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Special Olympics Maine provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the need of those with special mental and physical limitations.
Through summer camps and year-round outdoor education, leadership and recreation programs, Camp Beech Cliff seeks to enrich the lives of people of all ages. Our mission is to inspire personal growth, interpersonal connection, and a deep appreciation of the natural world.
Protecting and enhancing the River's valuable natural, recreational and cultural resources
Founded in 2001, The San Diego River Park Foundation is a community-based grassroots non-profit organization. We rely upon donations and support from the community for our general operations as well as grants, both public and private. Our vision is to protect and enhance the River's valuable natural and cultural resources and encourage communities to embrace this legacy and to celebrate it with the creation of a river-long park system. The San Diego River Park will offer a variety of opportunities reflecting the communities in which the river is travelling through. It will be a unified system of parks, trails and open space. In some places there will be community plazas, public art and educational facilities and in some a more outdoor-focused experience for trail users and even wilderness opportunities.
Working in partnership with Essex County to restore and revitalize our park
Branch Brook Park Alliance (BBPA) is a public/private partnership organized in 1999 to provide design expertise and funding support to help Essex County restore and revitalize the park. Projects already completed by the partnership - new ball fields, extensive cherry tree plantings and restoration of historic park sites - set the stage for complete renewal. Today, Essex County Branch Brook Park hosts special annual events, sports and concerts. Like the park's renowned annual Cherry Blossom Festival, these activities attract thousands.
A place for belonging . . .for more than 100 years
The West End House Boys & Girls Clubs of Allston-Brighton works to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The West End House Boys and Girls Club offers life shaping opportunities to immigrant and urban children and teens. Through caring relationships with trusted adults, as well as experiences and instruction in Education & Technology; Sports, Fitness & Nutrition; Leadership & Life Skills and Visual & Performing Arts, our members receive the guidance and support needed to grow into strong, healthy, self-sufficient adults.
Providing affordable access to sailing and water sports
Founded in 1994, the mission of Nantucket Community Sailing (NCS) is to engage people of all ages in the joy of sailing, offering access to all Nantucket's youth, and teaching every participant in our programs enduring life and leadership skills, with a deep respect for the marine environment. NCS is an educational non-profit that provides affordable access to sailing and water sports to the public.
Improving the quality of life for children, individuals, families and the Martha's Vineyard Island Community
Founded in 1996, the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, individuals, families and the Island community by helping our members realize their fullest potential through the development of body, mind, and spirit. Through our programs, we aim to provide year-round services for youth, adults and families; to prevent and intervene with at-risk youth and teens; to bring different sectors of Island life together through the offering of a multitude of services and intergenerational opportunities; and to develop health and prevention programs, leadership development, job skills training, learning opportunities, and leisure activities for these identified groups.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways and parkways. To steward the Emerald Necklace's 1,100 acres of parkland extending from Boston's Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester, the conservancy works in collaboration with its partners on advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access, and promoting park stewardship through volunteer and youth programs.
Founded in 1999, Tenacity is a Boston-based organization dedicated to helping at-risk urban youth develop skills, build character and find pathways to excellence. Combining tennis and fitness with literacy, tutoring and mentoring activities, Tenacity has served over 20,000 kids through after-school, in school and summer programs. Tenacity's mission is to improve the scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth by combining tennis instruction and academic support with a focus on life skills.
Established in 1910, Channel 3 Kids Camp offers traditional over night and day camp opportunities for thousands of children in Connecticut and throughout New England. Their unique, year-round program makes it possible for all children to attend camp without financial restrictions. The Kids Camp's positive programming promotes hands on learning and promotes leadership, diversity and integrity with activities that broaden self-esteem, communication and respect for others. It focuses on helping children develop personally and interpersonally and focuses on fostering the skills necessary for personal, social, and career-related success.
Founded in 1975, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding's mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and challenges through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Today Pegasus is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center with four chapters throughout Putnam, Westchester and Fairfield counties, including Pegasus Farm, our 20-acre permanent facility in Brewster, N.Y. Our PATH International-certified instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and licensed educators provide equine-assisted activities to people with special needs, military veterans and at-risk individuals, including disadvantaged youth and abuse survivors. We offer therapeutic horseback riding, Horses & Me (an unmounted program), Pegasus Patriots for veterans and Wings for at-risk individuals.
Riverfront Recapture was created in 1981 to develop a comprehensive plan to reunite Hartford with its Riverfront. Our goals are to restore access to the Connecticut River through the development of parks and public recreational facilities that improve the quality of life for people who live and work in Metro Hartford; to create an attractive destination for visitors, as well as residents; and to encourage economic development in Metro Hartford by leveraging public investment in the Riverfront Parks to attract private investment to neighboring property - creating jobs, generating additional tax revenues, and revitalizing the region.
Serving children and families coping with serious illness
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides "a different kind of healing" to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually - all completely free of charge. For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the facility in Ashford, Conn., in more than 40 hospitals and clinics, directly in camper homes and communities, and through other outreach activities across the Northeast.
Building and maintaining a vibrant, world-class green space for the Stamford community
The Mill River Park Collaborative is a partnership of civic, government, and business interests committed to creating and sustaining the Mill River Park & Greenway. By working to build support from local businesses and combining it with investments from the city, state and federal governments, the Collaborative aims to build and maintain a vibrant, world-class green space for the Stamford community. The Collaborative began the process for creating Mill River Park in 2004. Since then, the design team, the Army Corps of Engineers and various city departments have worked to design and build the park under the direction of the Collaborative's Executive Director.
Building and Sustaining Jewish life in our community
Since 1927, the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst (the Marks JCH) has been the center of a Jewish community life in Brooklyn for over 80 years. The Marks JCH provides meaningful, enjoyable programs and services for families and individuals in all stages of life. They are a communal gathering place where people can derive satisfaction from shared educational, cultural, and recreational experiences. They treasure Jewish values and traditions and seek to play a significant role in the formulation of Jewish identity. They seek to strengthen relationships and connections with Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.
Restoring, developing, and operating Prospect Park
In partnership with the City of New York and the community, the Prospect Park Alliance restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs. The Alliance was formed in 1987 to restore the Park after years of budget cuts and a steady deterioration of both its natural areas and usage. By supplementing the Park's basic operating budget with private funds, the Alliance has initiated a large array of capital projects and community programs. The Alliance has boosted public awareness of the crucial role parks play in the urban environment, while gaining support from donors and volunteers for the restoration projects that have brought Prospect Park back to prominence.
