Our outdoor spaces are not accessible and inclusive. In too many communities, access to nature remains a hallmark of white privilege. The outdoor industry largely caters to and reinforces a white-centered culture. For girls and and women of color, these forms of exclusion compound a pervasive gender imbalance that continues to make the outdoors a male-dominated space. If we want the outdoors to be more just and inclusive, we have a lot more work to do!
Between now and International Day of the Girl (Oct 11), we’re building on our track record of supporting organizations that specifically serve girls of Color with a dedicated campaign that will grow this part of our grantmaking program. 100% of revenue from this campaign will support organizations serving girls in at least six different communities around the country! Girls of Color face unique barriers to access and equal participation in these outdoor leadership programs. Changing this reality will, we believe, help to bring forward long-term transformation within the outdoor community.
The Cairn Project is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization with a growing team of Ambassadors and allies who are passionate about making outdoor adventure accessible to all young women, and particularly those from communities that have been historically excluded from outdoor spaces. Since 2016, we’ve channeled over $150K in grants to organizations reducing barriers to access and getting more girls outside. Our grants fund needs like scholarships, gear, and logistics, and help more young women participate in programs that weave environmental and experiential education with a leadership curriculum that builds self-esteem, compassion, and teamwork. These organizations provide safe spaces for young women to seek out mentorship, discover their authentic voices, and navigate the challenges of adolescence and early adulthood.
Thank you for joining this campaign with your support - and please help us get the word out! To learn more about our organization, grants program, and the impacts of our local partners, visit our website!
All donations to this fundraiser support The Cairn Project's grants to girls-only outdoor education programs around the country.
The Cairn Project uses the 501c3 status of its fiscal sponsor, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, to operate its charitable program. Your tax deductible donation receipt will reflect a donation to SEE.