The Stranahan Foundation has made a $15,000 grant to Black Swamp Conservancy. A portion of the donation is a one-for-one challenge grant – requiring the Conservancy to raise matching funds from new supporters or increased contributions from current donors. These funds will be used to support the Conservancy’s annual operations.
Black Swamp Conservancy is a regional land trust whose mission is to permanently protect natural habitats and family farms for the benefit of current and future generations. The Conservancy’s service area includes sixteen counties in northwest Ohio, from the Indiana line to the west and the Lake Erie Islands in Erie County to the northeast. The service area extends as far south as Hardin County. To date, the Conservancy protects more than 13,300 acres of agricultural lands, woods, prairies and wetlands.
“The Stranahan Foundation has been a generous supporter of Black Swamp Conservancy for many years,” said Rob Krain, executive director of the Conservancy. “As a nonprofit organization that relies solely on the support of individuals, foundations and corporate donations, grants such as these are vital to our continued success. We are grateful for the opportunity proposed by the Stranahan Foundation to raise matching funds to meet the challenge portion of this grant.”
In order to receive $5,000 of the grant funds, the Conservancy must raise an additional $5,000 in donations from new supporters or increased gifts from current donors. The Conservancy has until the end of the year to meet the grant match challenge.
The funds from this grant will be utilized to help pay for the day-to-day expenses of running the Conservancy. These costs include employee salaries, land protection expenses, stewardship costs, public education programs, and conservation defense insurance.
For more information on Black Swamp Conservancy or how you can help the Conservancy reach the challenge portion of the Stranahan Foundation grant, please call 419-872-5263, or visit www.blackswamp.org.