Row New York: Where we pull together to push ahead.
Through the discipline of rowing and rigorous academic support, Row New York transforms the lives of New Yorkers, regardless of background or ability. Row New York began in 2002 with the simple idea that competitive rowing paired with rigorous academic support for underserved youth could change the trajectory of their teen years and beyond. We have since taught thousands of young people the sport of rowing, and through it the values of tenacity, focus, teamwork, and confidence. Nearly 100% of our graduates go on to higher learning, most on scholarship. And virtually all our student-athletes report an improved lifestyle and newfound pride and purpose.
Founded in 1894, the United States Golf Association (USGA) promotes and conserves the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions. It acts in the best interests of the game for the continued enjoyment of those who love and play it. The USGA serves the game most visibly through the conduct of its national championships. Together with The R&A, the Association provides governance for the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, establishing equipment standards, and formulating the Rules of Amateur Status. The Association also maintains the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems, develops and promotes sustainable golf course management practices, and celebrates the history of the game.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) was incorporated by Congress for the purpose of establishing national goals for amateur athletic activities, and to aid and encourage the attainment of those goals. The USOC is charged with the task of coordinating and developing amateur athletic activity in the United States, which directly relates to international amateur athletic competition. In addition, the committee exercises exclusive jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the participation of the United States in the Olympic, Paralympic and Pan-American Games. The Committee also represents the U.S. as its national Olympic Committee in relations with the International Olympic Committee and the Pan-American Sports Organization, and as a national Paralympic Committee with the International Paralympic Committee.
Providing hope, help, and results in the South Bronx
We believe that education is the key that enables all people to create economic and civic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their community. We enrich, supplement and enhance the New York City Education system and place Post-Secondary options within reach of students. We provide Workforce Development and career readiness training infused with technology to enable community participants to improve their economic status and lead more fulfilling lives.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. In addition to the Friendly Town Program, each summer, 3,000 children enjoy themselves at one of the five Fresh Air camps in upstate New York. We also offer a career awareness program which focuses on expanding the education and career options of New York City adolescents.
Perpetuating and preserving the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride
Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel endeavors, through sports, to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity. The volunteer organization seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs. We develop, promote and support international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. We strive to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. We support programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish continuity, Zionism and excellence in sport.
Promoting the United States' participation in international rowing competition
Since 1966, the efforts of the National Rowing Foundation (NRF) have been directed toward promoting the United States' participation in international rowing competition. The first donations made by the National Rowing Foundation supported twenty-nine competitors that entered the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia in 1966. Today, the National Rowing Foundation has expanded to support the US National Team of women, men, lightweights and juniors. Every gift to the National Rowing Foundation, gives our dedicated men and women representing the US at the highest level the experience, equipment, and travel necessities they need to pursue their dreams.
The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. With more than 42 million visitors each year to its 843 acres, Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States. To manage the Park, Conservancy crews aerate and seed lawns; rake leaves; prune and fertilize trees; plant shrubs and flowers; maintain ballfields and playgrounds; remove graffiti; conserve monuments, bridges, and buildings; and care for waterbodies and woodlands, controlling erosion, maintaining the drainage system, and protecting over 150 acres of lakes and streams from pollution, siltation, and algae. The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation. The Conservancy has invested $950 million to date into the Park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. City Parks Foundation helps turn New York City's parks into centers of community development. We have four core program areas that provide New York's diverse neighborhoods - with an emphasis on those that are underserved - with access to free programming, including performing arts, beginner and advanced sports instruction, environmental education programs, and technical assistance and leadership development for community groups and individual volunteers who are interested in becoming stewards for their local parks and other green spaces. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.
The mission of USTA Foundation is to support, monitor and promote programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education. USTA Foundation is the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, Incorporated. USTA Foundation is a not-for-profit entity that is dedicated to improving the quality of life among our nation's youth and people with disabilities. USTA Foundation encourages children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. USTA Foundation supports organizations that use tennis as a vehicle to help at-risk children finish high school and qualify for college scholarships. USTA Foundation targets people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Play is not a luxury; it is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace, a game of tag can teach about malaria. Our mission at Right To Play is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities. Our vision is create a healthier and safer world through the power of sport and play. Right To Play's values reflect the best practices of sport and play: co-operation, hope, integrity, leadership, dedication, respect, enthusiasm, and nurture.
Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo works on behalf of children who face obstacles to learning, enabling them to succeed in the classroom, at home, and in life.With 90 years of experience, Ramapo for Children has developed a unique ability to create inclusive environments that promote positive behavioral change, foster skill development, and help support learning and personal growth. At the heart of the Ramapo approach is our ability to equip educators, caregivers, and youth with the skills they need to build trusting relationships, serve as effective role models, handle challenging behaviors constructively, and improve continuously through reflective practice.
Chess-in-the-Schools is dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children. Since 1986, Chess-in-the-Schools has taught, inspired, and empowered more than 450,000 students in New York City public schools. All schools served by Chess-in-the-Schools are classified as Title I. In these schools, more than 40% of the students are eligible for free or reduced cost lunch (an indicator of socio-economic disadvantage.) Through structured classroom, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, we use chess as an educational tool to promote learning and to help young people develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving.
As part of the global tennis community the International Tennis Hall of Fame is committed to preserving tennis history, celebrating its champions, and educating and inspiring a worldwide audience.The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame re-opened on May 20, 2015 after complete renovation. Highly interactive, completely redesigned, and now showcasing more of the collection than ever before, the new museum offers a comprehensive and intriguing narrative of tennis history in an engaging manner.
Providing specialized year-round programs for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized camping and year round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.
The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community. ASF students are five years of age and older and live with disabilities ranging from relatively mild learning disabilities to more severe disabilities such as paralysis, autism, amputation, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. Founded in 1984, the Foundation's work promotes physical activity for children and adults with disabilities by offering winter programs, a summer program, and competition programs (including a 12-week residential competition program for Paralympic eligible athletes).
Cradle Beach serves the needs of children with disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, self-worth, and decision making, in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Cradle Beach serves approximately 800 children with special needs and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds between the ages of 8 and 16 in our summer camping program.
