Since 2010, we’ve been creating access and driving equity in the outdoors by funding hundreds of organisations
around two main themes: Enabling Exploration and Loving Wild Places.

Introducing
the Explore
Fund Council

Launching in 2021, the first Explore Fund Council will be led by Lena Waithe, an Emmy-winning actor, writer, director, and producer who has worked tirelessly to champion new voices within the entertainment industry, and Jimmy Chin, team athlete and Academy Award-winning director. They will be joined by other leaders across culture, entertainment, academia and the outdoors to create scalable solutions to increase access to exploration.

The Explore Fund Council will focus on accelerating culturally relevant exploration opportunities and connecting diverse communities to the benefits of exploration. Their recommendations will guide $7 million in initial funding, globally, to continue building equity in the outdoors and create opportunities for all.

Lena Waithe, Emmy-Winning Actor, Writer, Director & Producer

The communities making
exploration possible

In May, The North Face pledged €1 million to support organisations impacted by COVID-19.
Here are the first of those stories.

WILD IN THE CITY | UK

WILD IN THE CITY
| UK

Supporting and enhancing the wellbeing of urban-dwelling people of colour through developing relationships with nature.

“Being part of a community of people of colour, who gather in nature to learn, explore and have fun, helps people to feel a sense of belonging, that they’re not out of place.”

Beth Collier
Charity Co-Director



URBAN UPRISING | UNITED KINGDOM

URBAN UPRISING
| UNITED KINGDOM

Enabling disadvantaged young people to achieve their goals and improve their wellbeing through climbing

“We use rock climbing as a tool to develop life skills – things like building confidence, building resilience and, more obviously, physical health which is tied to mental health. One of the most debilitating things in life is this fear of failure; it’s a barrier to so many things. Climbing is all about failure. Here you’re failing more than you’re succeeding so it teaches you how to deal with that failure, which is an important part of long-term resilience.”

Ben Campbell
Programme Manager at Urban Uprising

SUNDERLAND WALL | UNITED KINGDOM

SUNDERLAND WALL
| UNITED KINGDOM

Supporting healthy, active lifestyles through a range of climbing styles and educational programmes to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

“We believe exercise, active and healthy lifestyles are massively important, improving quality of life and mental wellbeing. With climbing specifically, you learn new things about yourself and improve in ways you didn’t realise you could, all while socialising, meeting new people and sharing new experiences. We’ve created new friendship groups, helped people overcome their biggest fears and we’ve brought people through the dark times in their life, too.”

Ashleigh Loughlin
Senior instructor at Sunderland Wall

THE OUTWARD BOUND TRUST| GERMANY

THE OUTWARD BOUND TRUST
| GERMANY

Running experiential outdoor education programmes on personal development and team building with teenagers and young adults.

“Outward Bound changes lives. It pushes you to the limits and after you've done an Outward Bound course then you know what you're capable of. You become aware of the power within you and where your limits lie. And that's why life after Outward Bound is never the same as it was before Outward Bound.”

Tine Edlhuber
Head of Customer Relationship Management

RIFUGI DI LOMBARDIA | ITALY

RIFUGI DI LOMBARDIA
ITALY

Sharing information, supporting and promoting mountain huts
and activities in Italy’s Lombardy region

ICH WILL DA RAUF | GERMANY

ICH WILL DA RAUF
GERMANY

Creating inclusive environments for people with and without disabilities
where everyone can enjoy climbing, together

RIFUGI DI LOMBARDIA | ITALY

RIFUGI DI LOMBARDIA
ITALY

Sharing information, supporting and promoting mountain huts
and activities in Italy’s Lombardy region

ICH WILL DA RAUF | GERMANY

ICH WILL DA RAUF
GERMANY

Creating inclusive environments for people with and without disabilities
where everyone can enjoy climbing, together

ENABLING EXPLORATION

Exploration is within everyone, but some face more barriers than others. By removing obstacles and empowering people, we change the way we think about the outdoors, ourselves and our place on the planet. We open ourselves to the wide range of cultures and experiences that connect us.

LOVING WILD PLACES

For over 50 years, we’ve worked to protect wild places and create connections to outdoor playgrounds, both on mountaintops and in city parks. There is incredible value in the physical and mental benefits of exploring the outdoors, and we want that opportunity to be available for everyone, now and into the future.