Beginning today, The North Face is inviting its community to vote for the organization of their choice to receive an Explore Fund grant of up to $25,000, giving fans a chance to be directly involved in supporting a great cause. The North Face today announced that it has awarded Explore Fund grants of $5,000 to 15 projects dedicated to getting more youth outside and connected to nature. In addition to this $75,000 commitment, The North Face has selected 10 organizations to be in the running to win up to $25,000 in grants.
Videos by each of the top 10 organizations detailing how they are contributing to getting their community outdoors are featured on www.TheNorthFace.com/ExploreFund and The North Face Facebook Page for fans to vote for the cause of their choice. After Facebook community votes are tallied, the top five organizations will be awarded $25,000 and the remaining non-profits will receive $10,000 grants to continue their work to get more youth outdoors.
The North Face Explore Fund recipients were chosen based on their commitment to one of three different focus areas: creating more connections of youth to nature and providing inspiration to explore, increasing access to close to home front-and-backcountry recreation opportunities, and engaging a new and diverse audience with the outdoors.
Top 10 Grantees:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake – Maryland
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver – Colorado
- Colorado UpLift – Colorado
- Mohonk Preserve – New York
- Nantahala Racing Club – North Carolina
- North Carolina Wildlife Federation – North Carolina
- Outdoor Outreach – California
- Paradox Sports – Colorado
- Positive Energy for Youth – Minnesota
- Sacred Rok – California
“All of these organizations are grounded in the belief that if you can get kids to love the outdoors, not only will they develop skills that will help them throughout life, but they will grow up to care about their natural world, protecting the places they explore,” said Ann Krcik, director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “Our fans are just as passionate about sharing the fulfillment that comes with outdoor experiences as we are, and it is exciting to be able to empower them to give back.”
As part of its mission to start a global movement of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face introduced the Explore Fund (www.explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $1 Million in grants globally to organizations committed to inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.
View grantee videos and vote for a favorite cause at The North Face Facebook Page to support The North Face mission to start a global movement of Outdoor Exploration. Winners will be announced on July 19.
For more information on this cycle’s grantees, please visit www.explorefund.org. Vote for 2014 Top 10 Explore Fund Grantees on The North Face facebook page: http://bit.ly/2014explorefund or http://www.TheNorthFace.com
About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.