National Archery in the Schools Program promotes the teaching of target archery as a part of the in-school curriculum to improve educational performance of students and encourage their participation in the shooting sports. Some basic operating principles were established and implemented in twenty one pilot middle schools in Kentucky in March, 2002. These same operating principles remain constant today and account for the steady growth and continued interest in 12,000 schools in five countries. More than a million students will learn archery from their teachers this school year.
Reducing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes
The Notah Begay III Foundation, since its launch in 2005, is the only national Native American nonprofit organization solely dedicated to reversing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. NB3F is setting a national standard for investing in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. We are also actively involved in building and supporting regional and national networks engaged in research and policy development. NB3F is funded by foundations, tribes, and individuals. We achieve change through our network of partnering organizations and individuals across Indian Country dedicated to improving Native child wellbeing.
Providing an urban green space in the heart of Houston.
Discovery Green Conservancy works to provide an uncommonly beautiful, urban green space in the heart of Houston that serves as a village green for our city, a source of health and happiness for our citizens and a window into the incredible diversity of talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston. Discovery Green achieves its mission through continuous programming, attracting a diverse crowd, and maintenance to keep the park beautiful. These actions create a social, health, cultural, and economic impact on Houstonians and visitors.
Using squash, academics, mentoring and life skills development, MetroSquash supports students in finding and graduating from their best-fit post-secondary pursuit. This starts as early as 5th grade and can span a student's entire adolescence. Our pathway approach fosters a strong community of support and relationships that blossom over a period of years and so far has yielded a 100% college acceptance rate among our students. Students in 5th through 12th grade learn the fast-paced game of squash, improve their academic performance, perform community service and participate in the MetroSquash mentor program.
Magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families--free of charge
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families--free of charge. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp serves 900 campers each year. Campers aged 8-17 living with cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, severe asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and craniofacial anomalies, healthy siblings and extended family members are invited for weekend and week-long residential camps.Flying Horse Farms is the first camp in the Midwest to become a full member of the SeriousFun Children's Network. Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, SeriousFun is a community of independently managed and financed camps and programs. SeriousFun has evolved from one camp to a global community serving 600,000 children and family members across 5 continents.Flying Horse Farms is a registered 501(c)(3). 100% of its year-round operating costs are underwritten by gifts from individuals, corporate partners and foundations.
The camp where kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses can truly enjoy the joys of childhood for free – forever
Roundup River Ranch provides children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses camp experiences with appropriate medical care that are fun, safe, and empowering. Roundup River Ranch opened its doors to the very first campers in 2011. At camp, children between the ages of seven and 17, participate in nine fully adaptable program areas. Programs are offered free of charge to campers and their families thanks to the generosity of caring supporters. Roundup River Ranch makes it possible for nearly every child, even the sickest among us, to fully enjoy the camp experience because of the advanced medical supervision provided.
Empowering child survivors of war in rebuilding their lives ones step at a time
Fugees Family Inc. is devoted to working with child survivors of war. The organization empowers refugees to integrate successfully into their new country by providing them the support and structure they need to realize their vast potential. The Fugees Academy serves a pressing need not currently being met by Georgia's traditional public education system – the education of refugee children in an environment that understands their unique academic challenges.
The mission of World Sport Chicago is to support community leadership toward equitable access to play and sport in Chicago. World Sport Chicago accomplishes this through our core principles, which guide our work. Our organization strives to mobilize leaders from within the communities we serve, act on the long-view, creating long term, systemic change, create programs with child-like wonder, using any and every resource available, and serve with authenticity, developing real and vibrant connections with the communities of Chicago.
Enhancing the lives of children with diabetes and their families by providing a fun and educational camping experience in a safe environment.
At Camp Nejeda children with diabetes are free to be just children. This normalizing of their condition combines with both formal and informal educational moments to promote good diabetes management and healthy, active living. The addition of our Family Camps and other Extended Programs offered throughout the year provides the empowering fellowship and educational opportunities for individuals with type 1 diabetes of all ages and for their families.
Supporting equestrian athletes, promoting international excellence, and building for the future
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET Foundation) supports equestrian athletes, promotes international excellence, and builds for the future of equestrian sports. The eight High Performance equestrian disciplines supported by the United States Equestrian Team Foundation are dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, para-dressage, reining, show jumping and vaulting. The USET Foundation's role is to help provide funding for the High Performance competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
A retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family - the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception in 1984, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our focus is on alleviating the strain that a life threatening illness takes not only on the sick child but also on other family members. Families have an opportunity to rebuild their relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges.
Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with and supported parks by creating, protecting, and promoting over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. Over 1,200 Trail Conference volunteers donate more than 70,000 hours of labor annually to keep these trails open, safe, and free for the public to enjoy. We also publish maps and books to safely guide the public through our trails. The Trail Conference is a nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs that have a combined membership of over 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
Founded in 1939, Little League Baseball's mission is to promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes. Since its inception, Little League has grow to nearly 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries.
The mission of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The vision of SOMD is to help bring their athletes into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. In addition, SOMD encourages their athletes to also become leaders and give back to others through Athlete Leadership Programs.
Improving and sustaining our park and open spaces system.
MissionSan Francisco Parks Alliance's mission is to inspire and promote civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks and green open spaces. The San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) launched in October 2011, and combines San Francisco's two preeminent parks advocacy and support organizations, Neighborhood Parks Council (founded 1996) and San Francisco Parks Trust (founded 1971), to create a new, stronger, more effective voice for parks. SFPA brings together the best in advocacy and philanthropy, combining 55 years of experience toward a common goal-to engage citizens in improving their public spaces and providing healthy, safe recreation for all.
Special Olympics unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday in Hawai'i. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Hawai'i Special Olympics movement has grown from a handful of athletes to more than 3,900 athletes across the state. With the support of more than 8,500 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver nine Olympic-type sports and more than 40 competitions throughout the year. There is never a fee for any athlete or family to participate in Special Olympics programs. For more information visit Special Olympics Hawai'i at www.specialolympicshawaii.org or engage with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii; Twitter at www.twitter.com/SOHawaii; YouTube at www.youtube.com/SpecialOlympicsHI; and Instagram @SOHawaii.
Incorporated in 1972, the mission of Special Olympics Oklahoma is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal of Special Olympics is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the opportunity to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected by their families, friends and in their communities. Oklahoma's first Special Olympics event was an athletics competition at the University of Tulsa in 1969.
Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large.
Special Olympics Idaho provides training and athletic competition in 15 Olympic-type sports, year-round and free of charge to over 2,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Idaho.
Special Olympics programs, with over 6,000 volunteers, offer athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skill, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Funding comes from the generous donations of individuals, businesses and corporations, as well as from private grants and foundations. Through public awareness and volunteer recruitment, we hope to reach and serve potential athletes who are waiting for their opportunity to participate.
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports program, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together. Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field.
Founded in 1971, the mission of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes, and the community.
Advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity
The Women's Sports Foundation is an educational organization founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King. Our mission is to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. One of the top five public grant-giving women's funds in the United States, the Foundation distributes $10,000-20,000 per week from operating dollars to provide opportunities for socioeconomically underprivileged and inactive girls to participate in sports and physical activity. The Foundation works for equal opportunity for our daughters to play sports so they, too, can derive the psychological, physiological and sociological benefits of sports participation.
Supporting the conservation and enhancement of our City's parks and green spaces
The Cincinnati Parks Foundation's mission is to build broad-based private/public partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our City's parks and green spaces. The Foundation provides beautiful, tranquil places where families can exercise and relax, children can play, and the splendor of nature can soothe and nurture our souls as individuals and a community. Cincinnati Parks constitutes more than 5,000 acres, which amounts to approximately 10 percent of the City's total land area.
The First Tee Metropolitan New York works to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf, with a focus of serving minority and under-privileged youth. Since our inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown into a robust youth service organization impacting the lives of more than 9 million young people and exposing them to core values and life skills that will help them both on and off the golf course.
Creating life changing moments for children of abuse
Royal Family Kids Camp is the nation's leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children, ages 6-12. Royal Family Kids Camps operate week long Camps during the summer and Clubs and Mentoring during the school year. They have served 72,795 children since 1985 through their Summer Camps.
Pro Kids Golf Academy's mission is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life-skills, and values through education and the game of golf. We aim to be a leader in providing opportunity and hope through positive life-changing experiences to underserved youth in San Diego County. Pro Kids was founded by former AFL player Ernest H. Wright, Sr. and incorporated in 1994. That same year, we partnered with the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District to use Colina Park Golf Course as an outdoor classroom to teach life-skills and golf to inner-city kids. In 1997, we were used as a model for The First Tee, an international organization and became The First Tee of San Diego. We initiated a scholarship program in 1999 awarding $1 million to 80 students over the past ten years.
Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offering them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We reach nearly 10,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 2.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
A refuge where God's word influences lives through building relationships with Jesus and each other
Located in Northern Wisconsin and surrounded by thousands of acres of state forest, Fort Wilderness Ministries is a year-round Christian camp ("family") serving over 8,000 people each year. For over 50 years, Fort Wilderness has been a refuge for youth, adults and families to build stronger relationships with each other and with God while having a great time. Fort is a big family, a place where many of our staff have committed more than 20 years of our lives doing what we love: sharing our lives and faith with everyone who comes our way.
The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States with a special emphasis on underserved communities. We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of places to play, places to grow and places to learn, our goal is to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.
Since 1916, Pretty Lake Camp has provided a cost-free summer camp experience to over 50,000 at-risk youth from Kalamazoo County. Throughout the years, we have enriched the lives of thousands of youth by offering a safe, structured and encouraging environment in a natural setting. We accommodate over 700 children each summer. Many of the children who attend Pretty Lake Camp face significant challenges at home, in school, and in their community. We strive to remove all barriers that prevent a child from being able to come to camp.
The Neighborhood Club is dedicated to providing professionally-organized recreation and wellness programs for families and individuals of all ages. The Neighborhood Club was founded to meet the recreational, educational, and social service needs of area families. Activities are conducted in its recreation and wellness center and other public buildings and play fields. The Neighborhood Club is located on Waterloo and St. Clair in the City of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for the children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in our state. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness; demonstrate courage; experience joy; and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. More than 16,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics Michigan programs. Michigan has one of the largest programs in the U.S. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities. Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports--it's training for life.
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least eight years old and are identified as having a cognitive disability are eligible for participation. With seven Area offices throughout the state, Special Olympics Wisconsin serves nearly 10,000 athletes in nearly 189 communities statewide. SOWI's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, and Milwaukee, WI, One Heartland runs national programs to help improve the lives of children and families facing socially isolating conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, type 2 diabetes, and youth facing homelessness and identifying as LGBTQ. At the core of One Heartland's mission are its camp programs, which include: Camp Heartland, Camp Northstar, Camp 5210, and oneFutures in Willow River, MN; Camp True Colors, New York, Texas, and Minnesota; and Camp Hollywood Heart in Malibu, CA. One Heartland also conducts the Journey of Hope national speaking program, where children affected by HIV/AIDS share their stories to educate the public and other youth about awareness and prevention. Most of One Heartland's camp experiences are offered at no cost to campers and families, as more than 75 percent of them live below the poverty line.
Serving, protecting and promoting wrestling since 1928
The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to serve and provide leadership for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs. The NWCA, through its organizational structure, promotes communication, recognition achievement, recommends rules and regulations, sponsors events and serves as an educational and informational source. Additionally, the NWCA strives to foster the sportsmanship and integrity that are the cornerstones of athletic competition.
Youth development and character education, summer camps and environmental education
Founded in 1925, the American Youth Foundation (AYF) inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world. AYF is a national organization with regional centers in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Shelby, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. We own and operate two year round youth development centers. Miniwanca is set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline. It has a residential capacity of almost 1,000. Merrowvista is located on 600 acres in the pristine Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire.
Wyman's mission is to enable teens from disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Our vision is to foster communities where every teen is expected and supported to thrive in life, work and learning so that they may become economically self-sufficient, leaders in their communities and, ultimately, break the cycle of poverty.
Adventure Unlimited (A/U), established in 1962, provides inspiring recreational, social, education, and service activities for Christian Scientists and their friends, especially children and young people, in an atmosphere conducive to the recognition of the practicality and effectiveness of Christian Science. Nestled at the base of the Collegiate Peaks in the majestic Rocky Mountains, the A/U Ranches combine elements of the camp experience with a wide array of activities in a Christian Science atmosphere. For those who want to experience the inspiration and bonds of camp year-round--Discovery. Bound provides local events in your community, along with regional and national programs focused on spiritual growth, leadership training and fellowship.
