Support a wild Northwest through a business or community partnership
Conservation Northwest / Aug 03, 2020 / Members
Want to do more for Northwest wildlife and wildlands?
Here are six ways to engage your company and community, stay connected and make an impact.
By Heather Hutchison, Special Events and Public Engagement Coordinator
What do Seattle Glassblowing Studio, physical therapy clinic Experience Momentum, and tattoo artist Jacqui Alberts all have in common? These local businesses have all supported Conservation Northwest and are an integral part of our Business and Community Partner family!
There are so many opportunities to get involved with Conservation Northwest to help protect, connect and restore wildlife and wildlands, but one of the biggest ways to support our work is by connecting your passion for conservation with your workplace and community.
With so many in-person fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, we’re expecting a loss of tens of thousands of dollars for vital conservation projects. But just because we can’t meet in person doesn’t mean you can’t help raise awareness and support for Northwest wildlife and wildlands!
The possibilities for partnership are endless, and we’re happy to brainstorm with you to find the perfect opportunity for your workplace or group. Below are six fun and innovative ways to engage your business or broader network:
1. Invite Conservation Northwest staff to talk at your next virtual event. Imagine having our staff:
- Join your Zoom lunch chat to talk about wildlife bridges and habitat connectivity
- Facilitate a discussion about grizzly bear and lynx restoration with your community hiking or conservation group
- Give a presentation about wildfires and forest health to your company’s environmental or sustainability group
- Host a virtual trivia night to raise funds, learn wildlife facts and win fun prizes
2. Engage your workplace or community group through a team giving drive, action alert campaign, Facebook fundraiser or fundraising event.
Every year, we have a wide range of business and community groups, from zookeeper associations to weekly card playing groups to yoga studios, who pool together funds for our conservation projects. This could be a great way to do good while also increasing exposure for your business.
In the past few years, several small businesses have created their own fundraisers, like Jacqui Alberts’s tattoo fundraiser or Seattle Glassblowing Studio’s live music event, which brought in thousands of dollars in support of Northwest wildlife and wildlands and dozens of new clients.
3. Donate to Conservation Northwest with a company or group gift, in-kind contributions or event sponsorship.
You could get your company’s name and logo listed on our website along with other sponsorship benefits that we’d be happy to discuss with you. Contact us to find out what upcoming event opportunities, sponsorship levels and benefits may be available for your business or community group.
4. Donate an auction package or sponsor Conservation Northwest’s Annual Dinner & Auction.
This is a unique way to show your business’s support and catch the eyes of more than 300 of the Puget Sound’s top philanthropists and most dedicated conservationists. We’re always looking for new auction packages and sponsors for our spring event, so reach out anytime!
5. Amplify your individual gift with an employer match.
Check out our list of employers who match charitable gifts, or ask your employer to consider matching employee donations.
6. Have a vehicle in your fleet you no longer need and looking to reduce your carbon footprint?
You could donate it through CARS, and direct the proceeds to Conservation Northwest!
Even during a time of social distancing and limited in-person gatherings, there are numerous creative ways you can partner with us! Find out more about becoming a Conservation Northwest Business & Community Partner.
Through these valuable partnership opportunities, businesses and community groups are providing essential support for local wildlife and wildlands through critical conservation projects, including habitat restoration in the Central Cascades, Safe Passage 97, and our Range Rider Pilot Project. Our partners are vital to keeping the Northwest wild!
“CNW’s forward thinking on preserving what we have and making it better for the future really resonated… The ability to engage our staff, members, and clients with the work directly was a huge draw. One of our first projects was about 5 years ago and was a tree planting up at Snoqualmie Pass… After that experience I was hooked and have looked forward to supporting them every year since.” – Shanon Tysland, CEO of Experience Momentum, a Conservation Northwest partner for more than five years.
As I’m sure every one of us has experienced over the past few months, we rely on our community in difficult times, and a pandemic is no exception. We are grateful to our community of partners who have strengthened and supported us through this exceptional year, and we look forward to sharing that network of hope and support with you and your community.