All smiles, a child helps an adult climb a woodland tree.

Connecting people outside

Supporting organizations led by and serving Black and Indigenous communities; people of color; LGBTQ+ community; people with physical disabilities; and women through connections to the outdoors. Prioritizing organizations that are leveraging the outdoors as a tool for equity, healing and joy, social justice, civic action, youth development, or creativity.

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Silhouetted against a sunlit desert face, a climber suspended midair in a bosun's chair ascends a cliff.
Adaptive Adventures
A diverse group of kids in the outdoors holding an Atabey Outdoors flag
Atabey Outdoors
Two cyclists smile at the camera after finishing a Black Girls Do Bike ride.
Black Girls Do Bike
Before the start of their event, a group of runners pause on sunny morning in the park holding a Black Girls Run banner.
Black Girls RUN! Foundation
Three people jump in a field with mountains in the background
Black Outside
Three people in a surfing lesson on the beach
Brown Girl Surf
Hands on hip in front of the US capitol building, a youth wears a tee shirt that reads Strong, Resilient, Indigenous.
Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute
At a city park, children happily sift through dirt in search of nature's secrets.
Children & Nature Network
A group of seven kids sitting on large rocks pose for the camera
City Kids Wilderness
A group of 11 people pose for the camera on a wooded trail
Jumping for joy and clicking their heels, a goups of friends celebrate exploring the outdoors.
Fresh Tracks at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
A young hiker leads the way on a sunny hike in the hills.
A young man in a green shirt smiles
Greening Youth Foundation
A group of people, wearing masks, stand at the end of a dock over the water
Justice Outside
Wearing masks, a group of trail hikers holding a banner that reads Latino Outdoors pause for a afternoon photo op on a wooden bridge.
Latino Outdoors
A man smiles as he scales a wall in a climbing gym
Memphis Rox
Pausing at the base of a waterfall, a group of happy hikers hold an Outdoor Afro banner.
Outdoor Afro
A group of approximately two dozen people smiling on a trail overlook
Outdoor Asian
Two people alpine skiing, one using a bi-ski
Outdoors for All
Outdoor Outreach Image
Outdoor Outreach
Under sunny skies, a group of alpine hikers stand at the summit holding a sign that reads Mount Ida, twelve thousand, eight hundred and twenty five feet.
The Venture Out Project
A man rides an adaptive bicycle on a wooded trail
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Against a backdrop of verdant woodland, a group of friends smile broadly for a mid-hike photo op.
Wild Diversity

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The treetop view of early autumn yellow and green leaves.
Creating Space Outside
A youngster practices their handstand in a city park.
Centering Health Outside

Time outside is a human right

Now is the time to deliver on that right. For everyone.

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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 are tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Learn more in ourĀ FAQs.