Westport River Watershed Alliance Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

May 22, 2012

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.

WRWA is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations.  1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010.  Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which WRWA can look to for support.

The newly approved WRWA works to restore, protect and sustain the natural resources of the Westport River and its watershed.

Over 2,300 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% network, and over $70 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date.  “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.

WRWA’s executive director, Matt Patrick, spoke enthusiastically about joining 1% for the Planet, “It’s an honor to be a part of this effort to fund the good works of the many environmental organizations throughout the world.  We look forward to working with them to make our corner of the world a better place.”

 About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org  

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