Nonprofit Led by F&ES Alum
Receives $1 Million MacArthur Award

Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based international nonprofit organization led by Michael Jenkins ’88 M.F., was one of nine organizations to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
 
The awards recognize nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the MacArthur Foundation’s core work, including the defense of human rights and advancing global conservation and security.
 
Forest Trends, which helps develop tools that capitalize on the economic value of forests and other ecosystems, received a $1 million award.
 
Working with the forestry, financial and energy sectors, governments, environmental groups and indigenous communities, Forest Trends has helped advance new policies, initiative, and institutions that bring environmental conservation into business and governmental decisions.
It is a great affirmation of the work we are leading to develop market-based financial approaches to conservation that put a real economic value on benefits from nature.
— Michael Jenkins ’88 M.F.
According to the MacArthur Foundation, Forest Trends has helped Peru develop its National Forest Strategy, engaged the Chinese government on trade practices, worked with Ghana’s private sector to improve agricultural production, and helped create the U.S. Office of Environmental Services.
 
“It is a great affirmation of the work we are leading to develop market-based financial approaches to conservation that put a real economic value on benefits from nature,” Jenkins, President and CEO of Forest Trends, wrote in a message to supporters. “Additionally, it recognizes our efforts to build a different institutional model, staying small and nimble while addressing issues that need both local and global strategies.”
 
The organization will use the MacArthur Award to establish a reserve fund and support strategic planning, development, and communications.
 
Read More: MacArthur Award Validates Climate Strategy  in The Huffington Post
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PUBLISHED: February 20, 2015
 

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