Since 1981, the Fair Saint Louis Foundation (formerly the Veiled Prophet Fair Foundation)- in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the National Park Service- has hosted a spectacular celebration featuring live music, educational activities, air shows and spectacular fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend. The name Fair Saint Louis acknowledges that this free event is produced by Saint Louisans as a gift for Saint Louisans and their guests from all over the world.
healthy, active & vibrant communities where walking, bicycling & the use of public transportation are a way of life
Founded in 1988, Trailnet has a 20-year history of promoting active living - a way of life that encourages people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Trailnet's mission is to lead in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling throughout the St. Louis bi-state region. Trailnet provides biking, hiking, walking and conservation events and community education to diverse groups of people looking to lead healthier and more active lives. Trailnet helps municipalities design streets, sidewalks and trails where people can walk and bike safely, and our Healthy and Active Communities initiative provides the first visions of healthy, active living for residents of four underserved communities.
Educate. Inspire. Mobilize. Stop the Spread of HIV.
Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-profit focused on HIV prevention and a leader in the sport for development field, uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people in Africa to live healthy and productive lives. GRS conducts HIV prevention and life skills interventions in over 15 countries, to provide youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to live healthier lives. GRS has graduated 400,000 youth worldwide and plans to educate 1 million youth by 2014. For more information visit www.grassrootsoccer.org.
Preserve and perpetuate the traditions and spirit of Clearwater Camp for Girls
The mission of the Clearwater Camp Foundation is to preserve and perpetuate the traditions and spirit of Clearwater Camp for Girls for present and future generations of young women. The Clearwater Camp Foundation was incorporated in 2003 to help ensure that Clearwater Camp for Girls will continue to operate in the spirit that has guided it since its founding in 1933. In collaboration with the camp directors and staff, the Foundation board acts to protect the camp's natural environment, manage the camp's facilities and support the camp's programming - with the over-arching goal being to develop the whole self in every camper.
Providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports
The Mission of Special Olympics South Dakota is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (8 years and older) and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics Nebraska serves over 3,000 individuals 8 to 83 years of age in over 110 communities in Nebraska. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, and other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Benefits of participation in Special Olympics include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, friendships, a more positive self-image, and increased family support.
Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) began in 1970, and has grown to include more than 124 local programs and teams across the state. Today Special Olympics Kansas touches the lives of 5,580 athletes who train and compete year-round in 21 sports. In addition, free health screenings and wellness programs are available to all SOKS athletes, and to all individuals with intellectual disabilities in four regional centers across the state. Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.
Promoting and supporting Kansas State University's intercollegiate athletics
The objective of the Intercollegiate Athletic Council of Kansas State University is to promote and support intercollegiate athletics allowing Kansas State University to compete as strongly as possible, within the Big Twelve Conference, and any other athletic conference with which the University may affiliate. It is our responsibility to create through proper leadership and atmosphere an environment which provides the student athlete with an opportunity to acquire an education and to achieve at least an undergraduate degree. We must strive to develop intellectual, social, moral, emotional, cultural, and vocational growth and development as well as physical.
Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. SOIA has served Iowans with intellectual disabilities since 1968. SOIA provides training and competitions in 22 sports for more than 13,000 athletes representing each of Iowa's 99 counties. SOIA makes a positive difference in the lives of athletes, their families and communities with more than 15,000 individuals and 2,000 certified coaches who volunteer to participate in the programs.
Sports that creates inclusive communities throughout the world, ending intolerance, injustice, and inactivity.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. Our 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes come from more than 170 countries. The goal of Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID to offer continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Engaging Americans in caring for our National Forests
Founded by Congress, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) works with the U.S. Forest Service and communities across the country to care for the 193-million-acre National Forest System and the millions of visitors it receives each year. The NFF brings people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, we engage America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. We also administer private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. In helping the U.S. Forest Service fulfill its mission "to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations" we work in close collaboration with local people and communities.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To achieve our vision, KaBOOM! works to catalyze and create great places to play, empower advocates to promote and protect play, and elevate public discourse around the importance of play. We believe play matters for all kids, because all the science affirms that play is critical to a child's overall health, development and well-being. Moreover, play can help tackle a number of urgent issues plaguing our society - especially those endemic among low-income communities.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self-discovery for everyone. The organization's goal is to open the heart and mind of every Virginian to the value and abilities of persons with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Virginia is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated.
The Emily Krzyzewski Center (Emily K Center) was established in 2006 and named in honor of Coach Mike Krzyzewski's mother. In founding the Center, Coach Krzyzewski was inspired by his own journey as a first generation college student. Our mission is to inspire students to dream big, act with character and purpose, and reach their potential as leaders in their community. To achieve this mission, we designed and implement K to College programs, a series of year-round, out-of-school initiatives that serve academically-focused students from low-income backgrounds. We are unique in our capacity to serve students across a fourteen-year timeframe, from first grade through sophomore year of college. In addition to implementing K to College programs, we serve thousands of additional community members each month through facility partnerships. Last year, 70 organizations utilized the Center to expand their programming impact.
The official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park
The Glacier National Park Conservancy assures the Glacier National Park experience by providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach. The Conservancy is the result of a merger between the Glacier National Park Fund and the Glacier Association in 2013 to better serve the park. Together the new organization becomes the only non-profit fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. Funds are raised through philanthropy and our stores continuing the strong legacy of the former organizations.
Where the people of the Middle Tyger Area have come together to serve our community
Middle Tyger Community Center (MTCC) brings together state and local agencies to support the District Five Area and adjoining areas of the county. Located in the former Lyman Elementary School, MTCC includes programs ranging from adolescent pregnancy prevention and support for pregnant and parenting adolescents to family counseling, family support services, crisis intervention, and educational opportunities for all ages. In the spirit of the Middle Tyger Area's desire to create healthy families, we seek to encourage and assist all citizens to develop solutions to the problems identified in our community and foster collaboration among agencies, people who want to help, and those who need help.
The Foundation of Shalom Park provides social, educational, athletic and recreational facilities and programs to allow members of the greater Charlotte Jewish community and others to interact with each other and develop a greater awareness of Judaism and their common heritage. Shalom Park brings together the Charlotte Jewish community's resources on 54 rolling, wooded acres on Providence Road in Charlotte. The Foundation of Shalom Park is responsible for the physical site of this centerpiece of Jewish life in the Carolinas. Shalom Park is undertaking a $30 million expansion project, which will bring a host of new facilities for the use of the Jewish and Greater Charlotte communities.
