Chino Cienega is a small foundation founded in 2003 with a global reach and a highly engaged team of directors and advisers. With little overhead and no paid staff, its funds are available for projects which deal with climate change and environmental sustainability, conflict avoidance and reconciliation, culture and youth programs and sustainable development. The Foundation provides ongoing core support for innovative and successful programs and urges grantees to leverage their support and seek ways to collaborate appropriately.
The Foundation was established in Palm Springs, California, as a legacy of Frances & Prescott Stevens and Sallie & Culver Nichols.
Prescott and Frances were early arrivals in the little community that later became incorporated as the City of Palm Springs, and their daughter Sallie attended the town’s one-room school house. Sallie and her husband, Culver Nichols, were lifetime residents of Palm Springs from the early 1930's forward.
The Stevens and Nichols families share a commitment to education and the arts, together with an enduring appreciation of the inter-relatedness of local community to the international community and to the global environment. It is to this shared vision that the work of the Foundation is dedicated.
Congratulations to Myanmar activist Myint Zaw, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize April 20, 2015, for his efforts to stop construction of the Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River. Read about him in the LA Times, and watch the Goldman video. CCF is pleased to have supported Myint Zaw's work and his nomination for this well-deserved recognition.
Removing the remnants of war to make the countryside of Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, safe: CCF grantee, Project Renew, is featured on the PBS Newshour.
CCF's support of the Stimson Center's Mekong River Program receives Stimson's "Spotlight".