The Patagonian Foundation
PO Box 29113 San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

March 23, 2018

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Foundation History

The seeds of The Patagonian Foundation ("TPF") were sown in 1992, when Scott Perryman, TPF's President and a member of its Board of Directors, visited Patagonia for the first time. Scott spent five weeks exploring Chilean and Argentine Patagonia and soon discovered the special magic and beauty of Patagonia. He continued to return to Patagonia for the next 12 years developing a passion for the Patagonian land and its people.

Peter "Cado" Avenali, a member of TPF's Board of Directors, first traveled to Patagonia in 1991. Although he had traveled and lived throughout the world (having explored Africa, Alaska, New Zealand, and Costa Rica) he immediately realized that Patagonia offered a superior combination of beauty and culture. In 1997, Cado moved to Coyhaique, Chile, the capital of Patagonia, and now resides there permanently.

When Scott and Cado met in 1996, they realized they shared a passion for Patagonia, and decided to form a company that would permit them to introduce Patagonia to individuals all over the world. In 1997, they formed Salvaje Corazón, a small tour company based in Coyhaique, Chile, that offers custom tours to individuals seeking to explore Patagonia.

Leslie Blickenstaff, TPF's former Executive Director, first traveled to Chile in 1992 and lived and studied there for six months. Ten years later, after attending law school and practicing employment law for six years, Leslie took a six-month leave of absence from her job and returned to Chile to explore Patagonia. Having met Cado through a mutual friend, she arranged to work for Salvaje Corazón while she was there. Arriving in late 2002, Leslie immediately fell in love with Patagonia.

Cado, Scott and Leslie's passion for Patagonia thus converged. Mr. Perryman and Mr. Avenali asked Ms. Blickenstaff to assist them with forming a nonprofit organization that would permit them to dedicate money raised in the United States to preserve and protect the Patagonian environment and assist the local people, organizations and governments to maintain the Patagonian quality of life and develop in an environmentally-friendly manner. Leslie agreed, coordinating with her Boston law firm to complete the extensive paperwork.

TPF was incorporated as a California corporation on May 28, 2003. The IRS approved its nonprofit status on December 3, 2003.