Kahtoola Awards Over $30,000 in Philanthropic Grants During Winter Distribution
February 15, 2023
Recipients include The Tibet Fund, DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project, Runners for Public Lands, Soul Trak Outdoors and The Howl Experience
Flagstaff, Ariz. (Feb. 15, 2023) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Kahtoola is honored to announce the winter 2022-2023 grant recipients of the Kahtoola Philanthropy Program: The Tibet Fund, DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project, Runners for Public Lands, Soul Trak Outdoors and The Howl Experience. Three times a year, Kahtoola donates at least 1% of annual sales through the Kahtoola Philanthropy Program to nonprofits dedicated to preserving indigenous cultures, promoting environmental responsibility or efforts to support the outdoor community.
- The Tibet Fund’s Nyingtob Ling project – a residential program for Tibetan children and young adults with disabilities located in Dharamsala, India. Kahtoola is proud to continue its support of The Tibet Fund and its mission to support and strengthen Tibetan community.
- DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project is the first regional program of DigDeep, the national human rights nonprofit working to ensure every American has access to a tap and toilet inside their homes. The Navajo Water Project is a community-managed utility alternative that will utilize its Kahtoola Philanthropy grant to continue bringing hot and cold running water to homes on the Navajo Nation that are not connected to piped water or sewer lines. Its community-led and region-specific solutions have helped install clean running water inside hundreds of homes through its award-winning Navajo Water Project (Arizona, New Mexico and Utah); Appalachia Water Project (West Virginia); and Colonias Water Project (Texas).
- Runners for Public Lands is dedicated to organizing runners for climate action, sustainability practices, the protection of public lands, and equitable access to nature. The grant will be used in part to bolster the “Everyone Runs Project” to help underrepresented runners break down barriers and chase their dreams.
- Other fall recipients include Soul Trak Outdoors (grant funds will be used to support an Environmental Leadership Cohort project focused on BIPOC collegiate students in the Washington, D.C. area) and The Howl Experience, which received an in-kind grant of 25 pairs of Kahtoola’s MICROspikes for its Canadian environmental youth program.
“In 2022, Kahtoola was thankful for the opportunity to award grants to more than a dozen nonprofits to support their tireless efforts to improve the world around us and the lives of countless people,” said Danny Giovale, founder of Kahtoola. “We are inspired by their hard work and happy to contribute to their efforts.”
Nonprofits interested in applying for Kahtoola’s 2023 grant cycle can visit Kahtoola.com. Annually, Kahtoola distributes three rounds of grants: spring (March 31 application deadline), summer (July 31 deadline), and fall/winter (November 30 deadline).
Since 1999, Kahtoola has been creating reliable gear that makes the outdoors more accessible and rewarding. Kahtoola’s gaiters, hiking crampons, and flexible footwear traction systems, including MICROspikes®, EXOspikes™ and NANOspikes®, are built to improve safety and performance in wintry locales around the globe. Every product is thoughtfully designed and vigorously tested at the brand’s Flagstaff, AZ headquarters high on the Colorado Plateau. Owned and operated by founder Danny Giovale, Kahtoola proudly grants 1% of annual sales to fund projects that support indigenous cultures and improve communities, healthcare, education, resources and the environment. For more information, please visit Kahtoola.com.