The fundamental challenge facing organizations in the conservation and outdoor recreation communities is often securing the funding necessary to do their work. SHIFT for the Planet, taking place November 1 at the 2017 SHIFT Festival, tackles this challenge head-on by connecting potential funders with organizations diligently working to leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains in one of seven categories: non-profit leadership, business leadership, public land-management innovation, technology, adventure athletes, and youth engagement.
“For three years, SHIFT has awarded individuals and nonprofit organizations doing unique, important work to unite communities with outdoor recreation and the conservation of public lands,” said Christian Beckwith, founder and director of SHIFT. “But this year we’re excited to give some of them a stage to spotlight their work and connect with leaders who may provide the extra guidance and funding needed to grow and enhance their efforts.”
“Powderhook’s work is about bringing creative solutions to the challenge of declining participation in hunting. We’re a non-traditional fit for a group like SHIFT for the Planet, which gives us a tremendous opportunity to share the value of hunting with an audience that may not hear our message every day,” said Eric Dinger, founder of Powderhook. “As Baby Boomers age out of our ranks, the hunting community sorely needs to build bridges to other forms of outdoor recreation and we’re excited to bring the story of hunter-led conservation to the SHIFT community.”
Designed in partnership with 1% for the Planet, Silicon Couloir, George B. Storer Foundation and Blue Sky Funders Forum, SHIFT for the Planet has pre-vetted a selection of organizations who are doing the most impactful, innovative conservation work in the country this year. Their work will be spotlighted in a series of presentations that highlight the work’s focus, impact, and a central challenge facing its ongoing success. The presentations will be made to an audience of business members, private and corporate funders, individual donors, and peers.
2017 SHIFT for the Planet presenters include the Hispanic Access Foundation; Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership; Colorado Parks and Wildlife; Utah Diné Bikéyah; Wylder Goods; WILDCOAST: and Miho Aida.
The 2017 SHIFT Festival explores ‘The Business Case for Public Lands.’ According to Dinger, it’s a perfect fit for a company with the mission statement ‘Access for all.’ Said Dinger, “People of all walks love and value our public lands, and that’s a great common ground. With Digital Mentoring we hope to be able to support more and different people as they grow an interest in hunting or fishing.”
Tickets for the 2017 SHIFT Festival are on sale now. For more information, visit www.shiftjh.org.
ABOUT 1% FOR THE PLANET: 1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses, nonprofits and individuals working together to accelerate smart environmental giving. To date, it has facilitated more than $150 million dollars in support for the environment.
ABOUT SHIFT: SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) is an annual festival that explores issues at the intersection of conservation, outdoor recreation and cultural relevancy. It is a project of The Center for Jackson Hole, whose mission is to strengthen the coalition of interests devoted to our public lands.
ABOUT POWDERHOOK: Powderhook promises to help people get outdoors more often. The Powderhook app and website are a one-stop place to find local, current information and expertise simply not available anywhere else. Our mission is ‘Access for All,’ which means we’re bringing all the local updates, groups, trips, events, and spots we can into one simple-to-use resource. For more information, or to become a Digital Mentor, visit us at www.powderhook.com.