How to support wildlife conservation while you do your holiday shopping!
This week, as you do your shopping for your friends and loved ones, why not make sure that some of the dollars you are spending go to something that will last long after the decorations come down?
With nearly limitless options available to you, we would like to help you out by giving you a comprehensive list of 2% Businesses going above and beyond to support wildlife conservation this holiday season!
Note: This list may expand over the course of the month as (1) we have several new businesses coming on before the end of the year and (2) many businesses keep programs under wraps until week-of, so be sure to check back whenever you are doing your shopping!
Running through the end of the year, Sitka Gear is matching dollar-for-dollar every new or increased donation to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership!
Donation-matching challenges are super impactful programs for conservation causes, and few do as much for hunters and anglers in the USA as the TRCP.
When you shop Sitka Gear products this holiday season, know that a portion of your dollars are going to this program AND you can literally double your support for TRCP by donating through this program until the end of the year.
Click here to donate: Sitka + TRCP Matching Challenge
Also, you'll see that there are a few businesses giving to the TRCP in this list. Those donations will be effectively doubled by Sitka Gear through this program!
|You have probably seen Kelsey Johnson's Bristol Bear design from the first piece in our 2019 Artist Project series (there are still a few shirts and hat sizes available!). She is a very passionate supporter of wildlife and wildlife causes!
From now until December 10th (also the ordering deadline to have it by Christmas), $5 from every print sold on her site will go to TRCP!
She will be submitting the compiled donation on Christmas day... which will then be doubled by the aforementioned donation matching program by Sitka Gear!
Again, to guarantee delivery by Christmas, orders must be made by December 10.
Visit Kelsey's webstore here: KRaeArtworks.com
You will need to strike quickly on this one:
Through Thanksgiving Day, Smile Outside is donating $1.50 from every book to conservation!
Smile Outside are the creators of the finest children's wildlife conservation books available. They clearly communicate conservation principles to children in a fun and easy-to-comprehend way with gorgeous imagery. Sales from their books support groups like Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and their local Backcountry Hunters and Anglers chapter in Texas.
The Jubrans (founding brothers) also informed us that "We have something BIG planned for Black Friday - Cyber Monday..." so, keep an eye on their social media for the announcement!
Check out their books here: Smile Outside
|Makers of high-quality trail cameras, Exodus Outdoor Gear has a really cool program going through the holiday season!
"We're going to have a limited amount of '2% for Conservation' cameras engraved. Purchasers will be able to choose a non-profit from a dropdown list and a portion of the proceeds will be donated." - Jake Hofer, Marketing Director at Exodus
We have one of the first "2%" cameras AND IT ROCKS.
The limited-edition 2% cameras will be available from the Exodus Outdoors website starting in December!
|Seek Outside has long shown support for wildlife conservation through their product donation programs. This holiday season, they're helping you give back as well!
For any order over $100 in the month of December, Seek Outside will $10 to the TRCP!
Also in December, all 2% Individual Members and employees of 2% Business Members will receive a 10% off coupon to use with Seek Outside - Keep an eye on your email inbox and our social feed for that!
Our staff members have taken their heated ultralight tipi tents on many a backcountry volunteer trip and hunting expedition, and we can verify that not only are their products top-shelf but so is their commitment to giving back to wildlife!
Visit the Seek Outside Website: SeekOutside.com
|Shopping with Hunt To Eat gives you the cool opportunity to choose a conservation cause to give back to by what product you purchase!
This year, on #GivingTuesday, the Hunt To Eat crew will be giving 100% of employee time to wildlife conservation! Don't worry - even though they'll be giving their time out in the field, your order will make it to you in time for Christmas!
Visit Hunt To Eat's web store: HuntToEat.com
|One of the newest 2% Certified businesses, Robertson Piano specializes in piano maintenance and tuning services in the greater Birmingham, AL region.
For the month of December, Robertson Piano will be donating 5% of all receipts to the Freshwater Land Trust - one of Alabama's premier land conservation groups!
You can book Brandon Robertson of Robertson Piano, here: https://robertsonpiano.com/
|Venado is a newly 2% Certified hunting lifestyle clothing company based out of the Kettle Moraine region of Wisconsin!
For the month of December, Venado is giving an extra $5 from every order to the Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation to help them conserve local habitat in highly populated southeast Wisconsin. Use this special link to have the donation applied at checkout: https://www.venadoinc.com/
|For the 3rd year running, Dark Timber Coffee is launching their "Roosevelt Roast" on Black Friday! 100% of the proceeds go to the TRCP!
Also, for their other roasts, you may select a conservation cause to receive 10% of the cost of your order at checkout!
Check it out here: DarkTimberCo.Com
|Damaged Timber is a Canadian lifestyle clothing brand that gives back by funding a scholarship to students working in ecological and environmental studies!
Not only is Damaged Timber selling their old stock of original designs for only $10, but until December 20th, 10% of all sales will go to the Alberta Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers!
Check them out here: damagedtimber.com
Year-Round Programs to Consider
Many 2% Certified Businesses have programs built-in for their customers to be able to give back all year, with some letting you choose what organization receives the funding!
Here is a shortlist:
Through their "Round up for Conservation" program, customers may round up their hunting gear order to the nearest dollar (or higher) for the conservation cause of their choosing.
You can also donate directly to a list of conservation groups on their website, including the National Wildlife Federation, TRCP, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Pheasants Forever, and the Quality Deer Management Association - or you can split a donation evenly among the groups. For US citizens, these donations are also tax-deductible! Check it out here: FirstLite.com
$1 from every bag (20%) goes to Trout Unlimited and the Bonefish Tarpon Trust. You can visit their store here: EarlyRiser.co
10% of all net sales with Skull Brew go back to groups like the Quality Deer Mangement Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and the Nature Conservancy. Check out their coffee here: SkullBrewCoffee.com
Aside from seasonal programs like their "#StampItForward" waterfowl stamp program, Public Land Tees also donates $5 from every shirt sold to Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Visit their store here: PublicLandTees.com
ALL 2% Businesses Give Back!
As a reminder, ALL 2% Certified Businesses give back at least 1% of their gross sales to conservation - so no matter which 2% businesses you shop with, you can rest assured your dollars are going back to wildlife!
And on that note, if your business is committed to giving back to wildlife in the coming year, you should get 2% Certified for it! Not only does it help you inform prospective customers about what is important to your business, but it helps encourage others to give back as well. Request info here: 2% Business Certification