In 1989, The North Face®, in conjunction with Patagonia, REI and
Kelty, founded The Conservation Alliance, an organization dedicated to
funding and partnering with organizations to permanently protect land
and waterways for their habitat and recreation values. Today, we
continue to donate to The Conservation Alliance every year and
maintain a permanent seat on the board of directors. Since 1989, The
North Face has contributed more than $1 million to the organization’s
grant fund. In 2008, The Conservation Alliance launched its Legacy
Fund Campaign to raise a $3.5-million endowment to provide a permanent
source of operational funding for the organization. The North Face was
the lead contributor to the Legacy Fund, donating $1.75 million.
Since 1991, The Access Fund has been a national advocacy
organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the
climbing environment. The North Face was a founding partner with the
Access Fund on the Land Conservation Campaign, a first-ever revolving
loan program that provides local climbing organizations with the funds
and expertise needed to act quickly to save threatened climbing areas.
Our contribution helped to support the conservation of the Rumbling
Bald West Side Boulders in North Carolina, among many others in recent
years. By partnering with the Access Fund, we show our support for the
climbing community and the climbing access cause. Together, we keep
climbing areas open and conserved.
Leave No Trace is a non-profit organization located in Boulder,
Colorado whose focus is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor
recreation through education, research and partnerships. The Leave No
Trace message is more than a campaign for clean campsites. It's a
program dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and most of
all, respect for our public recreation places. We believe in the
mission of Leave No Trace and support their Nature Keeper program
through our Explore Fund grants, which brings Leave No Trace
principles to kids at camps across the nation.