Founding Letter

Founding Letter

While there are an infinite number of ways we could give and causes we could give to, we’ve decided to focus on the natural world and fostering our connection with it.

Wild, thriving, protected land and wildlife is an incredible gift for current and future generations.

It provides the opportunity for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, birding, camping, hunting, or just being alone in nature. The natural world is a source of inspiration, beauty, and physical challenge we think are part of a life well lived. Especially as more and more of our lives are disconnected from nature and wildlife.

In 2017, we made the decision to establish Wildside with a one-time $100,000 gift to establish our perpetual endowment. And we made the commitment to donate 5% of Arcade Group's net profit to Wildside each year moving forward. Taken together, we believe these commitments will allow us to give an increasing amount to nature and wildlife focused causes for decades to come.

Our model for giving is unique. We decided to take a 360-degree approach by giving grants, making loans, making investments, and donating our time to teams we think can help us have the greatest positive impact.

Each we give grants to incredible organizations like NatureBridge, NOLS, Wild Bear Nature Center, Farm Aid, and Wildlife Conservation Network.

Most of our loans go to farmers looking to make the transition from traditional, chemical-heavy farming to organic, sustainable farming through organizations like Mad Capital, Farm.vc, FarmTogether, and Farmland LP.

We invest exclusively in venture-backed, early-stage companies that can further our mission. Including farm-to-table grocery service Good Eggs and the carbon auditing and reporting platform Carbonfact.

By taking a holistic approach and funding all of these bright teams, we believe that we can have a greater impact and do more long-term good. And with our unique funding model, we think we can make a larger impact each year and compound that impact for decades to come.


Daniel Scrivner

December 12, 2017