Funding Philosphy Of The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund

In keeping with our stated mission "To relieve the misfortune and promote the well being of mankind", we look for opportunities to promote the creation and enhancement of fund-raising capacity within institutions, organizations and agencies dedicated to serving community needs.

We look favorably upon organizations with board participation at all levels.

The Deschutes Land Trust has been quite fortunate to have worked with the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund several times over the years and has always been impressed with the Fund's commitment to strengthening the community and leveraging resources. The Fund has long challenged it's non-profits partners to build both the capacity to serve the community, as well as the capacity to engage in grassroots fundraising within the community.

In the case of the Deschutes Land Trust, this has meant protecting and stewarding important fish and wildlife habitat that can often serve as outdoor classrooms for local students and residents, connecting new generations of Oregonians to the land, while strengthening our community's sense of place. In short, the Fund has made it possible for the Land Trust to both protect special places, as well as building a stronger, more engaged community.

Early on, the Fund challenged the Land Trust's Board to broaden our community donor base, by building our Board's confidence in raising the resources to tackle our community-based work. With the Fund's continued support, the Deschutes Land Trust has become not only a stronger, more mature community institution, but one with a growing capacity to serve our community. As a result, salmon and steelhead will have a home to return to, local students and residents will study and steward the land, and our community takes pride in creating a new model for collaborative, community-based conservation. We're truly grateful to the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for their vision and commitment to the future.

-Brad Chalfant, Executive Director Deschutes Land Trust