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Exploration has the power to change lives and connect communities. When we search out new experiences, overcome obstacles and connect with each other, we change ourselves. The Explore Fund is how we’ve put this idea to work—by removing barriers so everyone can get outside. Together with our partner community, we’ve activated what it means to explore—for people and for culture.

From family and friends who encouraged us to follow our curiosity, to the guides, educators, and volunteers who work tirelessly to fuel an enduring love of exploration, these are the communities we’re working so hard to support.

Creatives. Scholars.
Outdoor leaders. Athletes.

2021 Explore Fund Council

The Explore Fund Council brings together experts from all walks of life to find creative solutions to celebrate all the ways we as humans explore.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Lena Waithe.

Lena Waithe

Emmy-Winning Writer. Actor. Director. Producer

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Jimmy Chin.

Jimmy Chin

Academy Award-Winning Director. Alpinist. Photographer.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Shanée Benjamin.

Shanée Benjamin

Art Director. Illustrator. Nature Lover.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Chris Dean.

Chris Dean

Climber. Social Advocate. Opportunity Creator.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Myron Floyd.

Dr. Myron Floyd

Award-Winning Researcher. Scholar. College Dean.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, José G. González.

José G. González

Educator. Creative. Equity & Inclusion Advocate.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Liz Kleinrock.

Liz Kleinrock

Antibias & Antiracist Educator. Writer. Outdoor Enthusiast.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Jody Potts.

Jody Potts

Han Gwich’in. Environmental & Indigenous Rights Advocate. Wilderness Guide.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Hakim Tafari.

Hakim Tafari

Martial Artist. Runner. Mindfulness Captain.

Black and white portrait of Explore Fund Council member, Rae Wynn-Grant.

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Scientist. Conservationist. Equity & Justice Advocate.

Explore Fund Grants: the first 10 years.

From 2010–2020, we supported nonprofit organizations that increased access to exploration through our Explore Fund grant cycle. We’ve also empowered more filmmakers who identify as women through our Move Mountains filmmaker grants which ran from 2019–2020.