"AT THE HEART OF THE NORTH FACE IS A MISSION TO INSPIRE A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF OUTDOOR EXPLORATION AND CONSERVATION. WE BELIEVE THE SUCCESS OF OUR BUSINESS IS FUNDAMENTALLY LINKED TO HAVING A HEALTHY PLANET.”
-ARNE ARENS, PRESIDENT, THE NORTH FACE
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.