The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

iGive.com partner, The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

Each year The North Face awards grants to nonprofit organizations that encourage participants to experience the outdoors. 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial, so special consideration was given to groups that run programs in national parks and federally managed lands.

“We are thankful for The North Face’s support of our shared goal of preparing the next generation of outdoor stewards and enthusiasts,” said Sally Jewell, Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior. “For three years now, they have partnered with the Department of the Interior and invested in our efforts to provide more opportunities for young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.”

Organizations from this year’s 2016 Explore Fund grantees include:

  • Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC): MPEC, in partnership with the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, manages a three part outdoor adventure series for female survivors of sexual violence. The program aims to use nature as a source of strength and healing, to encourage positive self-esteem, feelings of community, connectedness and a new sense of empowerment.
  • Paradox SportsParadox Sports works to identify, foster and grow communities of adaptive climbing and mountaineering athletes across the country. The grant from The North Face will specifically support the organization’s Yosemite National Park Experience, which brings veterans, as well as non-veterans with disabilities, together for a week of climbing in the national park. Funding will also support the Joshua Tree National Park Experience, which is a first of its kind program that teaches adaptive climbers the technical skills they need to increase their independence as climbers.
  • Sacred RokSacred Rok leads day and overnight trips in Yosemite for low income, incarcerated, and foster youth ages 7 – 21. Participants spend time nature camping, hiking, rock climbing, learning trail building basics, and environmental stewardship principals. These trips help youth feel comfortable in nature in addition to building self-confidence and inspiring respect for the environment.
  • City Kids Wilderness Project: City Kids is focused on addressing the lack of participation, access and connection to the outdoors for under-resourced youth in Washington, D.C, and translating outdoor and adventure experiences into long-term success. The program provides after school, weekend and summer outdoor adventure programming, including backpacking, canoeing, and backcountry hiking, as well as job training and college preparation programming.

Projected impact, clarity of the proposal and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration were among the key factors considered in the Explore Fund awards.

The North Face includes giving back as a major part of its corporate mission. In addition to the Explore Fund, which has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment shoppers can utilize iGive.com to shop The North Face and give back to their favorite causes.

About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org

Eddie Bauer Partners Offers National Park Field Trip Grants

As the summer season kicks off, Eddie Bauer reinforces it’s commitment to the Every Kid in a Park Initiative. The iconic outdoor brand is pledging $50,000 to the National Park Foundation’s Field Trip Grants program.

The Every Kid in Park Initiative is a program supported by The White House that provides every fourth grader, and their families a free annual pass to the National Parks.  The grants focus primarily on supporting underserved and urban communities. Eddie Bauer’s donation helps to fill the gap from cutbacks in school funding for field trips.

“Many people who enjoy outdoor recreation started as kids, enjoying the outdoors with their family and friends. It is also when they begin to develop an appreciation and respect for nature,” states Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer for Eddie Bauer. “It’s this next generation that holds the power to ensure these lands remain protected and preserved. Through our donation to the National Park Foundation, we hope to provide more youth with access to our national parks, and inspire them to explore and protect the outdoors for generations of outdoor enthusiasts to come.”

About The National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at http://www.nationalparks.org

About Eddie Bauer
Eddie Bauer is an active outdoor brand offering premium-quality outerwear, apparel, footwear, accessories and gear. For almost 100 years, Eddie Bauer has been outfitting America; inspiring and enabling people to live their adventure. Eddie Bauer products are available online at EddieBauer.com, and at more than 400 stores in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Shopping at Eddie Bauer through iGive.com enables you to support your favorite cause with every Eddie Bauer purchase.