MESA RIM MEMBER DONATION PROGRAM

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Mesa Rim Member Donation Program is an opportunity for our members to help support our local climbing and outdoor nonprofits. Each month members can opt in to donate any amount alongside their membership dues that will be split between the non-profits. Mesa Rim will match the donations up to $10,000 in 2020. Each quarter, members will receive a report about how their donations are being used.

HOW TO JOIN

Participation is easy. Simply opt in at the front desk or by completing a membership change request HERE. We will also gladly accept one-time donations.

Supporting our local nonprofits has always been a mission of Mesa Rim. We see this as the logical progression of our continued support for the work they do with the local climbing communities. We thank you for your participation in this important initiative.

THE ORGANIZATIONS

ACCESS FUND

Today, 1 in 5 climbing areas in the United States are threatened—whether it’s private land lost to development, public land managers over-regulating climbing, or climber impacts degrading the environment, the list of threats is long and constantly evolving. Access Fund is on a mission to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment.

THE AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB

Under CEO Phil Powers, the American Alpine Club set out on a mission to share and support the passion for climbing and respect for the places they climb. AAC seeks to educate and protect climbing through works like their Accidents in North American Mountaineering publications and in person climbing clinics among other incredible works.

What they will do: The American Alpine Club will use donated funds to support their local education initiatives. These initiatives include things like their monthly clinics at Mesa Rim and larger programs like their outdoor trad climbing classes.

OUTDOOR OUTREACH

Under the direction of Executive Director Ben McCue, Outdoor Outreach seeks to connect youth to the power of the outdoors. Outdoor Outreach focuses on youth development, environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and job training to better their local San Diego community.

What they will do: Outdoor Outreach will use donations to help manage their Leadership Program, which connects young people ages 16-20 with 8-weeks of job training, mentorship, and transformative outdoor experiences in the critical period before they disconnect from school and jobs. One hundred percent of teens entering the program are from low-income households and under-resourced communities in San Diego challenged by high unemployment. Upon graduation, participants are immediately eligible to apply for instructor positions at Outdoor Outreach or apply for other work in the outdoor industry.

THE HAZEL FOUNDATION

Under the direction of Jillian Yatsko, The Hazel Foundation for Athletics looks to create opportunities for underrepresented demographics to get involved in sports and the outdoors. They carry out this mission through strategic community partnering, global grant giving for individuals pursuing their own path, and community education.

What they will do: The Hazel Foundation will use Mesa Rim donations to support the growing adaptive climbing community. The foundation has provided grants for adaptive climbers across the country; will host a US National Paraclimbing Team training camp at Mesa Rim; and does frequent advocacy work throughout the greater climbing community about the importance of inclusion at the crag.

THE ALLIED CLIMBERS OF SAN DIEGO

Under CEO Josh Higgins, The Allied Climbers of San Diego (ACSD) is an environmentally responsible membership-based climbers’ advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining access to climbing and outdoor recreation. ACSD acts as a collective voice for balanced access rights of outdoor enthusiasts in and surrounding the San Diego region.

What they will do. The Allied Climbers of San Diego is currently working with the Cleveland National Forest to get trails used by climbers officially recognized as National Forest hiking trails.