Prairies Now and Forever

MPFLogo50thAnniversary_NowandForeverThe summer of 2014, MPF launches its 50th Anniversary Campaign, with the goal of raising $4 million for present and future prairie acquisition, long-term stewardship, and to build its permanent endowment.

Campaign Brochure

 

 

 

Stilwell Prairie in Vernon County. Photo by Scott Lenharth

MPF’s 376-acre Stilwell Prairie in Vernon County. Photo by Scott Lenharth

Missouri was once blanketed with 15 million acres of tallgrass prairie, covering one-third of the state. Much of the state also harbored prairie species in open woodlands, savannas, and glades. These native grasslands are a vital part of Missouri’s biological heritage. Today less than one percent of original native prairie remains, in fewer than 90,000 scattered acres. Many of these remnants are under constant threat of land conversion. Whether for the birds that nest under cover of the tall grass, the many species both above and below ground that can be found nowhere else on earth, or the memories of early pioneers seeking new opportunities, our remaining prairies define the richness of our past and the promise for our future, and must be protected for future generations.

Through increased prairie conservation, restoration, and outreach, the Missouri Prairie Foundation will protect more pollinators and other wildlife, clean more water, sequester more carbon, and bring more beauty home in the landscaping of our communities. For nearly 50 years, the Missouri Prairie Foundation has been honoring our prairie heritage, protecting prairies for our grandchildren, and encouraging the use of native plants. Nearly 50 years ago, the founders of the Missouri Prairie Foundation took a stand to ensure that Missouri will always have rich, beautiful prairies. As its 50th Anniversary approaches, the Missouri Prairie Foundation presents all prairie enthusiasts and lovers of native landscapes with a golden opportunity to invest in future prairie protection by contributing to the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Campaign.

Campaign Goal—$4 Million in Gifts and Pledges

This campaign fundraising goal will enable the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) to purchase more land, steward it carefully, and increase and sustain the staffing necessary to continue building support for prairie and native plants.

 

How MPF Will Allocate Campaign Funds

$1 million for annual operating expenses from 2014 to 2016

$1 million for new land acquisitions, so MPF is financially prepared to act promptly to save a prairie parcel from being plowed under. While MPF has recently received funds that are being used to acquire prairie parcels, it is vital that MPF’s Acquisition Fund, with a current balance of just $32,000, continue to receive funds so MPF is prepared to acquire prairies when they become available.

$1 million for MPF’s Stewardship Fund, to provide a secure source of funding for future prairie stewardship expenses.

$1 million for MPF’s Permanent Endowment Fund, to provide a permanent source of funds for non-stewardship operating expenses.

 

50th Anniversary Campaign Funds Received, Awarded, or Pledged as of May 2014

Several recent generous gifts, pledges, grants, and awards, including those listed below, are moving MPF toward its campaign goal:

$750,000 Award for Prairie Acquisition in Jasper and Newton Counties from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

$555,266 from the Estate of Ms. Linden Trial, for prairie acquisition, stewardship, outreach, education, and research

$162,495 Award for Land Acquisition and Restoration in the City of Joplin from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

$100,000 Grant from the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation, for prairie acquisition

$79,143 from the Joseph C. Koster Revocable Trust, for area of greatest need

$50,000 pledged from Mr. Rudi Roeslein, for area of greatest need

$30,000 from Dr. Clifford Welsch, and an additional $90,000 pledged, for prairie acquisition

$16,840 from LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, to help underwrite 2014 Missouri Prairie Journal expenses

How You Can Help MPF Reach Its 50th Anniversary Campaign Goal

MPF has established Prairie Champion and Prairie Patron giving opportunities for individuals, businesses, philanthropic foundations, and others with the means to give cash or securities at the following levels:

Prairies Now and Forever Champion $1 Million or More

Big Bluestem Champion $500,000 or More

Prairie-Chicken Champion $250,000 or More

Sunflower Champion $100,000 or More

Monarch Champion $50,000 or More

Blazingstar Champion $25,000 or More

Gold Patron $10,000 or More

Silver Patron $5,000 or More

 

Prairie Champions and Prairie Patrons receive significant recognition and a generous package of amenities.

 

Putting Your Donation to Work

Below are examples of the ways your gift can make a difference.

With a $1 million gift,

• MPF could purchase several hundred acres of native prairie

• or protect and steward its 2,600 acres of native and restored prairie for about five years

• or protect and steward about 700 acres of prairie in perpetuity

• or meet its $1 million permanent endowment goal during this campaign

 

With a $500,000 gift,

• MPF could purchase 150 to 300 acres of native prairie

• or protect and steward its 2,600 acres of native and

restored prairie for more than two and a half years

• or protect and steward about 300 acres of prairie in perpetuity

• or meet half of its $1 million permanent endowment goal

 

With a $250,000 gift,

• MPF could purchase roughly 100 acres of native prairie

• or protect and steward its 2,600 acres of native and restored prairie for about 15 months

• or protect and steward about 150 acres of prairie in perpetuity

• or meet one quarter of its $1 million permanent endowment goal

 

With a $100,000 gift,

• MPF could fund the production of the Missouri Prairie Journal for more than three years

• or fund production of the Missouri Prairie Journal, other outreach and education activities, and its Grow Native! program for one year

• or protect and steward its 2,600 acres of native and restored prairie for about nine months

• or protect and steward about 60 acres of prairie in perpetuity

 

With a $50,000 gift,

• MPF could protect and steward its 2,600 acres of native and restored prairie for about four and a half months

• or protect and steward about 30 acres of prairie in perpetuity

 

With a $25,000 gift,

• approximately 7.5% of MPF’s annual operating budget would be met

 

Gifts at the $1 million, $500,000, $250,000, $100,000, $50,000, or $25,000 levels can be designated to any of several MPF funds to address particular conservation interests to the donor.

 

A $10,000 or a $5,000 gift

• will help fund MPF’s annual operating budget, including stewardship, outreach, and education costs

Each contribution moves MPF closer to fulfilling its campaign goals, and each donor is an honored supporter. Gifts or pledges may be lump sums or annual amounts. Prairie Champions and Prairie Patrons receive significant recognition and a generous package of amenities. For more information, please call 573-356-7828, or email info@moprairie.com.

 

Campaign Membership Goals

Your annual membership dues are critical to the operation of MPF. MPF is grateful to all members, at each level, for joining and sustaining their memberships. Become a member or renew your membership. To broaden its membership support, which will increase MPF’s prairie protection capacity and also strengthen the collective voice for prairie conservation, MPF has established the following membership goals to reach by 2016:

• Grow membership to 2,000 or more by 2016. As of May 2014, MPF membership is at 1,650 individuals/families/groups. The MPF goal is to attract and sustain at least 350 new members at the regular to sustaining member levels ($35 to $500) by 2016.

• Welcome 50 or more new lifetime members by 2016. A gift of $1,000 or more (lump sum; cash or securities) entitles an individual, family, or organization to lifetime membership in MPF and complimentary admittance for two to the MPF Annual Dinner. With 50 or more new lifetime members, MPF  will have more than 150 total lifetime members.

• Recognize 30 or more lifetime members as Crawford & Christisen Compass Society Members in 2014, in 2015, and in  2016. Lifetime members who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more (cumulative or lump sum in a calendar year) are members (year gift is made) of the Crawford & Christisen Compass Society and invited to the annual Society dinner. The Society is named for MPF’s co-founders Bill Crawford and Don Christisen, who set the direction for MPF’s permanent prairie protection.