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Grantmaking Approach

Our community approach to grantmaking is built upon decades of philanthropic experience of our founder, REI Co-op, and their deep-rooted partnerships in communities across the country. We approach our grantmaking by:

  • Listening

    We listen with curiosity and humility to the communities we are committed to serving.

  • Trusting

    We believe in our grantees and offer flexible funding that supports their vision for change and centers their community-driven solutions.


To see grantmaking FAQ, please visit the FAQ page.

To recommend a potential grantee, please visit the Recommend a Grantee page.

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The REI Cooperative Action Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. 100% of donations from the general public are invested in grantees. Donations are tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Learn more in our FAQs.