In March of 2020, we committed $1 million to support outdoor communities across the globe that make exploration possible through our social impact and advocacy platform, the Explore Fund.
Now, we’re excited to share the amazing work already being done in communities as they enable a safe return to outdoors in a world forever changed by the impacts of COVID-19.
In the U.S., we've partnered with state offices of outdoor recreation to identify and fund the most pressing emergency relief for outdoor communities hit hardest by COVID-19. These donations now benefit food banks, search and rescue organizations, economic relief funds for small businesses, and more.
We’re also helping to ensure a responsible return to work for outdoor community workers through a new program with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), a non-profit dedicated to education, standards and advocacy for professional guides and climbing instructors. The AMGA is providing a return to work operational checklist, a resource hub which includes regulatory and public health consideration, and strategic mentorship for the individuals who are vital to our first steps outside again, like guides, instructors, nonprofits and other outdoor professionals.