Announcing a (Not So) New Name – Message from our President

Today we are announcing a new, exciting milestone in our organization’s history: American Prairie Foundation will now be known as American Prairie Reserve. This small shift signifies the success we’ve experienced since undertaking this project more than a decade ago and signifies the direction we are heading as both an organization and a destination.

Over the years, we’ve found that the name American Prairie Foundation could be confusing.  Many people thought we were a grant-making organization and that we focused on prairie restoration as a whole, rather than our very specific goal of building a multi-million acre wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana.

This change also reflects our progress in building American Prairie Reserve. Today, while still surely a work in progress, the Reserve spans more than 123,000 acres of public and private land. It is already a haven for outdoors enthusiasts and is home to an expanding herd of bison and diversity of grassland species. The Reserve is also growing in popularity with independent travelers and groups, such as National Geographic Student Expeditions, who consider the Reserve to be a national treasure in the making.

We will continue to operate with the same focus and effectiveness that you have grown accustomed to over the years –even our logo will remain nearly identical. You shouldn’t experience any interruption in your interactions with us, and we’ve included a few frequently asked questions on the bottom of this post to help answer questions you may have.

I hope that you are encouraged by the news and will continue to support our effort to reconnect this vast landscape. We anticipate that the next ten years will be a period of great expansion and increasing public enjoyment of American Prairie Reserve, and I encourage you to make the journey with us.

Warm regards,
Sean Gerrity
President, American Prairie Reserve


Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Will American Prairie Reserve have the same tax ID number as American Prairie Foundation for donation purposes?
Answer:  Yes, our tax ID number and non-profit 501(c)(3) status will remain the same and be listed as American Prairie Foundation doing business as American Prairie Reserve.

Question: If I have listed American Prairie Foundation as a beneficiary in my will or other estate plans, do I need to make any changes to reflect the name change to American Prairie Reserve?
Answer: No changes are necessary.  Our legal name will remain American Prairie Foundation.  We will be using the assumed business name American Prairie Reserve going forward to better represent our efforts.

Question: Will my donations given to American Prairie Reserve continue to be tax deductible?
Answer: Absolutely!  While our legal name and non-profit status is American Prairie Foundation, your donations to American Prairie Reserve as our assumed business name are fully tax-deductible within the IRS regulations.


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