Bozeman Spirits Distillery is generously donating
Grantee Wil Mehea leading a beach cleanup in remote southern Belize
Unfortunately, tons of garbage flows from the Honduras River, along with millions of flip flops blown off the deck of cruise ships, pollute the pristine waters in Belize and the Yucatan. YDCCF provided Wil and his team with a grant to fund the clean up and patrol the Guatemala boarder to document and stop illegal gilnetting.
YDCCF is deeply grateful to all the the amazing individuals who supported YDCCF in 2017. Wow! We raised nearly $28,000 in December alone. We are also indebted to our fifty two lodge matching partners who help leverage more resources for the fisheries and fishing communities your care about. On qualifying trips, these partner lodges are donating funds on behalf of Yellow Dog clients, which are, in turn, matched by Yellow Dog and donated to YDCCF. In 2018, we expect this program to leverage at least $30,000. This means that the money that you spend when booking a trip through Yellow Dog has a very direct and meaningful impact in the areas that you visit and fish.
Thanks to you, we had an amazing inaugural year and leveraged nearly $45,000 for projects around the globe:
Cook Islands (South Pacific)
In celebration of Thanksgiving and "Giving Tuesday", I wanted to reach out to tell you about the incredible "community" of anglers and supporters of YDCCF. Anglers will go to great lengths to pursue game fish and, in turn, work tirelessly to help protect and enhance the fisheries, wild places and communities where fish live. YDCCF supports the local fisheries, ecosystems and communities where Yellow Dog customers travel and where great angling is found. In our inaugural year, we leveraged $45,000 for grass-roots projects in Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize, Cook Islands, Cuba, Florida, Idaho, Mexico and Montana. Many individuals and industry partners joined us to make these grants possible and we are extremely grateful to have had such a successful first year. A few grant and project highlights include:
- Completely rebuilt the local public school bathrooms in the fishing village of Punta Allen, Mexico.
- Supported the advance of “Stream Access Now”, an effort to educate and motivate citizens to uphold and protect stream access across the country.
- Sustained efforts to stop illegal gillnetting in southern Belize along the Honduran and Guatemalan borders in an efforts to protect and preserve the area fishery.
- Provided 17 young leaders from rural Bristol Bay communities with guide training, allowing them to pursue jobs in the recreational fishing and outdoor tourism industry.
- Helped restore access to hurricane ravaged Sandy Creek in the Bahamas.
- Created a fly fishing curriculum in Cuba to teach youth about fly fishing and potential jobs and careers in outdoor recreation and tourism.
52 of the lodges that Yellow Dog works with and represents are joined with YDCCF and are donating funds for every Yellow Dog client on qualifying trips: amounts that are then matched by Yellow Dog and donated back to YDCCF. Click here to see a list of partners.
In 2018 we intend to double the number of projects we support and the amount of funding we award. By giving to YDCCF, you can help us double our efforts for the communities and fisheries you care about. YDCCF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support, help ideas and consideration.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Gives Back to the Communities and Fisheries Anglers Care About
The Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation (YDCCF) was established in October 2016 by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to support the local fisheries, ecosystems and communities where Yellow Dog customers travel and where great angling is found. During this inaugural year, YDCCF has leveraged nearly $45,000 for grass-roots projects in Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize, Cook Islands, Cuba, Florida, Idaho, Mexico and Montana.
The Board of YDCCF met on October 26, 2017 and approved four new grant awards to projects in Alaska, Bahamas, Belize and Florida. These newest grants include funding to support the Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize, the Crooked Island Redevelopment Fund in the Bahamas, the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy, and the Guides Trust Foundation in the Florida Keys. In addition YDCCF recently facilitated funding for Bonefish E2’s Way in the remote Cook Islands, a film detailing the community of Punta Allen Mexico, and the Redside Foundation in Idaho.
On hearing of their grant award Joni Miller, Co-Founder and Project Director of Ocean Academy, commented “We are so pleased to partner with Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation and appreciate their support to help the youth of Caye Caulker to engage a new generation of environmentalists and professionals”.
Also in 2017, YDCCF launched a partnership program with a number of the lodges that Yellow Dog works with and represents. This “matching funds” program allows YDCCF to leverage even more resources for projects across the globe. These partner lodges are donating funds for every Yellow Dog client on qualifying trips: amounts that are then matched by Yellow Dog and donated back to YDCCF.
Giving back is the right thing to do and YDCCF puts our money where our mouth is. “The Yellow Dog model has always included philanthropy”, says Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Co-Founder Jim Klug, “and now through YDCCF together we can support more relevant projects and leverage more money in the communities where we work and fish, and protect the places that we love – both now and into the future.”