Ted Smith made a career of finding the funds for his conservation vision, working in philanthropy around the world. At the end, he moved home - to the Crown - because he saw here the remarkable potential of both the human and the wild. Linking the two with a narrative of substance, he believed, would send ripples into cherished landscapes throughout the globe.

In 2014, Ted Smith’s family provided start-up funding to launch The Crown Reporting Project with two mentor-student teams. Additional donations are needed to continue this vital program that assures the public is educated about the future of The Crown of the Continent region.

For more information on how to make a lasting gift to this program through the University of Montana Foundation, please contact Gita Saedi Kiely, director of development, at (406) 243-5354 or You may also make a gift to The Crown Reporting Project using the Donate Online button below. All gifts to the University of Montana Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law (Tax ID #81-0362989). Thank you for your support.