Annual Report 2017: Participation

Together We Are A Force For Participation

Outdoor Participation has never been better or in better hands than it is with the Outdoor Foundation. In 2017, OIA’s philanthropic arm, the Outdoor Foundation had a celebratory Outsiders Ball and the biggest Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge ever. We capped the year off by hiring a new executive director.

Participation Work by the Numbers


The Outdoor Foundation’s Parks4Kids program launched a dozen Utah-based projects to help get Utah kids outdoors on their public lands. Through hatandt-shirtsales featuring Jeremy Collins artwork, (the latter supported by a generous grant from REI) we raised nearly $50,000 for programs like Youth Works in the Parks, based in Moab.

The Outdoor Foundation announced it hired a field-biologist-turned-conservation-champion-turned-outdoor-leader to lead OIA’s philanthropic arm into the future.Lise Aangeenbrug, welcome aboard.

In the four-week Mother Nature meets March MadnessOutdoor Nation Campus Challengecompetition, participants at or affiliated with 92 colleges and universities logged outdoor activities to earn points. It was our most successful Campus Challenge yet and it shows no sign of slowing.

Every year, the outdoor industry’s best party, Outsiders Ball, gets bigger and better. But what happens theredoesn’t stay there. Funds raised at the party support incredible youth programs across the country. In 2017, our Outsiders Ball had 35 brand sponsored, and the event raised$140,000for projectslike the ones featured here.Interested in sponsoring the 2018 Ball?