OUTDOOR FOUNDATION

We all thrive outside.

Inspiring the outdoor habit in kids and families by connecting research, knowledge, people and programs. With the goal of everyone experiencing the fun and joy of the outdoors once a week.


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Thrive Outside Community Initiative

The Outdoor Foundation and our brand partners are excited to announce the Thrive Outside Community Initiative. We’re on a mission to connect not only individuals, but also entire communities to the outdoors and inspire a nationwide outdoor habit. We’ll start with a strategic, locally based approach by investing in pilot “Thrive Outside Communities.” Our investments will support community-based organizations as well as national partners working in those regions. Grants will be given to increase the collaborative ability of a network of diverse groups to get more kids outside more often and engage their families to increase the likelihood of a long-term love of the outdoors. The Outdoor Foundation and our partners are fueling a movement to ensure that people from all walks of life thrive outside.

The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 established by the Outdoor Industry Association.

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Mission: To inspire the outdoor habit in kids and families by connecting research, knowledge, people and programs. Your support of the Outdoor Foundation gets more young people recreating outside. It creates new customers. It supports the health of our industry.

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RESEARCH

The Outdoor Foundation’s research investigates the depth and effect of Americans participation in outdoor recreation. Each year, the Outdoor Foundation produces reports to help understand the demographic and lifestyle changes taking place in the U.S. and around the world as they relate to outdoor recreation.

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GRANTS

The Outdoor Foundation has a limited number of open grant programs throughout the year that provide grants to local and national nonprofits focused on getting kids and families outside.

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COLLECTIVE ACTION TO SUPPORT THE THRIVE OUTSIDE IMPERATIVE

Thank you all for an amazing night and helping us support a collective action to get kids and families into the outdoors as a habit. Be sure to join the Outdoor Foundation and OIA again next year, at the Thrive Outside Give Back Bash on Night Zero of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market for a night of fun and inspiration.

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Looking for the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge? For information about this year’s program being run by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education visit The Campus Challenge Website.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Steve Barker

Chairperson
Founder, Eagle Creek

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Jen Mull

Vice Chair
Former CEO, Backwoods

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Beaver Theodosakis

Secretary/Treasurer
Founder, prAna

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Sally McCoy

Immediate Past Chair
Former CEO, CamelBak

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Jen Boldry

Director
Director of Research,
People for Bikes

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Ray Rivera

Director
Partner and Co-founder,
KRS Strategy Group

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Lise Aangeenbrug

LISE AANGEENBRUG

Executive Director

laangeenbrug@outdoorfoundation.org
Michaela Gold

MICHAELA GOLD

Development and Grants Coordinator

mgold@outdoorfoundation.org 303.327.3514
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