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Great Bear Foundation of Montana Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/09/2009: Great Bear Foundation of Montana

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: GREAT BEAR FOUNDATION OF MONTANA

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Missoula, MT

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Basic Organization Information

Great Bear Foundation of Montana Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/09/2009: Great Bear Foundation of Montana

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: GREAT BEAR FOUNDATION OF MONTANA

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Physical Address: Missoula, MT 59807 9383
EIN: 81-0405765
Web URL: greatbear.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
B Educational Institutions
B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
D Animal related
D31 Protection of Endangered Species
Ruling Year: 1982 


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Mission Statement

The Great Bear Foundation is a 501(c((3) organization founded in 1981 and dedicated to the conservation of bears around the world and the diverse ecosystems they require to survive.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2007)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2007
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2007

Total Revenue $87,096
Total Expenses $87,435

Revenue & Expenses

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Charles Jonkel

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Board Composition ?
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Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

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People information was last updated by the nonprofit in May 2009

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Programs

Program: Bear Basics (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
Environment
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

The Bear Basics Program for K-12 schools is a free, interactive presentation that has educated thousands of Montana students on the natural history, behavior, and ecology of large North American predators. The focus is primarily on black, grizzly, and polar bears, but wolves and mountain lions are included, as learning to live with top-level predators is essential in Montana. Bear biologists review our factual curricula and educational packets that we provide to teachers.

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Program Description:

Classes and seminars for the public include field trips (run at near cost) to the Churchill Northern Studies Center, Manitoba, Canada. Great Bear staff and Charles Jonkel also teach eight to ten classes a year in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy at their Pine Butte Swamp Grizzly Bear Preserve outside of Choteau, Montana, and with Glacier Institute, a non-profit organization based in Kalispell, Montana. Other seminars and conferences include the annual Bear Honoring in conjunction with Salish Kootenai College, and other slide shows and presentations.

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Program: Research projects (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
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Program Description:

Research projects include the collection of DNA to document grizzlies in the Selway-Bitterroot WIlderness and film and oral history documentation of Kermode (Sprit) bears in coastal British Columbia. Great Bear helped develop a livestock loss payment system to landowners on the Rocky Mountain East Front, has worked in trans-border bear issues with Alberta and British Columbia, and has also been involved in litigation over delisting of the grizzly in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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