportation are just a few that showed up for me in the past few days.

Luckily I have a job that allows me to see the positive momentum created by environmental nonprofits in Oregon. EarthShare Oregon's member groups are actively pursuing good actions, every day, that make me feel less anxious about environmental issues. For example:

Oregon Natural Desert Association has already signed up more than 1,200 people who are ready to help with the restoration of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, when the time is right. Other organizations that actively help public land protection, such as Audubon Society of Portland and Oregon Wild, have been mobilizing their supporters to participate as well. Their wonderful volunteer coordinators are just chomping at the bit to turn those who love public lands into active volunteers.

Clean water could not be more central to our daily lives -- but we see a lot of stories that make us wonder how secure it is.  Oregonians are privileged to have groups as effective as WaterWatch of Oregon (which fought off an effort by municipal water developers to take almost half the summertime flow of the lower Clackamas River) and Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter (which is actively protecting clean water in Cascade Locks from private corporations who want to turn it into an expensive commodity.)

If knowing these good works exist make you feel good too, supporting them all with one gift to EarthShare Oregon is a great way to honor them and to make continuing their work possible.

Thank you for being a force for good in Oregon...

EarthShare Oregon gives thanks for you...
EarthShare Oregon gives thanks for you...

As we embark upon this season of Thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the key environmental successes of the past year – and your role in making them happen!

We celebrate the success of restoration efforts for the Oregon chub, the first fish ever removed from the endangered species list due to recovery rather than extinction. We celebrate Portland’s leadership in moving away from fossil fuels, and the commitment of many other Oregon cities to get serious about reducing atmospheric toxins. We celebrate new records for this year’s Bike Commute Challenge and EcoChallenge, as well as attendance at Crater Lake National Park.

Most of all, we celebrate environmental issues moving to the mainstream, to the point where even our own President and the Pope have now become strong voices for addressing climate change as an obligation to future generations.

So, thank you! This was possible because of your generous contributions. By supporting EarthShare Oregon, you have helped us connect more people in more workplaces to the beneficial work of the environmental movement.

These successes have put us in a position of incredible opportunity for the next decade. Our groups need your support to expand the work that’s been so effective already, and we need your support to extend our reach so others can join the efforts and multiply the impact.

As always, EarthShare Oregon will steward your gifts wisely, so we’ll have even more successes to count next year!

With gratitude and warm wishes for the year ahead,
Jan Wilson, Executive Director

Smith River, Oregon - courtesy Lee Webb
Smith River, Oregon - courtesy Lee Webb

Can we make our world better? Safer? More stable?  ABSOLUTELY.  EarthShare contributions are making it happen.

So much of our news in the Pacific Northwest has been dominated by things we feel powerless to control.

Forest fires are the most obvious.  But drought, high water temperatures killing our native fish, and heat waves are also making their presence known.

I feel so much more able to face these big, hairy problems -- because I know that EarthShare member charities, and the donation I make through EarthShare Oregon, are actively working to prevent these things from affecting our lives.

Renewable Northwest is bringing more and better renewable energy sources to the region -- allowing us to move further away from fossil-fuel-based energy sources.

1000 Friends of Oregon is actively defending Oregon's land use laws, and working to make it so that our communities, our transportation systems, and our daily lives generate less greenhouse gas emissions.

The Freshwater Trust is protecting our rivers by building new, 21st century conservation tools and technologies that actually restore ecosystems, and then implementing those solutions on real waterways.

Northwest Earth Institute is launching its annual EcoChallenge in October -- mobilizing thousands of people (maybe you?) to lessen their impact on the Earth by challenging yourself to a new environmental action.

These issues seem big. But they can be brought down to size when we support EarthShare Oregon. Your donations are tackling big problems from all angles. Thank you for giving -- and for being part of the movement to stabilize our climate.


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