VisionGreat parks that reflect the unique character and meet the needs of every community.Mission StatementProvide programs, funding and leadership to engage communities in developing and improving parks and greenspaces.Philosophy An excellent park system fosters quality of life by improving physical and mental health, reducing crime, cleaning the environment, strengthening social ties, and spurring economic development.
Founded in 1991, The PATH Foundation is an organization with a mission to develop a system of interlinking greenway trails through metro Atlanta for commuting and recreating. In just fifteen years, PATH has developed more than 100 miles of trails throughout northern Georgia and has become a nationally recognized model for trail-building success. PATH's linear parks have become part of the landscape in urban and rural areas, in affluent and impoverished communities. PATH trails are bringing people together from all races, ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds.
Agape empowers and supports underserved families within its community to discover and embrace their full potential. Agape achieves this mission by providing academic support and family services focusing on character development, academic achievement, reading proficiency by third grade, successful high school graduation and post-graduation placement. Agape's innovative in-school and after-school program model is complemented by Agape services and outreach that fulfill a holistic approach to guiding each child to discover and embrace their full potential.
The national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.
USA Water Ski is the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. From the beginning, USA Water Ski has had a dual mission of promoting the growth and development of recreational water skiing, and organizing and governing the sport of competitive water skiing. Headquartered in Polk City, Fla., the staff serves more than 15,000 members across the country. Nearly 80 percent of USA Water Ski's members are involved in tournament competition each year; the remainder are recreational water skiers.
To collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.
The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. The Filson was founded on May 15, 1884, by ten Louisvillians with a common love of history. The primary founder and first president was Reuben T. Durrett. The Filson's mission is to collect, preserve, and tell the significant stories of Kentucky and Ohio Valley history and culture.
Founded in 1948, Louisville Central Community Center (LCCC) works to advance self-reliance by increasing competence and confidence among individuals and families in Russell and the larger community. LCCC offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Child and youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, financial education and home ownership are just some of the services provided.
Building a strong foundation for the Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation utilizes the private sector to enhance, expand, and improve the Kentucky Horse Park. Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has followed its mission to expand and enhance the Kentucky Horse Park. The Foundation helps enable the Kentucky Horse Park to be the unquestioned leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world and to continue to be recognized as the theme park for all horse lovers everywhere, as well as being the premier showcase for the sport and industry of horses. The Kentucky Horse Park is a unique treasure in the Bluegrass. The park's world-class show facilities welcome more than 15,000 competition horses at shows each year.
Show the Smokies you care! Be a Friend today. Join. Volunteer. Stay Informed.
Organized in 1993, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. Friends has 4,500+ members and 170+ volunteers who provide assistance with projects that benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Friends of the Smokies provides over $1 million annually for environmental education, natural resource and wildlife conservation, historic preservation, and trail improvements in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.One of Friends' most proud accomplishments is establishing the $4 million Trails Forever endowment in 2012 to help implement major, sustainable improvements on the Smokies' 848 miles of hiking trails.Friends supporters' conserve black bears, elk + brook trout, heal hemlock trees, restore historic log cabins + churches, educate park visitors, Junior Rangers + more
Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. We partner with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. Our curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills. We also rely on the support of our Summit for Someone climbers. Our SFS climbers take on two formidable commitments: mentally and physically preparing to climb one of North America's most challenging peaks, and raising thousands of dollars. All to help improve the lives of kids they might never meet.
Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) is proud to serve over 13,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. From the Oregon border to Monterey and Tulare counties, our athletes have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports trainings and competitions that take place throughout the year. In order to prepare athletes for competition, they must attend a minimum of eight practices to insure they are prepared to compete. Our programs give our athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skill, and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community.
Camp Aldersgate is uniquely dedicated to serving children with disabilities, youth and senior adults in a camp environment. We maintain a high standard of excellence in all aspects of our programming, service, environment and operations. Our work is guided by the needs and potential of each person. We offer camps for children and youth who have conditions such as cancer, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, kidney disorders, autism, Down syndrome, and mental retardation. Hundreds of campers come each year from across Arkansas and from surrounding states to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.
Special Olympics Texas started in 1969, and has grown to become one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with 58,333 athletes, 4,040 coaches and 40,281 volunteers. The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities [mental retardation], giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Energy Outreach Colorado is dedicated to keeping Colorado homes warm, healthy and safe by raising money for energy assistance. We assist people in emergency situations by helping pay the balances on their utility bills. We also help limited income families to be more self-sufficient by funding energy efficiency measures that lower energy costs in affordable housing across Colorado. Through the Charitable Energy Network and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), we help those in need across Colorado. We also support Energy Efficiency Programs that provide long-term solutions to help needy Coloradoans control their energy use and lower their bills.
Dedicated to enhancing public safety through education
Police Protective Fund (PPF) is a public awareness organization dedicated to enhancing public safety through education. PPF was established in 1998 by the leadership of the American Association of Police Officers, to enhance the public's understanding of law enforcer safety issues. Guided by police officers and distinguished citizens, the organization is dedicated to strengthening the safety net over which a law enforcement officer must perform their profession's perilous duties. Proceed With Caution is the centerpiece of PPF's public awareness efforts. The program addresses an issue of grave concern to public safety officials. To date, the program has reached millions of Americans with an urgent appeal to the nation's drivers that is vital to the safety of law enforcers: Proceed With Caution - Police at Work.
Providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf
The First Tee of Greater Austin (TFTGA) is a youth development organization dedicated to providing young people with educational programs to build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Life skills and healthy habits are taught seamlessly through the game of golf in our program. Students progress through the program by passing both a life skills and a golf skills assessment, moving from Player to Par to Birdie to Eagle to Ace. Our character education helps young people prepare for success in high school, college and life. Life skills taught include self-management, goal setting, dealing with adversity and interpersonal communications. Healthy habits taught include: energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school and community.
