REI is dedicated to inspiring people to love the outdoors and take care of the places they love. We focus our philanthropic efforts on supporting and promoting participation in active volunteerism to care for public lands, natural areas, trails and waterways. This focus engages a full spectrum of REI resources to mobilize our communities around outdoor stewardship.
Our store teams cultivate strong partnerships with local non-profit organizations that engage individuals, families and entire communities in outdoor volunteer stewardship. REI stores use their public visibility, staff support and online communication tools to connect people to the stewardship opportunities hosted by their partners. These store resources thereby drive customers' attention, awareness and involvement in support of partner programs and needs.
REI also supports local partners financially with grant funding. Our grants program begins with nominations from our store teams who select the local non-profits with whom they've developed enduring and meaningful partnerships. Nominated partners are then invited to submit applications for grant funding. REI grants provide partner organizations with the resources and capacity to organize stewardship activities and get volunteers involved.
Below are several examples of REI grants from 2009. Check your local REI store for a full listing of REI's most recent grants in your area. The below grantees offer many great ways to get involved with conserving outdoor spaces and connecting people with nature. Find local opportunities to volunteer and get involved in your area through REI's partnership with VolunteerMatch
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