THE EARTHFIRE INSTITUTE

Changing the way we see and therefore treat wildlife

aka Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center   |   Driggs, ID   |  www.earthfireinstitute.org

Mission

To reawaken our deep connection to wildlife and nature through Reconnection Ecology, expanding our sense of community to include all living beings and moving us to protect thriving habitats for all life.

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Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Dr. Susan B Eirich Ph.D.

Main address

P.O. Box 368

Driggs, ID 83422 USA

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EIN

82-0525968

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through habitat preservation, wildlife rehabilitation, and the framework of Reconnection Ecology, Earthfire Institute serves as a local and international seed center for new ideas of how to relate to wildlife in a way that works for both humans and animals. When we understand - on a deep emotional and visceral level - that the preservation of wildlands is directly related to the preservation of our humanity, we’ll make life choices that lead to a healthier, thriving Earth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Susan's Cabin in the Woods

A new video show hosted by Susan and featuring special guests covering a range of topics related to our natural world and our quest to reconnect with all that is wild, including ourselves. Launched in 2020, we envision quarterly programs that include interaction with viewers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Earthfire offers limited guided tours that give visitors the opportunity to visit with sanctuary animals and learn about Reconnection Ecology. R.E. provides a framework for understanding our inherent connection with wildlife and how to take action to preserve a thriving Earth for all.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Small groups of up to 20 people may come to Earthfire for day-long or multi-day retreats that seek to help participants better understand our interconnectedness with wildlife. Retreats are given personal, customized tours of our sanctuary and are able to visit close-up with resident animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Under our state licensure, we accept most small mammal species and non-migratory birds for rehabilitation and re-release into their natural habitats. Private citizens and Fish & Game officials may contact us about injured or orphaned wild animals in need of care. Raccoons, squirrels, and skunks make up most of our rescues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increasing keynote speeches and other conference speaking engagements have greatly expanded our audience.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We've added and improved collaborations with stakeholders who agree to and follow through on sharing our message and directing others to our resources.

Acres of natural habitat restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Raised funds and acquired a loan to purchase 120 acres of prime migration corridor in Teton County, Idaho

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of rehabilitated rescued wild animals that where able to go back into the wild.

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people working at the SME/Coop/Enterprise on a full-time (> 35 hours per week) basis as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID resulted in many conference cancellations

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We continually work to improve the living areas for our domesticated wildlife to ensure the sanctuary animals have the ability to live full happy lives while providing a safe place for humans to interact with them. We are in the process of raising money for new bear gardens and eventually plan to have an additional wolf garden. We'd also like to expand our animal rehabilitation center so that we have better capacity to receive and recover rescued wild animals per our Idaho State Fish & Game certification.

Earthfire serves as a successful powerful seed center of ideas, stimulating and reframing the discussion of conservation by including the voices of living beings usually outside our perceived community. We've pioneered an approach called Reconnection Ecology which opens the door to a deeper, more visceral connection with the natural world. Emotional attachment and an authentic sense of belonging has proven to lead to more constructive action on behalf of Earth's ecosystems.

Our outreach efforts include speaking engagements throughout the US and Europe, online Zoom salons, monthly enewsletters, consistent social media messaging, podcasts, collaborative partnerships with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Coalition, 1% for the Planet, and Network for Good. We're also building educational programs and coursework.

We've increased the number of retreats and custom visits onsite by hiring more staff and improving walkways and viewing areas. This gives visitors better access to meet the animals close-up, leading to a more meaningful experience.

Earthfire Institute is a working wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center, but we also offer selected opportunities for private site visits and group retreats.

Earthfire retreats are unlike any other. While there are numerous places people can go for healing, reflection and connecting with nature, very few focus on transforming human awareness of who animals are, how that understanding can add immense richness to our lives, and how that awareness can help motivate us to preserve and protect them. We work to foster the realization that if we look to heal the whole community that is our Earth, we will get healed in the process. Animals are masters at teaching us the joys and rewards of this way of seeing things.

In working to build a community of people who would like to work with us to preserve the wild animals and wild places of our planet, we believe the first step is to give people the opportunity to gain a deep and heart-based understanding of who these beings are, through the opportunity to meet animal ambassadors personally.

We've invested over $1M dollars in facility improvements since 2019 and continue to see a rise in supporters year over year. Donations have also allowed us to hire experienced employees in all key areas: marketing, ranch maintenance, animal care, and strategic development.

Financials

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THE EARTHFIRE INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andrew Torgrove

Lazard Market Management

Term: 2020 - 2024


Board co-chair

Allan Blitz

Retired

Term: 2016 - 2022

Susan Eirich

The Earthfire Institute

Allan Blitz

No Affiliation

Elizabeth Kutter

No Affiliation

Michelle Lund

No Affiliation

Philbin Schulz

No Affiliation

Andrew Torgrove

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

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Disability