Working Circle founders walking through field
Grant Recipient

October 30, 2021

2021 Non-Profit Grant Awarded to Working Circle

Working Circle

Woman Entrepreneur:
Karin Vardaman

Our third Non-Profit Category Grant winner for 2021 really touched our hearts — and our imagination… Karin Vardaman is founder of Working Circle, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to helping the conservation and recovery of wolves in their relationship to cattle ranchers.

As Karin told us:

“Working Circle works to support ranch families in creating and managing healthy and resilient wild-working landscapes. And, through the wolf-livestock conflict reduction strategies, the model forwards practices that improve animal husbandry, land, water, and wildlife habitat health which further promotes long-term ranch resilience and economic viability while protecting large predators like the wolf. Our main activities include reducing wolf-livestock conflict, increasing social-capacity for shared landscapes, supporting ranch resiliency and sustainability, and wolf/wildlife/landscape surveys.”

Working Circle plans to use their $5,000 WomensNet grant to support additional ranch families who live in current wolf country to learn and implement the long term and sustainable strategies, allowing them to successfully coexist with predators, including the wolves.

We can’t wait to hear back from Karin to see how the grant helped promote her vision…

If you’d like to apply for the $10,000 November Amber Grant, just click here to get started. As a reminder, “Skin Care” is the Business Specific $5,000 Grant for November.

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