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Greater Yellowstone Coalition
October 2, 2012

As a board member who was instrumental in helping the Greater Yellowstone Coalition purchase and renovate the new building, I am extremely pleased with the results in particular the fiscal benefits our headquarters will perpetually yield for our conservation programs.

The GYC board and staff began thinking about purchasing a building when the real estate market in Bozeman was spiraling upward. Our rented offices sold twice during our tenure and correspondingly our rent increased substantially. Our Board of Directors concluded that owning our offices was a prudent fiduciary move that would provide long-term fiscal stability to the organization. After 30 years as the leading conservation organization in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, GYC now has a permanent home that speaks to and financially supports our conservation values.

Every dollar of money invested into our building project was raised separately from our annual conservation and operational fundraising efforts. At no point during the building project did GYC curtail our programmatic work. In fact, during the two years of renovation work on the building--which coincided with the brunt of the national economic downturn--GYC maintained or increased its commitment to our wide variety of conservation programs in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Immediately upon occupancy of the new building, GYC began saving operational money. Within the next two years, we will realize approximately $75,000 in annual savings--money saved over paying rent and lower energy expenses due to the L.E.E.D. certified building's solar thermal water and PV electric systems. All of the savings gained from the new building will be directly reinvested in our critical conservation work. The new building is not only the organization's permanent home, but it also strengthens GYC's position to continue building for the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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