The Community Foundation of Teton Valley is pleased to announce that Joselin Matkins, Executive Director of the Teton Regional Land Trust, is the 2020 recipient of the Dawn Banks Nonprofit Leadership Award. Dawn Banks was an incredibly passionate advocate for the nonprofit community and worked tirelessly to support their efforts to elevate life in Teton Valley and fulfill their missions. This award, now in its fourth year, recognizes a local nonprofit leader who exemplifies excellence in nonprofit best practices. This award is also accompanied by a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Teton Valley.
As Executive Director, since 2015 and with her nonprofit since 2013, Joselin has devoted her career to the preservation and conservation of the environment. Her experience as Executive Director of Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust in Pocatello, Idaho, for five years helped inform her leadership capabilities and build a foundation that has helped serve the greater Teton Region.
Joselin’s commitment to the environment is illustrated through multiple partnerships with other nonprofits, government agencies, community members, and civic groups. Through these efforts, the Teton Regional Land Trust has elevated our community and assured that land conservation is a key element of how we develop our community. Joselin’s work to heighten collective community awareness around habitat preservation has made Teton Valley a viable staging area for Sandhill Cranes and host to the annual Greater Yellowstone Sandhill Crane Festival. Her leadership also extends past her own nonprofit, serving on multiple boards in the valley and serving on regional and national conservation boards.
Upon receiving the Dawn Banks Nonprofit Leadership award, Joselin was filled with “gratitude for this place and the people that bring this community to life.” She’s additionally grateful for the philanthropic nature of our community. That one in four households participates in charitable giving through the Tin Cup Challenge, in conjunction with the Challenger Fund, helps “motivate board members and volunteers while providing resources for the talented staff that help drive this community forward with critical services.”
It is Joselin’s “heartfelt belief that protecting nature protects and heals humanity” as well. As Joselin continues to grow and expand on her leadership position in our community and region, our valley grows with her passion. The Community Foundation of Teton Valley applauds Joselin’s dedication, commitment, and collaboration.