Our mission is to engage and empower youth through education and outdoor experiences. All of our programmatic goals center on equipping the youth that we serve with knowledge to break the cycle of poverty and experience success as adults. Thus, our vision is to ignite infinite possibilities for Austin's youth.Currently, ASC provides opportunities for youth in Central Texas through our week-long summer camps at Zilker Park and Lake Travis. In addition, we offer more extensive support to middle-school youth in Austin ISD through our Sunshine Afterschool program, launched in the 2014-15 school year. Through the summer camps and afterschool opportunities, ASC will serve over 1,000 low-income youth in 2015.
Established in 1987, Camp John Marc partners with community and health professionals and organizations to provide high quality camping experiences year round to campers who have a chronic illness or physical disability and the families of those children. These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature's world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting.
Camp Sweeney's mission is to build a family that can help to support campers through all of the highs and lows of Type 1 diabetes. We start by making the practices of good diabetic control normal, so every child is on a level playing field and no longer feels that diabetes makes them different. Campers are given opportunities to succeed and once they begin to achieve their goals at camp, they develop confidence in their own talents and abilities. We encourage campers to seek the good in themselves and each other, so they place value in virtue rather than the venial attractions of the world. As campers support one another over the course of a session, they build friendships that are based in service – friendships they can count on long past the end of the summer.
Great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is an educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA's worldwide network includes 32,000 individual members, more than 200 chapters and 300 allied non-profit organizations, more than 200 corporate partners and 800 bicycle retailers. IMBA's members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.
Founded in 1989, the mission of All Stars Helping Kids is to disrupt the cycle of poverty and encourage innovation by seed funding start-up nonprofits in the Bay Area. Our vision is to increase the effectiveness of these nonprofits so that all youth are able to thrive, regardless of where they come from. The values that guide our work, both internally and in the community, are: Risk-taking, Teamwork, Integrity and Reflection. We believe that breaking the cycle of poverty will give all youth a fair shot, and will benefit each and every one of us too.
Founded in 1970, Special Olympics Montana is a provider of year-round, statewide programs of physical fitness, sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. Nearly 2,200 athletes participate in 14 Olympic-type sports throughout the year, including aquatics, gymnastics, basketball, golf, snowboarding, cycling, bowling, powerlifting and soccer. Special Olympics Montana gives children and adults continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Promoting the guardianship and provident management of big game and associated wildlife in North America
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and provident management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. We maintain the highest standards of fair chase and sportsmanship aim all aspects of big game hunting, in order that this resource of all the people may survive and prosper in its natural habitats. Consistent with this objective, the Club supports the use and enjoyment of our wildlife heritage to the fullest extent by this and future generations. The Club maintains the records of native North American Big Game as a vital conservation record in assessing the success of wildlife management programs. The Club also conducts habitat research and demonstrates innovative land management practices, as well as conservation education programs at our Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch.
Camp Mak-A-Dream was founded in 1991 and began as a dream to bring sick children to see a working Montana ranch. Today, cost-free programs are offered throughout the year to children, teens, young adults and women with cancer, as well as programs for children who have a sibling or a parent with cancer. Since opening their doors, Camp Mak-A-Dream has welcomed more than 5,000 participants from across the United States, Canada, and several other countries. The campus is handicap accessible, including the pool, hot tub, zip line, cabins, restrooms and lodge. The Camp is also able to accommodate the medical needs of those in the midst of treatment due to the support of volunteer physicians and nurses.
Rebecca Farm's mission is to promote amateur equestrian competition in the western United States. The Event at Rebecca Farm has become one of the largest competitions of its kind in the United States and was an important step to competing in the 2012 London Olympics. The nation's best horses and riders compete alongside horses and riders of all ages and levels from across the continent, with free admission for spectators. The sport of Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon with historic military ties meant to replicate what a horse and rider would go through in the cavalry. The horse and rider compete as a partnership in all aspects of horsemanship to complete the three tests as a team, with their cumulative performance determining their final standing.
Enhancing quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities.
Higher Ground Sun Valley (formerly Sun Valley Adaptive Sports) enhances quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities. As a positive and visible fixture in the community, our programs give children, teens, adults, and veterans the opportunity to experience competition and the outdoors without limitations.Designed and executed by our staff of certified therapists and dedicated professionals, each program helps our participants build physical and social skills they can take with them for a lifetime.What sets HG apart from other adaptive sports organizations across the country is our focus on innovative and sustainable therapeutic impact. While we want our participants to have a great time, we ensure the positive changes they experience translate to every aspect of their lives.
Serving Rocky Mountain National Park and other public lands partners since 1931
Founded in 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy (formerly the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) promotes the understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands through interpretive or educational publications and programs; advances stewardship through philanthropy for Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands; protects, restores, maintains and preserves land and historic sites in Rocky Mountain National Park and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain West, and may, in furtherance of such mission, conduct any lawful activity.
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities, eight years of age and older, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics Colorado held its first event at Aurora Hinkley High School in 1969. Four hundred athletes participated in a one-day track and field meet. Today, Special Olympics Colorado serves nearly 8,500 athletes with a volunteer base of over 6,000 and provides opportunities to train and compete in over 20 Olympic-type sports year-round.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) began in 1970 as a one-time ski lesson for children with amputations for the Children's Hospital of Denver. Today, the NSCD is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. The mission of the NSCD is to enable the human spirit through therapeutic sport and recreation. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and rivers to learn more about sports - and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis.
The fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the fundraising arm of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding. Incorporated in 1964 the Foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs. The money raised by the Foundation supports athletes in all disciplines of the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding including alpine, cross country, freestyle, jumping, nordic combined and snowboarding as well as the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.
The mission of the Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The first Special Olympics Arizona competition in 1975 consisted of a one-day track and field event with 100 athletes and 20 volunteers. Today, Special Olympics Arizona offers 22 sports, 170 programs in 15 regional areas, and five statewide competitions for 9,100 athletes and, 1,300 Class A volunteers and 5,000 day-of-event volunteers on an annual basis.
Tread Lightly! and its partners lead a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access and opportunities by promoting outdoor ethics to heighten individuals' sense of good stewardship. Tread Lightly!'s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of fish and wildlife. The scope of our work includes both land and water, and is representative of nearly every form of outdoor recreation including, but not limited to hunting, recreational shooting, fishing and boating. We also have a niche in promoting safe and responsible use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the outdoors. We offer a myriad of programs, trainings and educational material to help educate recreationists across the nation on the importance of treading lightly.
