The Tributary Fund engages communities in protecting wildlife and habitat by connecting
cultural traditions, religions
and conservation science.






Join The Tributary Fund tomorrow for the Portland Metro Interfaith Garden Celebration!  To recognize the thirteen faith organizations that received Seed Grants to plant pollinator habitat on their property, we are happy to create this event which will include reflections and stories from multiple faith perspectives and a quick Pollinators 101 from Rich Hatfield of Xerces Society.  Here are the details:  

When: Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: May 11 – Seeds of Understanding Garden, N. Vancouver Ave, just south of N. Killingsworth, Portland, Oregon

Open Gardens: Several pollinator seed grant congregations are holding open gardens on May 11th. Come see, learn, share and get some inspiration for your gardens at your home or congregation! Here are the locations and times:

  • Aloha Church of God, 18380 SW Kinnaman Rd. in Aloha, Oregon from noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 18380 SW Kinnaman Rd., Aloha. Come by anytime until 6:00p.m.
  • Dharma Rain Zen Center – new site! Entrance is 85th and Siskiyou. Parking at Glenhaven Park on NE82nd and Siskiyou. 3-6pm
  • Tigard First United Methodist, 9055 SW Locust, Tigard from 9:00 to noon.Who: This project is sponsored by The Tributary Fund through the critical support of Pollinator Partnership (www.pollinator.org) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (www.emoregon.org/earth_concerns.php). Participating faith organizations include: Aloha Church of God, Ascension Catholic Church, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, Community Friends Church, Dharma Rain Zen Center, First AME Zion Church, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Muslim Community Center/Seeds of Understanding, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Tigard United Methodist Church, and West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. page2image3680
Thanks to the 150 registrants for our recent webinars - Pollinators 101 and How to Plant a Pollinator Garden (see below). 

Pollinators 101

Pollinators 101 - a recorded webinar by Vicki Wojcik of Pollinator Partnership.
This is the first webinar from The Tributary Fund‘s Pollinator Program webinars. [We apologize for the first 47 seconds.  For some reason gotowebinar only captured the audio for the first slide.  Just listen in and you'll see images soon enough!]


How to Plant a Pollinator Garden

How to Plant a Pollinator Garden - a recorded webinar by Mary Rager from Pollinator Partnership and Jenny Holmes from the Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.  This is the 2nd webinar in The Tributary Fund‘s Pollinator Program webinars.


Many Gods of Planet Earth


Please take a moment (8 minutes) to watch Betsy Quammen’s TEDxBozeman Talk, filmed in Bozeman, Montana, on March 23.  Like it and comment…and spread the word!

Special thanks for photos and inspiration:  TEDxBozeman, ARC, Martin Palmer, Many Heavens, One Earth (www.windsor2009.org), Dreamtime, US Coast Guard, Snow Leopard Trust, Panthera, USFW, Cincinnati Zoo, Ted Wood, Zeb Hogan, Gandan Monastery, Ian Kellett, Taimen Conservation Fund.


Many Heavens, One Earth

Betsy Quammen interviewed fourteen religious leaders from around the world at a celebration called Many Heavens, One Earth, put on by the Alliance of Religions & Conservation and the UNDP.  The Tributary Fund with Wimberg Productions had exclusive film rights.  This short selection of interviews is just a taste of the power behind faith and the environment!  Ideally, this film will grow into a longer inspirational piece that explores actual on-the-ground projects lead by people of faith around the world.


Betsy Gaines Quammen, founder of TTF, is officially on sabbatical so she can finish her dissertation!



Sunday, December 2: THE VIDEO WILL BE POSTED SOON!  

Martin Palmer, “Stories from Around the World:  Many Heavens, One Earth”
Free public talk on the role of faith in global conservation efforts
Procrastinator Theater at MSU, 7pm



  • On June 27th we celebrated the groundbreaking of the new pollinator garden at Bozeman High School, planted by students participating in the STReaM Summer Program at the Bridger Alternative Program. Mayor Sean Becker, Superintendent Kirk Miller, and Assistant Principal Mike Ruyle helped celebrate the “first dig” with STReaM students. You can visit the Pollinator Garden in the Bozeman High School courtyard facing Main Street at the corner of Main and 11th.
  • TTF Received the 2012 Peacemaker Award from the Community Mediation Center in Bozeman, Montana.
  • TTF hosted the Spirit of Earth Day event on April 22nd.  The weather was unfortunately gorgeous…Mother Nature offered some tough competition.  However, while not heavily attended, the event offered terrific panel discussions on how and why to take conservation action, pollinators, permaculture, etc.
  • The 2012 Goodall Distinguished Alumna Award went to Betsy Quammen for her work with The Tributary Fund.
  • Our energy efficiency brochure for churches are currently available. We will keep you posted on toolkit availability, pollinator materials and other program details are available by emailing us.
  • Betsy met Princess Michael of Kent in Assisi and presented her with a reusable water bottle.  Additionally, the Mongolian Buddhist monastic body was recognized for the 8-Year Plan for Conservation, developed last year with TTF and ARC.
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