The North Face company, known for its tech savvy athletic merchandise, is now helping kids discover nature. The purpose of the company's Explore Fund is to inspire a global movement of outdoor exploration and conservation. Since 2010, North Face has provided over 1.5 million dollars in grants to more than 300 outdoors-related nonprofits, which has helped nearly 100,000 young people.
Through the Explore Fund, North Face is hoping to help youth overcome adversity, such as health challenges or self-esteem issues. They look for proposals that encourage community involvement, have quantifiable goals and objectives, and have a good chance of producing positive results and momentum. In 2015 alone, 47 organizations throughout the United States received grants to further their commitment to outdoors appreciation.
Just this last year, $500,000 dollars were donated to organizations such as Latino Outdoors, which uses outdoor exploration as a catalyst for positive changes.
In an age of social media, video games, and media entertainment, it is important for kids to get out of the house at a young age. For this year, apply between March 1 and April 5th to help change how children interact with their environment. As the company motto goes, "Adventure is everywhere. Never stop Exploring."