The Utah Sports Commission was created to foster national and international amateur sports competitions to be held in the state of Utah, which will enhance the quality of life of all Utah citizens and strengthen Utah's presence in the worldwide sports community. The role of the Utah Sports Commission is to act as facilitator, catalyst, coordinator, ombudsman, salesman, cheerleader or any other role that might be helpful or necessary to assist the various sports related organizations in Utah in attracting events, revenue, athlete development opportunities, and positive exposure to the state. The Utah Sports Commission is playing and will continue to play a vital coordinating role in the Utah sports community. An umbrella sports organization such as the Sports Commission allows Utah to brand and position itself in the global sports marketplace more effectively than if multiple organizations and venues were to attempt this on their own.
Opening a World of Opportunities for People of all Abilities
The Kostopulos Dream Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through recreation, education and growth experiences. Our goal is to make our services available to all people, regardless of ability level, income or place of residence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We give kids a place to call their own, where they can have fun, get a hot meal, be creative, be a part of a team, get help with homework, or just hang out with friends. We offer safe, fun, inclusive, and inspiring places that kids and their families count on every day. Thirteen locations with open doors throughout King County create space for children and teens to learn, create, and attain their best in academics, athletics, and more.
Founded in 1976, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center's mission is to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities and to be an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession, both regionally and nationally. Our equine-assisted activities and adaptive riding programs provide life-changing physical benefits such as strengthening muscles, preventing bone weakness and joint dislocation, improving balance and enhancing hand/eye coordination. These benefits improve a rider's overall health, which, in turn, can increase life expectancy.
The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a hands-on maritime museum serving residents and visitors to the Northwest's Puget Sound region. The CWB mission is "to provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations". - CWB envisions a future where lives are enriched with the knowledge of where we fit into the continuum of history and human experience by collecting, preserving and telling the story of wooden small craft and maritime culture. - CWB envisions a future where every child has the confidence to pursue their full potential by providing challenging physical and mental experiences in wooden small craft.- CWB envisions a future where people of all ages use their hands and minds to connect to their culture and their physical world by making maritime craft and skills education a lifelong experience.- CWB builds community and creates access to the water
Enriching the quality of life for children and adults with disability through outdoor recreation.
Outdoors for All Foundation works to enrich the quality of life for children and adults with disability through outdoor recreation. Founded in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoors for All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Each year more than 2,400 individuals exercise their abilities thanks to the training and support of more than 700 volunteers. Outdoors for All enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities and families and helps them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Outdoors for All's programs includes snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, hiking, yoga, kayaking, day camps, rock-climbing, camping and custom events.
Seattle Parks Foundation works with volunteers, donors, and community leaders to build and sustain a thriving, accessible, and connected system of public spaces for all people. We support community-led public space initiatives. We are a philanthropy-based organization, encouraging private sector donors at every level and from every zip code to help create and care for public spaces throughout Seattle. We cultivate a network of private, nonprofit and public sector partners to advocate for public policy and investment that improves the health and well-being of all residents. Our success depends upon our commitment to service, our capacity for collaboration, the trust we earn in neighborhoods where we work, and the gratitude we show to community leaders, donors, and volunteers.
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) addresses the fundamental human needs of food, water, and peace so that people everywhere can live their lives with dignity, peace, and prosperity. TPRF helps to bring Prem Rawat's message of peace to people around the world and provide essential humanitarian aid to those who need it most.
California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California's state parks. With our community of supporters, we deliver innovative solutions for an excellent parks system by facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. Together we ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come. Since its founding in 1969, CSPF has raised more than $256 million to benefit state parks and park visitors.
California's statewide river conservation organization
Founded in 1973, Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds as well as advocating for sustainable water management. This is accomplished by providing public education, citizen activist training and organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy decisions on land, water, and energy management issues. Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems, and as the most effective grassroots organization working on behalf of rivers. One of the organization's greatest strengths is its ability to coordinate national, regional, and local groups, combining their strengths and focusing efforts into coordinated campaigns.
Providing for Yosemite's future is our passion. Yosemite Conservancy is the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park. We inspire people to support projects and programs that preserve and protect Yosemite National Park's resources and enrich the visitor experience. With the support of our donors, we have completed more than 330 projects providing more than $60 million in support to Yosemite. We are committed to creating unique opportunities for people to connect with the park, through restoring hiking trails and iconic lookouts, providing outdoor education and volunteer programs.
Jamestown Community Center's philosophy is simple - provide youth with as many positive experiences as they need in order to grow up healthy and productive. To accomplish this goal, Jamestown employs very intricate strategies. First, we use well-researched youth development theory and practice as the underlying framework for program design, implementation, and evaluation. This approach emphasizes young people's resiliency in the face of challenges and recognizes their natural urge to grow up to be successful adults. Second, we offer youth the opportunity to participate in Jamestown year after year, from age 0 to 18. To deepen their engagement, youth are encouraged to join more than one Jamestown program. Ultimately, we hope to watch these youth graduate from both high school and from Jamestown.
Providing free therapeutic camp for children with life-threatening and chronic illness
The mission of The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF) is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. Located on 138 acres of beautiful land nestled in Livermore, CA, TTFF's camp hosts a diverse group of 3,000 children with chronic medical, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk for over 30 camp sessions throughout the year at no charge.
Supporting those affected by type 1 diabetes so they may lead full, healthy, beautiful lives, NOW.
The mission of DYF is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. The organization provides education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence.Improving the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes
The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. The Shea Center operates under the rules and regulations of The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. A variety of therapeutic riding classes are usually operating at the same time over various parts of the property. A NARHA certified instructor, assigned to each class, will lead that class through riding exercises specifically designed to address and improve client disabilities. Group classes are small, usually 4 - 6 riders, and last about one hour.
Providing music and performing arts events in Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation provides music and performing arts events in the Santa Barbara community, promotes cultural and artistic awareness and presents music and performing arts to local students.
Founded in 1969, the mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Our vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch. The Southern California Chapter is bounded by San Luis Obispo, Kern and Inyo Counties in the north, and the U.S./Mexico border in the south.
Fostering a bias-free world for children with disabilities
Shane's Inspiration creates Universally Accessible Playground and programs that integrate children of all abilities, physically and emotionally, fostering acceptance, friendship, and understanding. Their vision is to foster a bias-free world for children with disabilities through the vehicle of inclusive playgrounds and programs. Shane's Inspiration also has education and community outreach programs that work to eliminate bias against children with disabilities.
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