Under sunny skies, a hiker pauses at a Sugar City Trail guide post.

REI Co-op Philanthropy

At REI Co-op, we believe a life outdoors is a life well lived—that our connection to nature is essential to our humanity. This has guided our reinvestment back into the community for over 80 years. Today more than ever, we dedicate our philanthropy to assuring that every person can benefit from time outside.

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To deliver on this mission, we invest in high-impact work aimed at:

Rewilding cities and towns, and keeping wild places wild

Connecting underrepresented groups to the outdoors

Demonstrating nature’s physical and mental health benefits

Volunteers help restore trails in an alpine park.

Advancing climate action and sustainable innovation

In 2020, REI invested $6.3 million in more than 400 nonprofits through REI Co-op and REI Foundation grants.

Philanthropy FAQs

    • The majority of REI grant decisions are made in partnership between REI’s headquarters philanthropy team and hundreds of local outreach and retail team members across the country. This unique corporate philanthropic model ensures that the co-op is making locally relevant and impactful community investments in over 60 large and small regions across the country.

    • REI Co-op and REI Foundation grants are by invitation only.

    • The REI Foundation is a separate 501c3 organization. REI Co-op grants are considered corporate giving and are supported from company profits from the previous year.

A forestry worker uses a hand saw to help clear logs from a trail.

History of REI Co-op Giving

Investing in the outdoor community is part of our DNA. In 2019, REI surpassed $100 million in cumulative philanthropic giving. That has resulted in connecting countless people to the outdoors; building and stewarding thousands of miles of dirt, paved and water trails; enhancing campsites and climbing areas; increasing access to natural places in urban areas; advocating for public lands, and much more.

After a springtime hike, members of Latino Outdoors smile for a photo by an alpine lake.

REI Foundation

The REI Foundation is a 501c3 founded in 1993 by REI Co-op. The Foundation has its own board of directors, which oversees annual grants that complement work done by the Co-op under the four philanthropic pillars shown above.