Since 1976, REI has provided more than $41 million to nonprofit organizations that share our goal to protect and preserve our country’s natural spaces and to get more people into the outdoors.
In 2012, $4 million was given to more than 300 local and national groups that take care of parks, trails, rivers, crags, waterways and beaches. For a list of local and national grants made to conservation nonprofits, click here.
REI’s corporate grants program is a community-based approach led by our retail stores that nominate local partner nonprofits. Each grant proposal is evaluated in the context of REI’s funding priorities and criteria that involve evaluation of impact, engagement and accountability.
At regional and national levels, REI also supports stewardship outdoor causes that align with our specialty shop activities and REI leaders give their time and talent to nonprofit boards related to the outdoors.
In addition to helping to care for outdoor recreational places, REI actively partners with the Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in communities around the world. In 2012, we provided $100,000 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. So that employees could help make a difference, we partnered with New York Cares and Jersey Cares to provide nearly 1,000 warm coats to help those who lost so much in the hurricane’s devastation.