Hello! Does REI ever donate goods for silent auction items? I have a non profit and we are looking to do a virtual silent auction this year 4.1.21 and was hoping to get some outdoor goods to promote Trans and LGBTQ folks to get outside this summer. Would there be anyone I could talk to about this?
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Thank you for reaching out and for thinking of REI to support your organization! The co-op does have a community gear donation program; through it, we work to support US 501C3 non-profit organizations whose missions are focused on caring for and increasing access to outdoor recreation places and/or connecting people to the outdoors through human-powered activities.
Requests that align with this mission are eligible for co-op branded gear donations, but the budget is limited and we are unable to serve every request. In general, REI's gear donation decisions are made by our teams in our retail stores, so for requests that align with our giving strategy, please contact yourlocal REI store.