Giving to The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in April 2011. Your donations are now deductible to the fullest extent of the law; our Tax ID is 27-3009280. A 501(c)(3) designation ensures that 100 percent of your gift to The Mountaineers goes to support The Mountaineers’ highest priorities.

Prior to April 2011, portions of The Mountaineers’ philanthropic endeavors had been overseen by The Mountaineers Foundation. While the Foundation has long supported The Mountaineers, two-thirds of donations to the Foundation’s General Fund support grant programs outside of The Mountaineers.

Now, donations must be made directly to The Mountaineers to ensure that 100 percent of your gift supports our mission to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest.


General Fund

The Mountaineers is the foremost outdoor recreation organization of the Pacific Northwest, dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to explore the outdoors and conserve and steward public lands and waters.

Private, unrestricted funding from individual donors, corporations and foundations enable The Mountaineers to:

  • Forge new programs and courses that teach responsible outdoor recreation skills and cultivate stewards of our public lands
  • Broaden our reach by developing education programs that introduce youth and families to the outdoors
  • Provide scholarship support that enables underserved youth to participate in outdoor education and recreation programs
  • Enhance support for volunteer educators. We currently have over 800 active volunteers supported by 14 program center staff positions. Your support is vital to ensuring our volunteers can continue teaching outdoor education, conservation, avalanche safety, wilderness first aid and youth programs
  • Realize the instructional and recreational vision of our outdoor centers as places to interact and connect with nature

Peak Society

Join a distinguished group of individuals who support The Mountaineers mission and share our vision for educating and engaging the next generation of recreationists and conservationists by making an annual, unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more to support The Mountaineers’ key priorities. Peak Society members provide critical, aggregate funding to sustain programs vital to The Mountaineers mission.

Peak Society membership also provides members the opportunity to expand their knowledge of key issues through periodic, complementary, Peak Society-hosted social and unique occasions to engage with influential leaders and fellow members. See more.

Memorial Gifts
When you honor the memory of a loved one and make a memorial gift to The Mountaineers, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will help to provide a lasting legacy for outdoor education and stewardship of public lands now and for future generations. To announce your gift, please make a note in the comments box on the next page and include a personal message and address.

Donating by Check and other Methods
If you prefer, you may print, complete and mail our Gift Form (PDF) with your check or credit card information. If paying by check, make it payable to The Mountaineers and note the fund to which you are donating on the memo line. You can also call 206-521-6006 and make your gift over the phone. After we process your transaction, you will receive a gift acknowledgement thanking you for your gift.

Other Giving Options. We request that when possible donations be made to our general fund to support unrestricted giving, which allows us to direct funds to our highest needs and have the flexibility to efficiently deploy resources when priorities change. To explore our other giving opportunities click here.