Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are incredible animals: able to survive in some of the harshest environments on Earth. The ruggedness of their habitat, combined with their elusive nature, has earned them the nickname “the ghost of the mountains.” While there are many organizations doing great work to protect snow leopards, such as the Snow Leopard Conservancy, the group I have supported the longest is the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT).
Today, and only for today, you have the opportunity to support this excellent nonprofit through the GiveBIG campaign.
The Seattle Foundation has been hosting GiveBIG, a one-day fundraiser for nonprofit groups, since 2011. But today is the last GiveBIG event: ever. Last year the SLT raised $14,000 through GiveBIG; let us try to make this final GiveBIG even more successful for them.
What I like most about the SLT is how they seem to excel at working with local people. True, most snow leopard conservation orgs are good in this regard. But the SLT went above and beyond in September 2015, when they launched a fundraising campaign to help their partner communities in Pakistan recover from devastating floods.
The Snow Leopard Trust did not have to do this. They are primarily a conservation organization: not a humanitarian one. The fact that they chose to leave their niche to help their partner communities made them stand out in my mind, and I have supported them ever since.