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.

Owyhee Steward (non-paid)

Requirements

  • 1+ blogs per year AND/OR

  • Attend stewardship events and/or personal advocacy in your area

Donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

Owyhee Hiker ($25–49)

Monthly donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

  • First chance to sign up for day trips & projects, no deposit required

  • Second chance to sign up for multi-day trips, 1 deposit waiver

  • One-time annual 25% off merchandise & 1 free merch item (2022)

One-time donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

Owyhee Adventurer ($75–99)

Monthly donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status 

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration & on website

  • First chance to sign up for day trips & projects, no deposit required

  • Second chance to sign up for multi-day trips, 3 deposit waivers

  • One-time annual 40% off merchandise & 1 free merch item (2022)

One-time donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

Owyhee Friend ($1–24)

Monthly donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

  • One-time annual 10% off merchandise (2022)

One-time donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

Owyhee Camper ($50–74)

Monthly donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status 

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration & on website

  • First chance to sign up for day trips & projects, no deposit required

  • Second chance to sign up for multi-day trips, 2 deposit waivers

  • One-time annual 30% off merchandise & 1 free merch item (2022)

One-time donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

Owyhee Champion ($100–249)

Monthly donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status 

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration & on website

  • First chance to sign up for day trips & projects, no deposit required

  • First chance to sign up for multi-day trips, 4 deposit waivers

  • One-time annual 50% off merchandise & 1 free merch item (2022)

One-time donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration and on website

  • Second chance to sign up for day trips, projects, and multi-day trips

Owyhee Superstar ($250+)

Monthly donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status 

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration & on website

  • First chance to sign up for day trips & projects, no deposit required

  • First chance to sign up for multi-day trips, no deposit required

  • One-time annual 75% off merchandise & 2 free merch items (2022)

One-time donor benefits

  • Membership card with name, date, and donation status 

  • Recognition at annual donor celebration & on website

  • First chance to sign up for day trips, projects, and multi-day trips, 1 deposit waiver

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Owyhee Legacy

If you are interested in having Friends of the Owyhee be a part of your personal legacy, we would be honored. You will receive all of the benefits of the Owyhee Superstar and more. 

Owyhee Business Partner

You can contribute to Friends of the Owyhee on behalf of your business, too! Options include (but are not limited to): providing funding, product donations, and event hosting support.

Donor benefits

  • Recognition on our website with your logo & links 

  • Recognition in social media posts

  • Invitations to join trips