Our impact takes the form of giving, grants, scholarships, and our own set of initiatives and programs.
The application process begins with a simple email telling us a bit about you and-or your organization, the need or interest, and any other related specifics you’d like to initially share. We’ll then followup with you to further the process.
Presented below, our scholarships are named for individuals who we hold dear and have been impactful to our journey and identity. Each award is annual and offered in remembrance of the defining values and traits of its namesake.
Given below are our own set of initiatives and programs aimed at putting more Whitman in our days. Specifically, as called for in his poem This Is What You Shall Do.
The DuBose Foundation is the parent organization. And from the parent we gift and grant funding, award remembrance scholarships, and provide direction to initiatives and programs including sponsored 501(c)(3) organizations.
Our aim, our journey is two-fold. One, to help put more Whitman in our days. And two, to do so in perpetuity.
Along the way, we hope to connect people to nature and joy.
"…nothing less than the future of the national parks is on the line. By 2045, the United States is expected to have a majority nonwhite population, and if the majority of the voting public does not feel a strong connection to the parks, which cost billions of dollars to run and sit on eighty-five million acres of land, then they may cease to be parks. The “National Park Idea” is an idea, not a guarantee, and if it’s an idea that’s going to survive, then it’s about time we get some new ideas about how to make the parks more inclusive."
-- excerpt from Conor Knighton’s 2020 book Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park
"The Colorado River provides water to nearly 40 million people, flows through 9 National Parks, and drives a $1.4 trillion economy. If the Colorado River basin were a country, it would be the world’s 7th largest by economic output. But the river is stretched to its limit. Climate change and increasing water demand due to an expanding population is and will continue to present significant challenges that if left unaddressed, will impact our regional and national economies, degrade the environment, challenge our agricultural heritage and food production, and limit recreational opportunities from fishing and boating to skiing."
-- excerpt from americanrivers.org
A great deal has been written about happiness and joy, specifically about how both are good of course, but also about how and why they are different. Happiness is an emotion and temporary, and joy is an attitude and act of will. The latter requires cultivation and we believe nature offers unrivaled spaces in which to begin, assist, and further that process. This is what we mean when we say … in our journey here at the foundation, we hope to help connect people and nature and joy along the way.
Where Eco Joy Outfitters ends, eempathy begins.
More specifically, whereas Eco Joy Outfitters focuses upon an introduction to nature, eempathy focuses on furthering the relationship to one that fosters-advances conservation. Certainly, Whitman had empathy for nature as evidenced by TIWYSD’s opening line that reads "love the earth and the sun and the animals."
We further believe, empathy itself is and-or can be viewed through multiple lenses. Scientific study, including climate science, insuring access for all, preservation of natural spaces and ecosystems, recreation, artistry, spirituality, wellness, and even private sector interests, to name a few and those most important to the foundation.
And perhaps most importantly, we believe that without a deep and joyful connection between nature and people, we run the risk of losing both.