Supporting hives in the face of climate change is critical and will require action at both national and local levels. Each year, Bee Balm donates 5% of annual profits to an organization working to restore and protect pollinator populations.
2019 Donation Recipient: The Honeybee Conservancy
The Honeybee Conservancy is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to help the bees while increasing access to organic, sustainable food in under-served communities - from right here at home to as far away as the impoverished nation of Haiti. The Honeybee Conservancy sponsors hives in gardens and urban farms that are growing fresh produce for schools, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers, and low income neighborhoods. They also place bee sanctuaries in local gardens, urban farms and green spaces where they can serve as a valuable environmental and educational resource for the public.
Why we chose them: We love this multifaceted approach to pollinator protection that unites bees with underserved populations for a mutually beneficial outcome. Through outreach, education, and research, The Honeybee Conservancy is putting food on tables and engaging the public in food security. Thanks for your amazing work!
Other Awesome Organizations
The Pollinator Partnership, or P2, is a 501 non-profit organization that works to protect the health of managed and native pollinating animals that are vital to wildland and agricultural ecosystems. Though based in California, P2 is working to protect pollinators and their habitats with projects across North America and beyond. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.
Nutrition is the most basic and fundamental requirement for healthy pollinator populations. The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund works with private, public and corporate lands through the Seed A Legacy program by providing free, or heavily discounted, seed mixes that quickly establish robust plant life for monarch butterflies, honey bees and other native pollinators. Giving these species access to abundant, diverse and high-quality resources helps them live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. With programs in eleven mid-Western states, the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund is making an impact where industrial farming has most heavily destroyed homes and food for pollinators.