Columbia annually partners with hundreds of nonprofit organizations around the world. The projects below represent long term partners who have developed industry leading programs and initiatives. Combined, these organizations have generated over a million hours of volunteer service, conserved millions of acres of land, and improved the lives of millions internationally.
American Hiking Society
America’s 200,000 miles of trails provide access to the natural world for recreation, inspiration and education. Trails provide opportunities to breathe fresh air, appreciate nature, escape from daily stresses and maintain overall health.
Columbia is proud to be a national sponsor of the American Hiking Society's signature trail awareness program, National Trails Day® (NTD). NTD inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail work projects. Trails clubs, retailers, federal agencies, municipal parks, land trusts, businesses and others come together the first Saturday of each June on National Trails Day to celebrate trails, recognize volunteers and maintain local trails.
In 2012, more than 150,000 NTD trail volunteers contributed more than 95,000 hours of volunteer labor (valued at more than $2 million). These volunteers completed more than 400 trail projects, resulting in the construction or maintenance of 1,291 miles of trail. Log on here to find a list of events in your area.
View the 2011 National Trails Day Video.
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. They direct their funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. The Alliance was founded in 1989, with Columbia Sportswear joining a year later. They now have more than 170 member companies, and have disbursed $900,000 in 2010.
Since their founding, the Alliance has contributed close to $9 million to conservation projects throughout North America. The results have been remarkable. Their grants have helped organizations protect more than 50.5 million acres of land, stop or remove 28 dams, and preserve access to thousands of miles of rivers and several climbing areas. They follow a rigorous grant proposal review process that ensures our grants go to organizations that can succeed given the necessary financial resources. Click here for a list of their grantees.
In 2010, over 200 Columbia employees joined employees of Keen, Nau, The North Face, REI, Horny Toad, Ben Moon Photography, and Under Solen Media to help pull ivy, build fences, repair trails, paint benches, spread bark dust and various other tasks at the Portland Backyard Collective. The event is part of an effort by the Conservation Alliance to bring outdoor companies together in their local communities to give back to the outdoors. With over 235 workers participating in trail restoration, invasive weed removal, and other projects in Forest Park, Sellwood Park, and along Johnson Creek, the collective effort made the Portland 2010 Backyard Collective the biggest one yet.
Columbia Sportswear is proud to outfit Mercy Corps field staff around the world. Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, their programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.
Columbia Sportswear has partnered with Mercy Corps to provide critical supplies to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mongolia, and the Sichuan province of China.
View the 2011 Thank You Video.