Business Partners

Build your conservation brand with Vital Ground!

Vital Ground’s Business Partners in Conservation program provides numerous ways for businesses of all sizes and types to support grizzly conservation. These include annual business memberships, product-royalty agreements, workplace employee matching gift programs, and donations of in-kind services or cash.  Larger corporations often have established corporate foundations for providing grants to charitable organizations. Become a partner today and enjoy the “halo effect” of being associated with a respected nonprofit!

Featured Business Partners

Baker Mills’ Kodiak CakesBaker Mills is a family-owned business based in Park City, Utah. The company produces the Kodiak Cakes brand of whole grain instant breakfast and dessert mixes as well as gourmet berry syrups and microwave muffins. Kodiak Cakes mixes can be found in Target stores and other grocery outlets nationwide as well as direct to the public via the Kodiak Cakes online store. “Kodiak Cakes supports Vital Ground because we believe in healthy ecosystems,” says Allison Brown, Kodiak Cakes’ public relations manager. “It’s a great bridge between our customers and Vital Ground’s nationwide conservation-minded audience.”

Grizzly Blend Coffee

Montana Coffee Traders: In 2018, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Vital Ground’s longest-running business partnership. Since 1993, Montana Coffee Traders has teamed up with Vital Ground to help conserve vital wildlife habitat for the grizzly bear and other species. Montana Coffee Traders donates a portion of the sale of each pound of its Grizzly Blend Dark Roast directly for the purpose of safeguarding crucial wildlife habitat. “Montana Coffee Traders donates a portion of proceeds from every pound of Grizzly Blend coffee to Vital Ground to capture the iconic imagery and goodwill that flows from protecting and connecting habitat for the Great Bear,” says Heather Vrentas, MCT’s general manager. “It’s a unique opportunity to create an amazing positive impact on the environment and our brand.”

Young Living Essential Oils logo

Young Living Essential OilsYoung Living, Vital Ground’s newest business partner in conservation, produces pure essential oils through a proprietary, multistep quality control process called Seed to Seal®. Young Living cultivates lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other botanicals on farms in Utah, Idaho, France, Ecuador, and throughout the world. Offering the exclusive Animal Scents™ line of products, the company works to foster a global community of connection and discovery for both humans and animals, while inspiring wellness, purpose, and abundance. Vital Ground benefits from all sales of Young Living’s animal care products.


Other 2018 Business Partners

Download a Business Partners in Conservation Brochure


Partnership Types

Product Royalty Agreements

Vital Ground partners benefit from connecting with the only organization whose sole purpose is conserving crucial habitat for the grizzly bear – the most popular, charismatic and iconic wild animal.

In part, because of our association with Bart the Bear of movie fame, we offer an inside track to linking your company’s marketing and evidence of social responsibility to the image of tangible, successful efforts on behalf of the Great Bear.

Vital Ground has a unique niche — we are on the ground making a measurable difference protecting habitat for grizzlies and other wide-ranging wildlife by consummating land transactions with willing landowners. If your company’s image would benefit from values associated with keeping wild land wild forever — or if you care about the work we do, please read on …

A number of our Business Partners for Conservation programs involve a contractual relationship where the use of Vital Ground’s name and images are a factor in the selling of a product and, as a part of a royalty agreement, each sale results in a portion of the revenue going to Vital Ground. In other cases, we might grant approval to use our name or images in a defined way in return for a contribution to Vital Ground in the form of goods, services or expertise.

In all cases, it is critical that businesses and products are aligned with the image and mission of Vital Ground. We are proud that so many successful businesses recognize that sound environmental stewardship and good business are a powerful combination.

Corporate Foundation Grants

Many corporations have established foundations to deliver philanthropic support for specific causes. Because Vital Ground’s wildlife habitat conservation programs include the purchase of land and conservation easements from willing sellers, such transactions can be expensive. Corporate foundation grants tend to be of a size that can make a dramatic impact on Vital Ground’s conservation projects. We have consistently delivered on the most detailed grant submission and reporting requirements. We aggressively broadcast our gratitude for support and offer communities a favorable profile of the civic and conservation-minded corporate citizens with whom we partner.

Annual Business Memberships

For an annual gift of $1,000 or more, our Business Members for Conservation enjoy subscriptions to our publications, links on websites, acknowledgement in our reports and publications, and options to have Vital Ground reports and publications distributed to your most valued customers.


Vital Ground has a geographically diverse donor base. With supporters in all 50 states and many foreign countries, special event fundraising must be undertaken strategically. Those events are made much more effective when we can count on sponsorship to underwrite the cost. These functions are consistently brought off with class and polish and recognize our sponsors as caring and engaged members of the community.

Workplace Giving

Employer matching gift programs can double or even triple your gift to Vital Ground. Your company may also match gifts made by retirees or spouses. Call your human resources office to see if your company has a matching gift program, and learn how you can initiate the process of securing a match.


Unrestricted corporate gifts are very important to Vital Ground because they maximize our flexibility for meeting the most pressing conservation and operational needs.

Levels of Partnership

Business Supporters – $500

  • Business listing in annual report, with a circulation of over nearly 4,000 households throughout the U.S. and abroad
  • Your company name listed on Vital Ground’s website

Business Members – $1,000

  • Annual spotlight in Vital Ground e-Newsletter
  • Invitations to Vital Ground events and walks
  • Presentations available for your employees

Business Partners – $5,000

  • Additional recognition at signature events
  • News articles or advertisements in print and electronic newsletters, with a circulation over 6,000 households

Business Council – $25,000

  • Co-branding on highway billboards, if applicable
  • Picnic and walking tour of projects for employees

Non-Cash Partnerships

In-kind Supporting Businesses contribute goods and services of value and receive recognition on Vital Ground’s website.

Supporting Artists contribute artwork or photography and receive recognition on Vital Ground’s website.

Check out a recent Kodiak Cakes ad featuring Vital Ground ambassador Bart the Bear II: