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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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With a match for every dollar* from REI Co-op—up to $1 million!

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The Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity and donations are tax-deductible. 100% of donations from the general public are invested in grantees. *Million Dollar Match available before December 31, 2021.