Over the coming weeks leading up to Old Bill’s, I’m focusing on a slice of the nonprofit community. This week, I hike a trail with my four pups and celebrate our Conservation, Environment, and Animal organizations.
Dear Foundation Friends,
It’s cooler up here by the mountain lake as I sit on a boulder in the shade of some pine trees. The wildflowers are incredible this year. I know that many of you have been in this exact spot. I can feel your presence here, just as I do the spirits of pioneers and homesteaders who found this shady spot too. It will be here for the valley’s children, and their children, because thoughtful people decided a long time ago to designate this place a pristine wilderness.
You touch conservation every day in this valley. When you’re walking Cache Creek trail, hiking Snow King, floating the Snake, or heading up to Surprise Lake or Ski Lake, you’re in the midst of acts of conservation. You gather your bottles and boxes and take them to those familiar blue recycle bins, or you support a community effort to build a park or save a downtown, historic block – that’s conservation. There are organizations that assure you have access to clean water, solar power, open spaces, trails, and environmental and climate data too.
And when you are outdoors walking, hiking, skiing, camping, and fishing, I see your posts about bears and cubs (hello 399!), cougars, raptors, trout, moose, ducks, swans, foxes, elk, beavers, deer, and otters. Sometimes you post photos of wildlife in your front yard. We are so fortunate in our abundance but that wealth of wildlife exists because organizations work, every day, to assure wild creatures have room to roam, and monitoring and protections to keep their populations healthy.
Let’s take a moment to talk about our indoor and barn wildlife too. My soul belongs to my furry companions and, by the numbers, I am not alone. We have a pet-loving community. A small group of nonprofit partners makes a huge difference for animal welfare. They rescue animals from difficult situations, feed and nurture them, and place them with new families. They fund emergency medical treatments, provide transport, make spay and neuter accessible, and keep our valley cleaner through free mutt-mitts and trail ambassadors. We name our pets. Can you name the handful of organizations that give sweet animals a soft landing?
Conservation and environment and animals need you. You can support nonprofit partners working in these essential fields through Old Bill’s Fun Run this year. The future of our valley appreciates your act of giving today.
I’ll see you outdoors,
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
Conservation, Environment & Animals
Advocates for Multi-Use of Public Lands
Animal Adoption Center
Animal Shelter - Jackson/Teton County
Astoria Park Conservancy
Center for Jackson Hole
Craighead Beringia South
Dog Is My CoPilot
Energy Conservation Works
Friends of the Bridger-Teton
Grand Teton Association
Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Jackson Community Recycling/
Teton County ISWR
Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs
Jackson Hole Climate Action Collective
Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
Jackson Hole Ducks Unlimited
Jackson Hole Horse Rescue
Jackson Hole Land Trust (including R Park)
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
National Parks Conservation Association
Nature Conservancy in Wyoming
Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
PAWS of Jackson Hole
Protect Our Water Jackson Hole
Raynes Wildlife Fund - Meg and Bert
Responsible Growth Coalition
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Jackson Hole Chapter
Save Historic Jackson Hole
Sierra Club - Wyoming Chapter
Snake River Fund
Teton Botanical Garden
Teton Raptor Center
Trout Unlimited - Jackson Hole Chapter
Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education
Wyoming Outdoor Council
Wyoming Wetlands Society
Wyoming Wilderness Association
Wyoming Wildlife Advocates
Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities
Click here for a full list of participating nonprofits.
Since 1997, Old Bill’s Fun Run has raised more than $173 million for nonprofits in Jackson Hole. Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill donate $500,000 every year to challenge the community. Co-Challengers and Friends of the Match join them to create a matching grant opportunity that inspires others to give. Through this collaborative initiative, donors can contribute to their favorite nonprofits with increased impact.