Yellowstone Forever (YF), like many organizations around the country, has been severely impacted by the pandemic. We are restructuring YF in order to focus on our mission—supporting Yellowstone National Park through financial contributions—and to ensure the long-term viability of our nonprofit organization so that we can maintain the trust and support of our many supporters and donors.
As part of this restructuring, the board of directors and the acting president & CEO have decided to reduce the number of full-time employees and to suspend the work of the YF Institute. This decision was extremely difficult because it impacts dedicated and expert professionals who care deeply about Yellowstone National Park and who have been equally committed to YF and its mission.
We believe in the mission of the Institute, but current circumstances prevent us from opening this year and likely next year.
Without taking both of these steps, YF could not survive. YF will continue to take steps to reduce operational costs in order to maximize fundraising. With this new, leaner structure, YF will be focused on projects designed to raise money for direct contribution to the park.
Yellowstone National Park fully understands and supports this restructuring plan and believes that it will help make YF become a stronger partner moving forward.