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Friend of Wildlife,

Welcome to the Coastal Courant II: A newsletter about protecting your coastline and the people and wildlife that inhabit it.

In this issue: Meet Randi Tepper of the Tepper Foundation and understand why the Tepper family felt the Coastal Resilience Growth Fund has great potential to provide solutions to the negative impacts of climate change on our coasts and communities.

Learn more about how National Wildlife Federation is expanding assistance and support for coastal communities and how significant policies are accelerating innovative coastal resilience solutions.

Why it matters: Our coastlines support 42% of the US population, with approximately 170 million people living and working in coastal communities. In fact, coastal states are the most densely populated, the most developed, and the fastest growing.

The good news: With Covid restrictions lifting, and multiple on-the-ground projects, we are excited to continue engaging volunteers in the upcoming field season.

Join us on a deep dive each quarter as we continue to share success stories and explore challenges and strategies to protect our coastline. The next edition will be in your inbox this summer!

Interview with Randi Tepper

Randi and DanRecently, The Tepper Foundation generously invested $250,000 in the Coastal Resilience Growth Fund. As one of the most significant philanthropic families in the Northeast, we are honored and grateful they made the decision to add National Wildlife Federation to their portfolio. We recently spoke with Randi Tepper, COO of The Tepper Foundation to learn more about her, the Foundation, and their decision to invest in the growth fund.

What is your favorite outdoor experience or way to connect with nature?
I love mountains and hiking. Several years ago, my husband and I took a 3-month backpacking trip through South America where we went on some amazing treks. We got married on top of Aspen Mountain.

Tell us a bit about The Tepper Foundation, its mission and focus areas and your role.
The Tepper Foundation values equity and opportunity for all. We invest our capital and expertise to address issues through innovative, effective, and nimble solutions. Our current areas of focus include economic opportunity, food security, healthcare, education, disaster relief and prevention, and giving to Jewish and anti-hate causes.
I am still new in this role. I have been the COO for about 1.5 years

Why did you make the decision to add climate to your areas of focus?
We have begun investing in the climate space because we see it as an essential issue of our time. We believe that none of our other work matters if the earth is not a safe, habitable place to live for ourselves and future generations.

Why did you decide to invest in NWF and the Coastal Resilience Growth Fund in particular?
NWF has a history of doing great work, and we admire the way they approach conservation and the climate crisis with an equity and justice lens. We were impressed by how all of this came together through the Coastal Resilience Growth Fund. This fund has incredible potential; it can tackle coastal resilience at scale by convening partnerships across multiple organizational levels, pulling on policy levers, and selecting the most efficient solutions.

What are your primary objectives of The Tepper Foundation/NWF partnership?
Our primary objective is to learn. We are new to climate funding, and the NWF team has been open and willing to share what they are doing so we can improve our understanding of the field and of different ways to address the climate crisis.

More stories

Expanding Technical Assistance for Coastal Communities

By Chris Hilke
There's a lot that goes into protecting our Nation's 95,000 miles of coastlines, learn how the National Wildlife Federation and the Coastal States Organization are collaborating to develop strategies to protect the communities at risk of increasingly imminent coastal hazards.

Expanding Technical Assistance for Coastal Communities

Working with Nature to Address Coastal Flooding

By Chris Hilke and Amanda Poskaitis
The Town of Oxford, MD, like many small seaside towns, is subjected to serious natural hazards brought on by a warming climate and rising sea levels. NWF's work with Oxford acts as a case study for the utility of the Coastal Resilience Growth Fund, where a scalable approach can be used to bolster coastal communities' resilience to climate impacts.

Flooding Issues Compound along the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Three Policies Supporting Coastal Resilience

By Noah Boland
When it comes to understanding the hows and whys of coastal resilience capacity building, one the best places to start is examining policy. This article dives into the essential components of a few important policies that strongly support increased resilience for coastal communities.

Three Policies Supporting Coastal Resilience



Build, Scale, & Sustain

The $10 million three-year campaign will build capacity, scalability, and sustainability along our coastlines to protect wildlife and people.

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