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About Us


A successful summit requires careful planning, knowledge of routes and terrain, fitness, and the correct equipment. For many climbers, this experience begins on a Class 5.4 (Yosemite Decimal System) climb. Class 5.4 involves relatively secure climbing, with two hand and two footholds available for every move.

The 5.4 program is designed to give nonprofit organizations the assistance necessary to begin or continue their journey to the summit. This allows Columbia to assist a large number of worthy organizations through support of small projects that are of special importance to those applicants and their communities. Applications for donations valued at up to $2,500 (product, cash, or combination) are accepted online throughout the year.

Program Requirements/Guidelines
Applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

In order to maintain focus and achieve greater impact of corporate giving, Columbia Sportswear will not provide charitable support for the following:

  • Political organizations/persons
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Organizations that discriminate against race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, handicaps, and sexual preference.
  • Third-party distributors
  • Individuals
  • Individual study, research, or travel grants
  • Capital campaigns

Please direct any questions or requests for information to our Community Relations Department.