7.18.2011 - Press Release

1% for the Tetons announces 2011 Grants Awards

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1% for the Tetons (1%T) announced its 2011 grants winners today. Seven projects will receive a total of $71,735, an average of $10,248 per project. The table on the attached press release lists each of the seven award winners; more information about each funded project is found on the attachment accompanying this release, as well as on-line at http://onepercentforthetetons.org/projects.

Also on the attachment is contact information for the project head at each of the recipient organizations.

1%T is a project of the Jackson-based Charture Institute. Jonathan Schechter,
Charture’s executive director, noted: "We are very excited to fund these seven projects this year, for each addresses a key challenge or opportunity facing the Tetons region." Schechter continued: "Our grant recipients cover the entire span of the region’s ecosystem, both geographically and biologically, reflecting the diversity of interests and issues involved in sustaining the Tetons region."

1%T’s members donate one percent of their annual sales to fund sustainability-related projects in the Tetons region. During June, members directed their donations to finalist proposals they favored. Out of eight finalists, seven received full-funding. These donations were augmented by contributions from individuals and non-member businesses.

"2011 marks 1% for the Tetons’s fifth year of awarding grants," noted Schechter. "Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our members, during our first five years 1% has granted $556,745 to 44 remarkable projects.

"Put simply, in five short years, the business owners who belong to 1% for the
Tetons have donated over half a million dollars to make the Tetons a more sustainable place.

"Why are they doing this? Because they recognize that their businesses can never be healthier than the environment in which they sit. Through their donations, 1 Percent members not only are taking clear, meaningful steps to sustain their home; they’re also making an investment in the long-term health of their business."

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