The mission of the Turner Foundation (TFI) is to protect and restore the natural systems – air, land, and water – on which all life depends.
-Reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of our Founder and Chairman Ted Turner
by our willingness to be bold and take risks towards our priorities;
-Leverage partnerships to maximize the impact of TFI, such as partnerships with other foundations and collaborations between nonprofit organizations, communities, businesses and government;
-Break down the silos between our issue areas and prioritize initiatives with cross-cutting benefits, with a particular focus on city leadership and agriculture initiatives; and
-Maintain a diverse “tool box” of approaches to philanthropy.
Conserve Land to Protect and Restore Wildlife and Biodiversity
The Turner Foundation's land conservation program supports the restoration and protection of both private and public lands.
For public lands
, the Foundation works to:
-Defend bedrock conservation laws and programs;
-Expand and protect public lands through non-partisan, place-based collaboration among nongovernmental organizations and state and federal agencies; and
-Create opportunities to shift attitudes and management practices from extraction to conservation.
As sixty percent of our nation’s land is privately-owned
, the Foundation recognizes the value and impact of private landowner leadership and collaboration, and works to:
-Build regional capacity for large-scale private land initiatives;
-Recruit private landowners to engage in land and wildlife conservation initiatives; and
-Support regional and national initiatives to protect corridors and buffer zones to adapt to a changing climate.
The Foundation works to conserve both private and public lands that protect wildlife species that serve as indicators or keystone species for priority ecosystems, and supports conservation efforts to enhance climate resiliency