Please read the URGENT letter below
TO: State and Provincial North American Envirothon Participants
CC Partners, Stakeholders, Funders, and others interested in the future of the North American Envirothon
The decision made in Montana August 5th to close out the North American Envirothon entity and merge the program to become one of the National Conservation Foundation enterprises led to considerable work by dozens if not hundreds of individuals over these past few months. The work focused on telling a better story about what the Envirothon is and launching a new and strengthened vision. After careful consideration of all of the factors involved it became clear that it is not going to be possible to conduct a successful event as originally envisioned in Georgia this year. For example, the funding is just not where it needs to be this close to the time of the event and while we regret this situation we are so committed to maintaining and growing the Envirothon that we feel this is the best way to ensure we go forward with successful events in Missouri for 2015, Ontario for 2016, and Maryland for 2017 as well as to ensure an international program over the long run.
This still means that every 2014 state and provincial competition program possible should go ahead as planned. After all that is where 90%+ of the success and experience of the Envirothon occur. We are still in the process of putting together next steps and plans for working together but do expect to have decisions about 2014 activities at the North American Envirothon level to share in the near future (next 30-60 days) We are including in our plans ways to recognize and help state/provincial programs and teams.
In order to achieve the goal of maintaining and growing the North American Envirothon the National Conservation Foundation has provided monthly operating expenses this past three months and has pledged funds for at least two more months while the NAE entity finishes up the last few official steps of closing out the NAE entity.
In addition the National Conservation Foundation has launched a new fundraising strategy that will help ensure the future of the Envirothon from now through 2015 and beyond. The strategy includes the use of some directed donations for high level consultant help as well as a significant amount of pro bono assistance to provide the tools to help us reach our goals.
We have attached two documents for your use as well. One is a letter from Sandy Huey, Chair of the North American Envirothon, to the Georgia Envirothon Council canceling the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding to carry out the event. The other is a February 4th report made by Steve Robinson, Chair of the National Conservation Foundation at the recent NACD annual meeting.
Please feel free to reply to this message and or to contact us should you have questions or ideas to offer. We also encourage you to circulate this memo and attachments to your respective state/provincial teams so the message is shared with all concerned parties.
Thanks for contributions to this amazing program. We look forward along with you to a bright and growing Envirothon for the youth and volunteers of our two nations and the world.
SteveRobinson, Chair Sandy Huey, Chair
National Conservation Foundation NA Envirothon