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Ecotrust is headquartered in Portland and is a unique organization; it integrates public and private purpose and for-profit and non-profit structures. Ecotrust's many innovations include co-founding the world's first environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and children's health, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it takes inspiration from the wisdom of Native and First Nations. Over nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $80 million in grants into more than $500 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California.
Ecotrust’s role is to innovate, invest and inspire. It is:
- A “think tank” and a “do tank” designed to identify and test deep innovation;
- A vehicle for access to capital to invest in promising innovations as proof of concept and scalability; and
- A growing constellation of public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations designed to inspire people around the world.
We work at a bioregional scale because there is a natural competitive advantage implicit in the particular characteristics of every bioregion, and because it has global application.
Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being.