Why Donate to FOTO?

When you donate to Friends of the Owyhee, you not only support our mission to conservation advocacy in the Owyhee Region, but you also become part of a community of Owyhee-enthusiasts that realize how important and unique our local public lands are. We are stronger when we coordinate our combined efforts toward a common goal. Becoming a member of the FOTO community directly assists a local grassroots non-profit organization in spreading the joy of outdoor recreation in our community while inspiring a life-long relationship with conservation and stewardship for natural spaces.

 

We can’t do what we do without you. While we do work hard to secure a diverse array of grants and other funding to support our work, direct support from those that see the value of our efforts is absolutely crucial to our success.

Your one-time or monthly donation to Friends of the Owyhee is indeed tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and our Tax ID/Employer Identification Number is 83-2527575.

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What Does Your Membership Fund?

Generous donations from our sponsors have already facilitated incredible work in our community. With your support, we will have the capacity to expand our reach and efforts by sustaining and growing our programs, providing useful content, and much more. Check out what we’ve accomplished in 2021 alone and how that connects with each pillar of our mission.

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Conservation Advocacy
Stewardship
  • Our monthly stewardship program, First Saturdays Stewardship, has led to both much cleaner spaces in the Owyhee and the engagement of countless volunteers, and it’s stronger every month. Within the scope of FSS, we’ve removed loads of graffiti and garbage, and we’ve also worked hard with State Parks for long-term infrastructure improvements to the Succor Creek campground and recreation area.

  • On each trip, we make a point to steward the land that we are visiting by conducting a land acknowledgment at the start of each trip and picking up trash or doing general maintenance to the natural space that we find ourselves in. 

  • We have advocated for stewardship with other local organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club of Ontario, Oregon, which now maintains their own "plogging" (jogging and picking up trash) program within the city of Ontario. 

Responsible Recreation
  • Our Owyhee Geology Series has taught numerous folks over the past couple of months about the Owyhee’s fascinating geologic history and allowed them the chance to explore some well-known sites in the Owyhee in a responsible way.

  • Our blog features useful, online content to educate outdoor recreationists far and wide on great spots to visit in the Owyhee as well as how to visit outdoors spaces in a responsible way.

For more information, visit each pillar's page:
 

We give back to our generous donors by offering benefits for each level of giving. For those that are unable to give monetarily, our non-paid membership option is a great alternative—it centers on contributing time and energy to FOTO by writing blog posts, attending stewardship events, and/or advocating for the Owyhee in your area. Of course, we encourage all members to participate in these ways, too! If you need a hand, get in touch with us on how to do that.

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Owyhee Hiker

For a donation between $1 and $99, each Owyhee Hiker will receive:

  • 15% off one order of FOTO merchandise

  • 1 trip deposit waiver (excluding fully catered trips)

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Owyhee Adventurer

For a donation between $100 and $499, each Owyhee Adventurer will receive:

  • 25% off one order of FOTO merchandise

  • 2 trip deposit waivers (excluding fully catered trips)

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Owyhee Champion

For a donation of $500 and up, each Owyhee Champion will receive:

  • 50% off one order of FOTO merchandise.

  • Trip deposit waivers for any trip they sign up for (excluding fully catered trips)

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Owyhee Steward

For those that wish to be FOTO members but are not able to contribute financially to our organization, we encourage you to provide us with at least one blog post and attend at least one stewardship event during 2022. If you are interested in this option but do not live in our area, we look forward to chatting with you about other advocacy possibilities.