The Denali Foundation Doubles Charitable Contributions
Guilford, CT – The Denali Foundation donated $57,000 in 2017, more than doubling its charitable contributions to community-based youth organizations and environmental initiatives compared to previous years.
This money has funded programming in accordance with the foundation’s mission to develop, support, and fund community outreach programs that promote youth and family engagement in the outdoors and to protect access to local green spaces. For 2017, this included scholarship programs at The New Haven Land Trust’s Schooner Summer Camp, at Camp Hazen YMCA, and at other environmentally focused organizations.
Thanking the foundation and its corporate parent, Denali and Trailblazer stores, Executive Director of The New Haven Land Trust Justin Elicker insists, “Denali believes in our city, our kids, and our environment, and we are grateful for their dedication.” Thanks to scholarships provided by The Denali Foundation, 40 New Haven schoolchildren from low-income families were given the opportunity to study life and earth sciences, discover watersports such as sailing, and engage in creative play at The New Haven Land Trust’s summer program.
Other contributions of note were made to support whitewater rafting excursions for Solar Youth and field trip programming that partners New Haven Public Schools with Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center. Rebecca Holcombe, Director of Community Programs at Common Ground, explains, “Most New Haven Public Schools don’t have the dollars and cents to send their students. Many teachers have come for years and given us a personal check to cover the costs of the field trip. The Denali Foundation’s support makes these field trips financially accessible.” She continues, “Denali Foundation support creates opportunities for these kids to come to Common Ground’s field trips regardless of ability to pay.”
The Denali Foundation also donated to various other nonprofits and organizations in the Connecticut and Rhode Island shoreline area, ending with its most successful year to date.
Todd Raskin, President of The Denali Foundation, states, “We really stepped up our game this past year, and much of our success comes from bigger and better fundraising. Our projects are so critical. Engaging youth with the outdoors promotes greater physical and emotional health as well as stronger academic performance, and it highlights the need to protect our wild spaces.”
Much of this fundraising occurs in partnership with The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The festival’s success allowed The Denali Foundation to greatly expand its activities in 2017.
Visiting 450 communities in 40 countries, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour promotes environmental responsibility, exotic landscapes, outdoor adventures, and diverse cultures. It makes four stops in Connecticut: in New Haven, New London, Hartford, and Fairfield. All ticket proceeds from these Connecticut events benefit The Denali Foundation. More information and links for ticket purchases can be found at blog.denalioutdoor.com/banff.
About The Denali Foundation
The Denali Foundation provides financial support to environmental initiatives and youth organizations. A registered nonprofit, the foundation has a mission to develop, support, and fund community outreach programs that promote youth and family engagement in the outdoors and to protect access to local green spaces. The Denali Foundation believes that every child deserves access to opportunities and encouragement to experience the outdoors and connect with nature for their physical, emotional, and educational well-being. The foundation hosts several events throughout the year, including a Pint Night series at Denali and Trailblazer stores, the popular Run The Gauntlet obstacle 5K races, and The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. All money raised at these events supports the foundation and its partners.
Amy Parulis, Board Member, email@example.com