Thrive Outside
Community
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Thrive Outside communities

The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Community initiative will award multi-year capacity building grants to diverse communities in order to create or strengthen partnerships between existing local organizations such as schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and nonprofit conservation and outdoor organizations that create repeat and reinforcing positive outdoor experiences for kids and families. The core goal of the Thrive Outside Community investments is to create healthy individuals, communities, and economies by making the outdoors a habit.













San Diego, CA

The Thrive Outside San Diego Community, led by The San Diego Foundation, is strengthening an existing network of nonprofit, philanthropic, academic and government partners.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

The Thrive Outside Oklahoma City Community is led by the OKC Boathouse Foundation (OKCBF) together with a broad-based network of partners infusing an active, outdoor lifestyle among youth.

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Atlanta, GA

The Thrive Outside Atlanta Community is led by the Trust for Public Land together with a diverse network of partners in West Atlanta and along the Chattahoochee River.

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Grand Rapids, MI

The Thrive Outside Grand Rapids Community is led by Our Community’s Children, a partnership of the City of Grand Rapids & Grand Rapids Public Schools & the Parks & Recreation Department.

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Thrive Outside Community Stories

THE MAKING OF A THRIVE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY: OKLAHOMA CITY

A river that once divided Oklahoma City is now the unifying artery of the community, linking diverse and previously underserved populations to incredible meaningful and repeatable outdoor experiences.

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THE MAKING OF A THRIVE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY: GRAND RAPIDS

The western Michigan city was already forging a path toward more outdoor engagement, but an infusion of funding and coordination from the Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside program will give it a boost.

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THE MAKING OF A THRIVE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY: SAN DIEGO

San Diego’s South Bay has dozens of organizations focused on improving outdoor recreation access and opportunities for underserved youth. They’re forming a collaborative network that will increase their impact.

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Thrive Outside COMMUNITY FOUNDING Partners

1:1 donation match from Thrive Community organizations.

2019 Thrive Outside Community Supporters

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Lise Aangeenbrug

LISE AANGEENBRUG

Executive Director

laangeenbrug@outdoorfoundation.org
Michaela Gold

MICHAELA GOLD

Manager Programs and Partnerships

mgold@outdoorfoundation.org 303.327.3514
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