EIN 94-3112461

Forterra NW

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Forterra NW innovates and scales land-based solutions to address the climate crisis, conserve critical lands, and support equitable communities.
Also known as...
Cascade Land Conservancy
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Program areas at Forterra NW

Community driven development: Forterra looks across the rural and urban landscape to see the connection between people and land. We develop programs that address environmental and social equity. We have longstanding and deep relationships with communities across the region. We work in collaboration with, and are led by, these community partners. We utilize our decades of experience in real estate, land conservation and coalition building to develop innovative solutions to address the shortage of attainable housing, benefit local businesses and communities, create jobs, other economic opportunities and support community wellbeing.
Restoration and stewardship: Forterra partners with organizations and communities throughout the region to restore and strengthen public lands, parks and urban forests. Through our evergreen carbon capture (ecc) program, Forterra has planted thousands of trees each year in partnership with local companies and individuals. Over their lifetimes, these trees will help offset hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide. Ecc helps partner organizations and individuals take direct action to address the climate crisis while helping to restore local forests and urban tree canopy. Partners have included sounders fc, nordstrom, and becu, along with dozens of individuals.
Conservation: Forterra's landscape-scale approach ensures the conservation of critical lands for communities throughout the region. Forterra has conserved more than 275,000 acres of land since our founding in 1989. At any given time, we are working on dozens of projects to conserve lands for community, habitat and recreation. We know how to work quickly and decisively to ensure vital lands are not lost but we also know that some projects take time to get right. These include the 50,000 acre teanaway community forest or the 4,000 acre port gamble forest, both of which took more than 10 years and deep community partnerships to complete. Some projects are small, but just as important, like the recently acquired camp kilworth which is one of the last undeveloped shoreline habitats in federal way, Washington. Small or large, these projects add up and contribute to a healthy environment and resilient communities. No matter the size of the project, Forterra brings a purposeful, innovated and interconnected approach that delivers success for our region.
Policy: Forterra is a leader in the design and implementation of market-based growth management and conservation tools. Forterra has led the design, adoption, and continued implementation of transfer of development rights (tdr) programs at three different levels: 10 cities, 4 counties, and 1 regional program. Since 2009 these programs have conserved more than 100,000 acres of farms and working forests by trasferring the development rights of these properties to support intentional growth in our region's cities. To support growth in cities using tdr, Forterra led the creation of the landscape conservation and local infrastructure program (lclip), which gives cities a financial incentive to protect resource lands and make infrastructure investments. Forterra also works with communities throughout the region to engage culturally diverse constituents in planning and policy issues related to improvingquality of life for residents.

Grants made by Forterra NW

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Conserve Our FutureSupport Ballot Initiative$15,000
Roslyn Downtown AssociationDonation Net of Main Street B&o Tax Credit$8,288

Who funds Forterra NW

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
JP Morgan Chase FoundationIn Support of Neighborhood Revitalization$400,000
Schwab Charitable FundEnvironmental and Animals$278,650
United States Endowment for Forestry and CommunitiesHealthy Watershed Consortium$185,552
...and 42 more grants received totalling $1,938,904

Personnel at Forterra NW

Michelle ConnorPresident and Chief Executive Officer$416,188
Margaret GriffithsChief Financial Officer and Vice President Administration$269,689
Kristi EnglandCro and Vice President Strategic Projects$263,988
Rachel ValdezChief People , Culture and Technology Ofc.$262,564
Erin KindallVice President Finance
...and 28 more key personnel

Financials for Forterra NW

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$9,675,192
Program services$1,006,018
Investment income and dividends$198,721
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$73,583
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-641,325
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$2,950
Total revenues$10,315,139

Form 990s for Forterra NW

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-14990View PDF
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-11-12990View PDF
2019-122021-04-05990View PDF
2018-122020-01-28990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 25 new grant, including a grant for $400,000 from JP Morgan Chase Foundation
December 26, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
December 26, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 7 new personnel
December 23, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from American Endowment Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsEnvironmental organizationsCharities
Land and water conservationEnvironment
Political advocacyLobbyingConservation easementReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
5101 14th Ave NW 307 Ste 200
Seattle, WA 98107
Metro area
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
King County, WA
Website URL
(206) 292-5907
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C34: Land Resources Conservation
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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