Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about SAVE the BEE

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What is SAVE the BEE?

SAVE the BEE is a Social Responsibility Initiative of GloryBee, a honey and natural ingredient company in Eugene, Oregon. SAVE the BEE is also a partnership of like-minded businesses, nonprofits, researchers, educators, and beekeepers committed to protecting honey bee health and ensuring their survival on our planet.

Why SAVE the BEE?

Honey bees are the only insect intricately tied to our food system. Not only do they provide our favorite natural sweetener, but in the United States honey bees are responsible for 80% of agricultural pollination! Without their services, we would not have almonds or many of the other fruits and vegetables we take for granted. GloryBee was founded by beekeepers, and we believe it is our responsibility to raise awareness of the plight of honey bees and the critical role they play in our food supply.

Why are bees dying?

The widespread loss of honey bees in the last decade has been linked to pervasive pesticide use, parasites, loss of foraging habitat, and poor nutrition.

What does SAVE the BEE do?
  • Increases awareness of the critical role honey bees play in our food supply.
  • Funds scientific research on the causes of declining bee populations and on solutions to enhance colony health.
  • Educates beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners on “best practices”.
  • Creates pollinator habitat.
  • Supports pesticide reform legislation.
Where do the funds go?

SAVE the BEE has contributed over $710,500 to date to fund research and education projects such as:

  • Scientific research on honey bee health and nutrition – Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab, Washington State University Honey Bee and Pollinator Program 
  • Beekeeping for coffee farmers –  Food 4 Farmers
  • Creation of pollinator habitat – Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Bee Girl Organization
  • Education for beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners – Oregon Master Beekeeper Program, Bee Girl Organization, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
  • Pesticide reform legislation – Beyond Toxics 
What percentage of my donation goes to the cause?

GloryBee staff administer SAVE the BEE, meaning 100% of contributions go to the cause!

Can I receive a tax receipt for my contribution?

Yes. SAVE the BEE is a registered 501c3 with the IRS.

What type of research is supported?

Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Lab focuses on honey bee health and nutrition, evaluating the exposure of honey bees and pollen to pesticides during crop pollination and examining the sub-lethal effects of that exposure on colony health and immunity. They are also creating a data base of the nutritional composition of predominant pollens in Oregon and investigating the efficacy of various miticide treatments and potential Varroa mite resistance. OSU is a land grant college, and the bee research team works closely with OSU’s Extension Service to get results and best practices information to commercial beekeepers and farmers in short order. 

Will SAVE the BEE support my project?

We are not currently seeking additional fund recipients/projects.

What are the benefits of being a SAVE the BEE Partner?
  • Your business (and/or product) will be associated with a cause that resonates with people around the globe. 
  • Our SAVE the BEE logo can be placed on your product or website. 
  • Your business logo will be posted on savethebee.org.
  • We will co-promote your business/product/event on social media.
  • We will provide promotional materials based on partnership level, which may include posters, point of sale signage, stickers, post cards, pins, pens, copies of annual reports, flower lists, etc. 
  • Your business name will be listed in our annual report. 
  • Note: Sponsors of our SAVE the BEE 5K Run get additional promotional benefits.
What does it take to get the SAVE the BEE logo on my product?

We want to know that you are a like-minded business, working to balance your triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. We want to know that you use clean ingredients. While not everything has to be organic, non-GMO is key. We will not loan our SAVE the BEE logo to anything with GMO ingredients. We typically ask for a two-year commitment once we have agreed on a contribution level and payment plan and require a signed contract before sharing the logo.

What type of promotional materials can you provide a retail business?
  • Posters and POS signage 
  • Shelf tags 
  • Stickers for bulk bins 
  • T-shirts and buttons for your staff
  • Stickers, pens, and “What you can do” postcards for customers
What kind of support can you give my business if we do a SAVE the BEE event?
  • We can provide signage and SAVE the BEE swag. 
  • We can provide social media posts. 
  • Depending on your location, we can send a GloryBee representative to do a honey tasting and/or bee education, and we may be able to send Dave the Bee!
How can I find out more?

Read our annual SAVE the BEE report

Contact Lynne Fessenden, SAVE the BEE Program Manager

savethebee@glorybee.com

541-640-5542

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