July 14, 2022

Twice a year the Wander Project “Make it Rain” committee meets to review the funds raised for half of the year and to review all of the grant applications we’ve received seeking these funds. 

Last week this committee met and we were so inspired by the 2022 athletes from the first half of our event year. Already charity bib athletes have raised $112,060.26 from the Saguaro Half Marathon to the Cocodona 250 and through the Glacier Half Marathon!

While reviewing the grants from nonprofit partner organizations throughout these areas and beyond, our BOD President and the Vacation Races Founder was so inspired by what we were able to accomplish with athlete raised funds that he provided a match of $6,175.04.

Below is the list of organizations and projects that we were able to support because of YOU our charity bib athletes:

  1. Friends of Saguaro NP- Next Generation Ranger Corps Internship Program 
  2. Zion National Park Forever Project- Concrete to Canyons youth program 
  3. The Nature Conservancy- Sheep Bridge Nature Preserve: unrestricted funds 
  4. Navajo Yes (Antelope Canyon)- Creating family-friendly outdoor spaces at trailheads 
  5. Yosemite Conservancy- California Conservation Corps-Restoring Yosemite’s Wilderness Trails  
  6. Wilderness Volunteers (Bryce, Saguaro)- Volunteer program expenses
  7. Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (Bryce)- Trail Ambassadors Program 
  8. West Yellowstone Foundation- Restoration project around The Bob Jacklin Casting Pond
  9. West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation- Extending the West Yellowstone Biathlon Range specifically to support adaptive athletes 
  10. Grand Teton NP Foundation- Climate change programs including:  Glacier Monitoring, Pika Research and Monitoring & Whitebark Pine Monitoring and Conservation 
  11. Glacier Conservancy- Linnii Initiative Project: returning bison to the landscape (specifically in East Glacier) 
  12. Public Lands Alliance- General/Unrestricted support 
  13. Athlete Request-Yosemite Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps- Expanding Immersive education programming and providing the gear necessary to for programs like backpacking and trail work sessions 
  14. Athlete Request-Yellowstone Mission 22- Veterans Programs, including: PTSD and suicide awareness programs to gym memberships to stay active 
  15. Athlete Request-Bryce Great Basin K9 SAR
  16. Athlete Request-Cocodona Agape House- Provides support and housing for families experiencing homelessness 
  17. Athlete Request-Cocodona Challenged Athletes Foundation- Supports disabled athletes with grants, camps & clinics, and mentorship 
  18. Athlete Request-Cocodona Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS)- supporting adoption efforts for youth with Down Syndrome
  19. Athlete Request-Cocodona Tan’s Treats- Provides meals to children in need on weekends and holidays when school programs are unavailable to fulfill this need 
  20. Navajo Yes (3 athletes MV Ultras)- General, unrestricted funds

Again, we couldn’t be more inspired by what this community has been able to accomplish and support already this year. 

For 2023, however, we are switching things up and instead of the WP Committee allocating funds to organizations that fit within our mission, we are opening this up to you! With a charity bib for any of our 2023 events, YOU choose where the funds go! This can still be to one of our nonprofit partners, or you can choose a cause that matters to you. 

Check out the Wander Project Event’s page and find your next adventure and turn your passion into purpose!

About the author 

Amy Ben-Horin

Amy has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 14 years. While her work has primarily been focused within the youth and education realm, she, like most people in the nonprofit sector, has worn almost every hat imaginable, including co-founder for an organization in 2014. Amy has also had the honor of presenting at TEDx Vail in 2016, sharing what she believes is the key to helping youth reach their full potential. Stepping into the role of Executive Director for another start-up organization, Amy is passionate about service to others and is extremely excited to help support the amazing mission of Wander Project.

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