The Mad River Path Association is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, Waitsfield, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give 1 percent of revenues to environmental causes.

The Mad River Path Association is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this nonprofit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010. Partnership with 1% for the Planet greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which the path association can look to for support, according to director Will Flender.

Over 2,300 nonprofits worldwide are included in the 1% network and over $70 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date. "The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world's problems," said Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.

Headquartered in Waitsfield and started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate 1 percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to

The path association is a member-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to build, maintain and conserve a system of continuous public pathways from Warren to Moretown to foster a healthy community by connecting the people, businesses and special places of the Mad River Valley. To learn more about the path or the MRPA, visit