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Financial Information

Year in Review

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Currently, less than 3% of charitable giving in the U.S. supports the environment and active transportation, and at Climate Ride, we are endeavoring to change that with these life-changing events and powerful grants. This is an important moment in the sustainability movement and the issues we face become more urgent each day. These funds impact diverse organizations working to solve immense challenges. Congratulations to Climate Ride participants. Since 2008 we've donated nearly $4 Million to the cause. Thank you for your mighty efforts!



$875,011.00 Granted to 120+ Beneficiaries in 2015 – 20 Percent Increase Over 2014 Grants

Thanks to the generosity and passion of our participants, supporters and donors, we are awarding a record $875,011.00 in grants in 2015. This year, Climate Ride grew from three to seven events across the nation. 435 people biked and hiked an astounding 121,000 miles to support climate, conservation, and active transportation.



$725,000.00 Granted to 100+ Beneficiaries in 2014

It's official! A tremendous thanks to the Climate Riders, donors and supporters for a record-breaking year at Climate Ride. Our grant program increased 42% over 2013. Support for active transportation and sustainability is strong. In 2014, our programs included three national rides, a charitable hiking challenge in Glacier National Park and our Independent Challenge option. Our 390 participants helped create this astounding impact. 

As support for climate and sustainability increases across all sectors of the non-profit community, we've increased grants to public health, research and conservation. Participants selecting active transportation continues to grow. 

Below you'll see where our participants came from in 2014. By adding a new ride in the Midwest in 2014, we saw our overall participation soar from 4% to 26% in that region between 2013 and 2014. With the development of one new ride with 110 participants, more than $125,000 dollars in grant funds directly impacted local non-profits working in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Indiana and the Chicago area. This does not include 2014 grants to national organizations on our beneficiary list that also do work in these communities.

In 2015, Climate Ride plans to introduce a new ride in the Northeast that will provide inspiration and funding for that region. We would like to thank the many people who made contributions small and large to the Climate Ride Annual Fund which helped deliver the Midwest Ride in 2014. You can help support the new Climate Ride Northeast by making a tax-deductible donation to the Climate Ride Annual Fund here. Help us grow our impact!

How It Works

Climate Ride, founded in 2008, inspires and empowers citizens to work toward a sustainable future. Climate Ride is a different form of philanthropy. We use sport as a means to change lives and build an effective, citizen-based sustainability movement.

Climate Ride plans and leads epic, multi-day bike rides and hikes while supporting participants to raise funds for projects and organizations that work on climate change, clean energy, active transportation, sustainable infrastructure, and public health. A highlight of the Climate Ride model is that it allows participants to use endurance rides and hikes as a fundraising opportunity for their favorite non-profit.

In seven years, Climate Ride has grown from a one-ride, 113-participant event to a multiple-event grantmaking program attracting more than 2,000 participants. We have granted nearly $4 million dollars to over 125 organizations working across the U.S. and globally. In 2014, we delivered 110 grants, totaling more than $725,000 and ranging from $187 to $44,909. In 2015, we delivered more than $875,000 in grants.

How does Climate Ride work?

Climate Ride uses multi-day bicycling and hiking adventures to raise awareness and to benefit participants’ favorite green causes. Our en-route programming focuses on environmental education, civic engagement, community-building, and active transportation advocacy. Taken together, Climate Ride builds citizen momentum toward a sustainable future.

When a participant signs up for a Climate Ride event, he or she makes an important commitment to meet the fundraising minimum. By self-pledging and fundraising, participants contribute to the grants program, cover the cost of their participation, and support Climate Ride’s future growth, development, and programs. On average:

  • 50-55% of participant funds go directly to the designated benefiting organizations in the form of an unrestricted grant. Benefiting organizations are beneficiaries of all events so their grant is the collective result of all the participant fundraising throughout the year. Grants are issued one time per year, at the end of December.
  • 15-20% of participant funds go to support Climate Ride programs
  • The cost to produce the rides and hikes is 30%

Our fundraising model incentivizes participants to raise more money as the organizations they choose benefit proportionally. We calculate each grant based on each participant’s individual fundraising. This means that if a participant self-pledges and raises more than the minimum, then an even higher percentage of their fundraising goes directly to the organizations they select. Most participants select between two and five organizations to support.

At the beginning of each year, we identify 100+ organizations to benefit from our annual grant-making program. Participants may either designate one of these organizations as their beneficiary or identify a new nonprofit organization that qualifies for beneficiary status. And, we encourage benefiting organizations to launch their own teams for participation. We provide beneficiaries with the resources and guidance to establish teams and maximize their end-of-year grants.

Does it cost my favorite beneficiary anything to participate?

Absolutely not! That is why we created Climate Ride. Many of the best and brightest non-profits in the sustainability space are small, local groups that cannot put on rides or hikes for their own benefit. With Climate Ride they can focus on their mission while we focus on producing life-changing events that raise critical funds and engage more advocates to support the sustainability movement.

We are delighted to provide the Climate Ride program that inspires thousands of participants and benefits the organizations that participants choose. If you have any questions about our programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Annual Reports

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