- Place: We care about ecosystems. We offer support for enduring place-based protection on public and private land and waters throughout British Columbia. We care deeply about biodiversity rich, endangered, and otherwise important or at-risk ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial. We have a specific focus on the South Coast of British Columbia.
- Pathways: We believe in systems change. We give support for the development and strengthening of the tools that build a better understanding of collected knowledge, which when shared with decision makers will encourage more resilient pathways to biodiversity protection. We see these as tools and systems essential to achieving strategic programs one and three.
- People: We believe in people. We strategically resource changemakers, communities, and leaders to help amplify their work to combat the biodiversity and climate crises. We also seek to connect and convene these messengers of biodiversity.
The Sitka Foundation is a family foundation with a simple mission: to be a catalyst in the conservation of nature and the protection of biodiversity. We do this through three strategic granting programs, a director-led granting program, and activation of our investment capital.
The Sitka Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation. Founded by Ross and Trisha Beaty in 2008, it has evolved in size and scope since inception. We began by supporting organizations close to our hearts and communities here in the Pacific Northwest, but have since become active both nationally and globally. We work with an invitation-only application process to qualified donees, granting several times a year in a way that is driven by strategic granting, influenced by trust, and married to a process that is reliant on a deep, multi-year relationship to place and people. The Foundation is run by a staff of four and a board of four. Its investment capital is managed in-house and by several external investment advisors.