For us, extraterrestrial life is a self-evident philosophical position. There’s no way life on earth is a miracle; believing that leads to all kinds of self-justifying dogmatic horrors. Even if we never find another breathing (or computing) entity in our search through the cosmos, leaving ourselves open to the possibility keeps us aware of our own relative insignificance, which in turn keeps us compassionate, curious, and honest.
The YACHT Trust is a loose organization of people committed to furthering and administering the tenets of the YACHT Mission. They are like the Knights Templar of YACHT; valiant in form and deed, but separate from the band itself.