Coldwater Conservation Fund

Supporting Scientific Research and On-the-Ground Projects

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Since 2015, the board of the Coldwater Conservation Fund, or “CCF,” has awarded over $1.2 million to more than fifty Trout Unlimited projects across the country.

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The CCF has had a profound impact on TU’s core work of protecting, reconnecting, and restoring trout and salmon, their habitat, and the science that makes that work possible.

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A Big Impact on Trout Unlimited’s Core Work

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Strategic

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The Coldwater Conservation Fund is put to work by its board of directors for needs ranging from venture-capital style project startups to emergency funding for urgent needs or late-breaking opportunities. The CCF is a vital source of private, unrestricted funding for TU projects, and by a simple, one-step process those dollars are applied directly, immediately, and strategically where they are needed most.

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Leverage

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Investments of CCF funds into TU projects are put to use by TU project managers not only on the ground, but also to raise additional funding for those projects – many times over. For example, in 2018 TU staff took $300,000 from the CCF and used it to raise another $6.6 million from charitable foundations and state and federal funding sources.

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Get an overview of various projects over the years or download a PDF summary from the past year’s initiatives.

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How the CCF Works

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The CCF is a collaboration between a group of Trout Unlimited’s most committed and generous supporters and the organization’s conservation leaders, providing simultaneously annual support to Trout Unlimited’s critical needs and a forum for learning, discussion, and decision-making.

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All donors who make a commitment of at least $10,000 a year for five years to the Coldwater Conservation Fund become members of its Board of Directors.

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The CCF Board meets with Trout Unlimited’s program conservation leaders once a year at the CCF Annual Meeting, where the staff make proposals for project support, and the Board decides how to distribute that year’s fund.

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The CCF Mission

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The mission of the CCF is to support scientific research, on-the ground projects, and other high-priority work of Trout Unlimited that might not otherwise be funded.

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For a pledge form or more information, please contact Stephen Trafton at stephen.trafton@tu.org or (703) 408-9401.

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