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Meyer Memorial Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon. Our mission is to "work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon." In 2008, Meyer launched the Willamette River Initiative, a 10-year program to improve the health of the Willamette River. Meyer and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board formed an innovative private/public funding partnership to support river restoration on the Willamette and select tributaries. Since then, we have built partnerships with other funders and organizations working to improve the river's health through science, restoration, advocacy and other means. To date, the Willamette River Initiative has awarded nearly $18.5 million in grants to dozens of organizations, including local and regional land trusts, watershed councils, state universities, agencies and conservation groups involved in river restoration work. Beyond grantmaking, the Willamette River Initiative also plays a coordinating role to help increase collaboration and alignment among Willamette River stakeholders. Learn more about the Willamette River Initiative.


WRI is a program of the Meyer Memorial Trust with fiscal sponsorship by the Tides Center.