The Orvis Commitment
Orvis Customer Matching Grants
Our largest grants are Customer Matching Grants, where Orvis commits a substantial matching fund for donations solicited from our customers through promotions in our catalogs, stores, websites, social media, emails, and publicity campaigns. These grants offer the additional benefit of bringing strong publicity and endorsement to the project that far exceeds the actual dollars raised. With the partnering organization’s cooperation, we sometimes secure additional matching funds from other organizations.
Another important criteria used in evaluating Customer Matching Grants is the degree to which the project is understood and appreciated by members of our national customer base, who fall into two general categories: 1) Sporting Enthusiasts and 2) Nature Conservationists. On the Sporting side, past examples have included helping to reduce toxic waste from the blue-ribbon trout streams of the upper Clark Fork River, and restoration projects on the Sacramento and Susquehanna Rivers. Nature projects have included funding an aggressive conservation agenda to protect the Everglades, and supporting the preservation of sea turtle habitat on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
Customer Matching Grant projects are best if they have what we call a strong “Panda Factor”—a charismatic species that is widely recognized and a photogenic symbol of what is being protected, e.g. the American Bison; the African Mountain Gorillas. Additionally, these projects, their objectives, problems, and solutions, all must be easily understood by the layman, not versed in scientific or environmental language and theory.
In summary, a Customer Matching Grant project must:
It is expected that Grant recipients will also use their own promotional channels to publicize the grant and partnership with Orvis and will regularly supply Orvis with progress updates which may be used on the OrvisNews.com blog.
CUSTOMER MATCHING GRANTS
Please submit a project brief of no more than two pages, to include the following:
We also request that you submit a copy of your 501(c)(3) documentation.
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