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Barr-Campbell Family Foundation

Inspiring Meaningful Change

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The Barr-Campbell Family Foundation was formed to make grants to charitable, scientific, and educational organizations. The Foundation will make grants primarily directed at providing better access and higher quality healthcare for the underserved, especially those with special needs; providing better educational opportunities for those with limited means; supporting sustainable food systems; and supporting the preservation of the environment and use of natural resources.

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Rural Health Innovation

Partnership with University of California Berkeley School of Public Health to provide 100 MPH scholarships for rural healthcare workers.

The foundation’s first major grant is $10 million to promote an innovative public health workforce in rural America by fully funding 100 Rural Innovation Scholars to receive online MPH degrees at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. These scholarships are exclusively available to experienced healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, hospital executives, social workers, etc.) that live and work in rural communities. The school has created a special curriculum that focuses on unique rural issues of access, payment, workforce, quality and sustainability. We need new solutions to rural health’s intractable problems, informed by people who deal with those issues every day. Our goal is to create 100 rural health innovators and leaders of the future.


Access to Open Space

The Mitchell Canyon education center complex will educate park visitors about the natural and multicultural history of the mountain, communicate safety information, provide access for visitors with disabilities to outdoor exhibits and the visitor center, and create multiple spaces to accommodate K-12 classes and interpretive presentations.  This facility will bring new visitors to the area from the broader Bay Area, specifically reaching out to underrepresented populations through multicultural displays and a new education outreach program.  Finally, the design focuses on the construction of a “green,” fire-safe building to demonstrate how to build for climate change.


Supporting the Underserved

Sierra Community House provides hunger relief, legal aid, immigration assistance, and family-strengthening programs, as well as direct services to victims of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual, and child abuse in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.


Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project provides free suicide prevention services and hotline for LGBTQ youth. They estimate that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ young people seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. and could benefit from their services.Their trained counselors connect with LGBTQ young people 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Feeding the Poor

The Food Bank delivers more than one million meals to the poor each week. They address hunger head-on – from their food pantry network and home-delivered groceries to CalFresh (food stamp) enrollment. Every week, over 53,000 households count on them for food assistance. 60% of what we distribute to them is fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Supporting People with Disabilities

Canine Companions seeks to reach their ambitious and aspirational goal to become the most recognized leader of our industry, able to provide service dogs – expertly trained, highest quality, free of charge – to all qualified applicants by 2025, including: 

  • Adults with physical or auditory disabilities. 

  • Children with physical or cognitive disabilities aged five or older or adults with physical or cognitive disabilities who require the assistance of a facilitator such as a parent, caregiver or spouse. 

  • Veterans with a physical or auditory disability or post-traumatic stress disorder* (PTSD). 

  • Professionals working in a health care, visitation, criminal justice or education setting.

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Trail Development and Maintenance

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a non-profit organization that builds and maintains multiuse trails in the Sierra Buttes, Tahoe, Plumas and Lassen National Forests.
Their mission is to build sustainable recreation-based communities through stewardship, job creation and world-class events.

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Preservation and Maintenance of Open Space

Muir Woods. Crissy Field. Alcatraz. The Marin Headlands. Stinson Beach. Lands End. The Presidio. And 30 more national park sites north and south of the Golden Gate, along with beloved spots like Presidio Tunnel Tops and Crissy Marsh.

 The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy supports them all.

Since 1981, partnering with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust, the Parks Conservancy has provided over $685 million in support to the Golden Gate National Parks, rallied more than 275,000 volunteers, and pioneered innovative park stewardship and education programs.

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