Kahtoola is excited to announce the winners of its 23/24 Winter grant allocations, each a representation of commitment and innovation in their respective fields. This season’s recipients include Elevate Nepal, Kismet Rock Foundation, Nyingtob Ling, HERO, Tolani Lake Enterprises, Montana Wilderness School, Shishmaref Native Corporation, and True Messages.
Now in its 24th year, the Kahtoola Philanthropy Program continues its tradition of donating at least 1% of annual sales to organizations dedicated to preserving indigenous cultures, promoting environmental responsibility, and supporting the outdoor community.
Selected recipients include:
Elevate Nepal continues to make strides in rural development and disaster response, focusing on education, employment, public health, and infrastructure projects in Nepal’s most remote areas. Their approach emphasizes sustainability, local engagement, and measurable outcomes, ensuring lasting impact in the communities they serve.
Kismet Rock Foundation nurtures the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of children from diverse backgrounds in New England. Through scholarships for comprehensive education in technical rock climbing, they offer transformative experiences that shape the potential and direction of young lives.
Nyingtob Ling, based in Dharamsala, India, works tirelessly to preserve traditional Tibetan cultural values and empower individuals with disabilities, providing them with the skills and opportunities necessary for a dignified and independent life.
Montana Wilderness School inspires young people through wilderness experiences that cultivate personal growth, community responsibility, and a strong connection to nature and conservation.
True Messages dedicates itself to amplifying the voices of the indigenous Raramuri (Tarahumara) peoples of the Sierra Tarahumara in Mexico, supporting their efforts to preserve traditional knowledge, culture, language, and sustainable practices.
“Kahtoola was founded in 1999 with the belief that giving must be embedded – not secondary – to our business,” said Danny Giovale, owner and founder of Kahtoola. “As we’ve grown in recent years, we’re energized by our ability to support even more organizations that are doing vital work to create opportunities and enrich lives of people around the world.”
Alongside its philanthropic grants, Kahtoola is deeply committed to conservation and environmental stewardship. As members of the Conservation Alliance and the European Outdoor Conservation Association, their efforts extend globally, while maintaining a focus on conservation projects close to home. Additionally, as part of the 1% for the Planet network, Kahtoola actively contributes to environmental nonprofits tackling the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.
Nonprofits interested in applying for a Kahtoola Philanthropy Program grant can learn more at Kahtoola.com/philanthropy.
Established in 1999, Kahtoola crafts exceptional outdoor gear with a commitment to philanthropy, conservation, and sustainability. Kahtoola’s gaiters, hiking crampons, and flexible footwear traction systems, including MICROspikes®, EXOspikes™ and NANOspikes®, are built to improve safety and performance. Every product is thoughtfully designed and vigorously tested at the brand’s Flagstaff, AZ headquarters high on the Colorado Plateau. Owned and operated by founder Danny Giovale, Kahtoola proudly grants 1% of annual sales through the Kahtoola Philanthropy Program to organizations that support indigenous cultures, outdoor community and environmental responsibility. For more information, please visit Kahtoola.com.