1969
Started by Elliott Donnelley, the first National Chair of Trout Unlimited with an asset base of $114,000.
1972
Makes Initial grant of $15,000 to support wild cutthroat trout populations in Wyoming
1979
The Foundation completes it’s first decade of operation by donating over $76,000 to 25 different watersheds
1980
The Foundation makes it’s first donation to support wild populations of Atlantic Salmon in the US and Canada
1989
The Foundation underwrites the instructional video, The River’s Return, and sends it out to local organizations help them restore their home waters.
1990
The Foundation makes it’s first grant award to protecting wild Pacific Salmon stocks in North America.
1997
The Foundation’s total awards exceed $0.5 million
2005
The Foundation surpasses $1.0 million in awards to benefit trout and salmon
2010
Grant totals exceed $1.15 million across 284 approved requests
2014
Grant totals exceed $1.3 million across 338 approved requests