Build your conservation brand with Vital Ground!
From stunning landscapes to iconic species like the grizzly bear, the Northern Rockies and Inland Northwest are rich in scenic beauty and natural resources. It’s no secret that the region’s economy is closely tied to its open spaces and wildlife — outdoor recreation, tourism and the uncountable benefits of living in the wildest corner of the lower 48 keep people intertwined with this irreplaceable landscape.
Vital Ground’s Business Partners in Conservation program provides numerous ways for businesses of all sizes and types to support conservation in the Northern Rockies and Inland Northwest. Your investment will protect the landscapes most important to grizzly bears, other wildlife and people alike, all while promoting your products, services and brand to our conservation-minded audience of more than 60,000 supporters. Learn more about our partners and partnership opportunities below, and consider an investment in conservation today — together we can make a lasting impact!
Featured Business Partners
Baker Mills’ Kodiak Cakes: Baker 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.”
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: Young 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.
Product Royalty Agreements
As part of a royalty agreement, businesses use Vital Ground’s name and logo to help promote products, then contribute a portion of sales toward wildlife conservation in the Northern Rockies and Inland Northwest. In other cases, our name or images may be used in exchange for contributions to Vital Ground in the form of goods, services or expertise. In all cases, business and products are aligned with the brand and mission of Vital Ground. We are proud that many successful partners recognize the powerful combination of environmental stewardship and good business.
Because Vital Ground’s work includes the purchase of land and conservation easements from landowner partners, we rely on broad support. Corporate foundation grants tend to be of a size that can make a dramatic impact on the landscape through Vital Ground’s conservation projects. We consistently deliver successful results on complex projects and the most detailed grant submission and reporting requirements.
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. Sponsorship of Vital Ground events contributes to wildlife conservation and reaches a broad audience through consistently polished event planning and execution.
Employee Matching Gift Programs
Employer matching gift programs can double or even triple employee gifts to Vital Ground. If your company offers this service, please contact us and invite a presentation to your employees. If you are a company employee, call your human resources office to see if your company has a matching gift program and learn how to initiate the process of securing matching donations to conservation!
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
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: