While our philanthropic focus at Columbia is outdoor education and conservation, we are also a member of the global community and dedicated to being a responsible neighbor. The following examples illustrate innovative partnerships on a local, regional, and global level.
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Children's Healing Art Project
Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) brings the healing power of art to children in crisis and their families with a mobile team of teaching artists working in Portland's children's hospitals. CHAP has created art classes tailored to the needs of the children we serve in our partner facilities: Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. In 2009, CHAP worked with over 10,000 children and their families.
Columbia Sportswear is proud to support this dynamic organization through the donation of apparel, product samples, fabric, employee volunteer hours, and other resources allowing these children an art experience that engages and inspires -- where children can be seen for their artistic talents and not for their diseases, diagnoses or disabilities. We helped CHAP pioneer a dynamic initiative where our donation of sample clothing was transformed into CHAP Happy Art Wear raising critical funding for the program. This pilot program has since inspired other local apparel manufacturers to join the effort.
World Vision is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Columbia annually partners with World Vision to support disaster and humanitarian emergency responses around the world.
In 2010, Columbia provided a significant product donation to support relief efforts in Haiti, the United States, Eastern Europe and multiple countries in Africa. We also partnered with World Vision Indonesia to support the National Youth Ambassador event. This event brought together children from underprivileged backgrounds to develop leadership skills.