MAKING THAT YEAR END GIFT: Support Your Favorite Outdoor Non-Profit and Save Money on Your Tax Returns

Have you ever made a year end gift to your favorite non-profit? Clicked the 'Donate Now' button in their email or Instagram post?

Well today is the LAST day to make a gift that not only supports your favorite organization, but you may also be able to write off your contribution when you file your 2018 taxes! Now that’s something to get excited about!

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We love supporting our National Parks, and we can do so by making a gift to the National Park Foundation, or even something as simple as purchasing an Annual Pass.

We love supporting our National Parks, and we can do so by making a gift to the National Park Foundation, or even something as simple as purchasing an Annual Pass.

Yes 'tis the season for giving, and giving back. So if you’re wondering why your inbox is currently flooded with emails asking you to make your annual gift, here's some crazy stats for ya from Neon CRM that shows why non-profits are so busy every December:

  • 31% of annual giving occurs in December

  • 12% of all giving happens in the LAST 3 DAYS of the year

  • 28% of non-profits raise between 26-50% of their annual giving from their year end ask

Supporting organizations like the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) or the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) helps get more kids on bikes!

Supporting organizations like the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) or the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) helps get more kids on bikes!


So now that you know why everyone’s asking you to make a gift, we’ve pulled together our Top 10 list of organizations that can help you give the gift of freedom and adventure this holiday season!

Top 10 outdoor non-profit organizations to support this holiday season

  1. National Parks Foundation- Considering we are in the middle of a government shutdown, and most National Parks’ Visitor Services are either not being maintained, or some parks are closed completely, this one hits home. Not only can you support our National Parks, ensuring beautiful open spaces for generations to come, but you can enjoy these spaces yourself! The Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids Program will allow for over 200,000 kids to visit our National Parks for FREE. You can also support our nation’s park system by buying an Annual Pass (the ultra adventurous can trade volunteer hours for a Volunteer Pass). Bonus: This makes a great gift for the adventurer in your tribe. Just make sure you drop the proper hints you want to adventure with them!

  2. Skyflash Racing - From weekend warriors to the Rio Paralympics, Skyflash Racing is local non-profit enriching the lives of women through the sport of cycling. Their mission is to pave the way for women’s cycling in Southern California. With more than just paving the way for pedals, Skyflash Racing seeks to develop strong female leaders and empower its riders to influence the sport of cycling in positive ways. Learn more about the work we’ve done with Skyflash Racing and how as a SkyFlash Racing team member for over 5 years, we have seen first-hand how bicycles can change lives.

  3. Mike Nosco Foundation - After losing his younger brother Mike in a tragic car accident, Jack Nosco rode an 80-mile grueling loop around Ventura County to grieve. 10 years later, the Mike Nosco Memorial Ride is one of the largest organized rides in Southern California. In addition, funds raised support families and individuals who are confronting a life threatening illness. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can sign up for the Nosco ride on November 3rd (2019 will be our 3rd year!), you can volunteer, or you can make a gift that will make a difference for a local family.

  4. Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) - We all love our furry friends. But for adults, children and veterans with disabilities, the cost of owning a well-trained companion dog on top of medical bills can often be overwhelming. CCI provides highly-trained assistance dogs to those in need at no charge, enriching the lives of the recipient, and providing a partner that will join them on every adventure.

  5. Utah Avalanche Center -The Utah Avalanche Center educates the public about avalanche risks and provides essential up-to-date information through their website and an easy to use app that you can download for FREE on iTunes for iOS devices. As someone who uses the UAC app all winter long for backcountry travel, this is truly a life-saver. Read more about our backcountry adventures, and tips for how to stay safe!

  6. San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) - SDMBA has a simple mission, to improve trail access for mountain biking.  For those of us that love to ride the trails in San Diego, we have SDMBA to thank for their dedication to maintaining and improving sustainable trail access for mountain biking. Read more about the work we’ve done together with SDMBA.

  7. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)- NICA is a nationwide non-profit that promotes high school mountain biking programs in the United States. With over 18,000 student-athletes in 2018, NICA is helping to get more kids on bikes! We’re thrilled to be connected with NICA through our work with TASCO MTB.

  8. Outdoor Outreach - Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego based non-profit whose mission is to connect youth to the transformative power of the outdoors. Since 1999, Outdoor Outreach has introduced at-risk youth to mountain biking, surfing, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking and kayaking. The best way to support Outdoor Outreach is to make a gift or better yet, volunteer on one of their adventures. In addition to supporting Outdoor Outreach with content, our favorite activities to participate in are mountain biking and rock climbing with the kids!

  9. The Hazel Foundation for Athletics- Started in November 2018 by climber, coach and friend Jillian Yatsko, the Hazel Foundation for Athletics ensures that all children and adults including adaptive athletes, at risk youth, low-income families, veterans and other non-traditional athletic groups have access to sports and recreation. Their program includes multiple ways to get involved with sports, including the Adaptive Climbing Program, which we help coach each month at Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness! Learn more about the work we’ve done with Jillian, or join us at Mesa Rim to climb!

  10. American Alpine Club (AAC)- For those of us that enjoy feeling the granite between our finger tips, edging ever so slowly towards the sky, with just a rope and a few pieces of gear linking us to the Earth, then look no further than the American Alpine Club. From education to global rescue, gear discounts to grant funding, a membership with the American Alpine Club provides more than just a tax break or a cool sticker for your adventure van.

 

Canine Companions for Independence provide more than just a furry friend. They can help people get outside!

Canine Companions for Independence provide more than just a furry friend. They can help people get outside!

It makes us feel good to give the gift of adventure, while still getting that tax break. Got a favorite organization you support that could use help with fundraising or digital marketing? We’d love an introduction!

Not in a position to make a significant year end gift? Whether it’s $5, $500, or $5,000, every contribution helps. A latte at your favorite coffee shop or that hand-crafted beer your sipping on costs more than a $5 monthly contribution to your favorite outdoor organization. 

Looking for other ways to give? Consider volunteering, or showing your love on social media. Even something as simple as using their hashtag, like #goclimb or mentioning them in your next Instagram post will help create brand awareness.


To learn more about what we at Top Rope Media do on the regular, follow our adventures on InstagramFacebook or Twitter. Until next time, happy giving and happy adventuring! 

- Meredith McConvill