Vista Outdoor—parent company of Federal Premium ammunition, CCI, Speer, Blackhawk, Bushnell, Eagle, Remington and many other leaders in the firearm industry—announced the establishment of the Vista Outdoor Corporate Foundation last week. An initial contribution of $3 million from the company launches its partnership efforts with non-profit organizations that support causes aligned with Vista Outdoor's purpose, vision and commitments.
"The creation of the Vista Outdoor Corporate Foundation is a critical step in support of our commitment to bring the world outside," said Vista Outdoor Chief Executive Officer Chris Metz. "The Foundation will allow us to make commitments to non-profit partners that promote conservation, outdoor access, and other causes that unite our diverse portfolio of brands and customers.
Our Foundation partners will also help us protect open spaces, get more people outside and create the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The Foundation is a natural progression of our culture, which at its core includes a desire to do well so we can do good."
Funding requests will be considered from prospective non-profit partners that meet the following criteria:
- Recognized by the IRS as a Public Charity and headquartered in the United States.
- Have a mission and objectives that are aligned with that of the Foundation's.
- Demonstrated track record in effective programming, organizational and financial management.
- Have an ability to demonstrate the impact of its programs and share progress against stated objectives with the Foundation.
Acceptance of requests for funding from qualified non-profit organizations begins this summer. Organizations interested in applying can visit the Foundation’s website for more information on the process.
The Vista Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt Delaware corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Vista Outdoor has appointed Dylan Ramsey, its general counsel and corporate secretary, as the initial Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors.