MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur
Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship
US Forest Service Chief’s Global Stewardship Award


For two decades, Forest Trends has pioneered the idea that recognizing the economic value of our forests and natural ecosystems is one of the most powerful incentives for sustaining them.

We are an entrepreneurial organization with a consistent track record of spotting key intervention points before most others do. We work by building unusual coalitions – uniting governments, financial institutions, companies, local and indigenous communities, and conservation organizations both large and small – to create systemic change.

How do we do this?

  • By piloting next-generation business models, tools, and strategies for a 21st century green economy.
  • By building strong and diverse coalitions between unusual partners.
  • By delivering transparent and credible data on environmental markets and finance.
  • By deliberately remaining small and nimble, so we’re able to move quickly when we see opportunities for impact.

Help us build an economic engine behind conservation – the next ten years are critical.

Your gift helps us mobilize solutions and investments where they’re most needed.


We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
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