Letter from the Executive Director
Our website is designed to help you discover and use the Great Lakes Protection Fund. The Fund is a unique critter in the ecosystem of Great Lakes institutions.
We help teams test the application of new technologies, new approaches to governance, and sometimes new styles of leadership.
Many visitors to this website are frustrated by the lack of a specific list of favored topics, sought-for actions, coveted widgets, or other “pre-approved, fundable project ideas.” Other visitors are inspired to pick up a keyboard or telephone to begin discussing ideas, challenges, and project outcomes.
Most teams that get funding have initiated a relationship that has grown out of extensive, informal discussions that hover over the intersections of science, finance, politics, civic engagement, business models, risk shifting and optimistic unknowns.
Imagination and indefatigable curiosity are critical to project design. In our world, project design is a journey we take together. Let’s determine that your ideas are unavoidably ripe. Our purpose is getting to “yes.”
Russell Van Herik