In the first year of GLADE, the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society was awarded a $26,000 Toyota TogetherGreen grant to develop, coordinate, and enact the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems. GLADE was the only recipient of TG innovation grants for three consecutive years. During that time, the GLADE project received over $67,000 to get the project off the ground. Even though we no longer receive funding from TogetherGreen, we are grateful for their start up funding.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society (GOAS) is the parent organization for the GLADE Project. Its mission is to promote bird conservation in southwest Missouri through birdwatching, education, habitat preservation and restoration, and public awareness, for the benefit of humanity and wildlife. Each year this all-volunteer organization lends the lion’s share of financial support and volunteers to ensure the success of the academy.
The Missouri State University Biology Department is in collaboration with GOAS to provide residential facilities, field laboratories, and volunteer expertise in a variety of fields relating to ecology. The weeklong residential program is held at Missouri State’s Bull Shoals Field Station in the heart of the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is a vital partner in both educational and restorative aspects of GLADE. As part of the Audubon Important Bird Area project, MDC employees assist GLADE participants in the transplanting of Giant Cane and the removal of invasive Eastern Red Cedar from the public lands of the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area. MDC Professionals instruct GLADE participants in a variety of areas; including botany, mammalogy, and applied land management.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Rural School Partnership Initiative work hand-in-hand to enhance GLADE’s post-academy projects. They have provided funding for GLADE LEAD Project Grants of $500 per student to develop projects in their home communities. In addition, CFO and RSPI have provided funding through the Coover Foundation for the training of area teachers in effective environmental education strategies and mentoring, all aimed at increasing the impact of post GLADE conservation service in Ozarks communities.
The Audubon Society of Missouri has awarded scholarships to area youth to attend GLADE. Through funds acquired from their SPARKS bird data collection project in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, they have provided $9200 in support to the GLADE project in the past 6 years.
The L-A-D Foundation, also known as the pioneer forest project, has awarded grants to GLADE totaling $11,000 in support to the GLADE Project. Funds for conservation projects are obtained through the sale of timber in managed sustainable forest areas in the Ozarks. This foundation was established by Missouri conservationist visionary Leo Drey. In 2016, the foundation is providing funding for 3 students from the Missouri Pioneer Forest counties of Carter, Dent, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, and Dent.
Ozarks Water Watch, overseeing water quality in the White River reservoirs and its tributaries, has been a strong supporter of GLADE for three years. Total contributions during this time have been $1750.
White River Valley Electric Cooperative has become an increasingly strong supporter of GLADE in recent years. Their contributions in excess of $5000 reflect their continuous commitment to area youth and conservation of the Ozarks.
In 2017, the Delta Foundation awarded the GLADE project a $10,000 grant to provide scholarships to 8 students. The foundation funds project that innovatively address the challenges of the environment, social justice, and education.
The Springfield Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists provides a wealth of volunteer expertise to the GLADE Project. From primitive skills to kayaking to Ozark folklore and music, the group perennially shares their passion for the outdoors with our students. Certified Master Naturalist also serve at mentors on post-GLADE community conservation projects.
During the yearly “Water Day” at GLADE, K Dock Marina has generously donated the rental fees on a pair of pontoon boats so that GLADE youth can receive firsthand training on techniques used to quantitatively and qualitatively monitor lake and stream water quality.
So Delicious Dairy Free awarded GLADE $1000 in its #140Difference campaign. GLADE was selected for being a project that makes the world a better place.
Other sources of funding include: