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.”