Avout Gives Back
Inspired by the mission to keep Earth in business, Avout participates in 1% for the Planet, a global movement of companies that gives 1% of sales to support worldwide non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. With our 1%, we donate to the Colorado Mountain Club, a group that spreads its passion by advocating mountain enjoyment and study, and the Colorado Chapter of Bicycles for Humanity, an organization that donates bicycles to empower disadvantaged people in developing countries with transportation. By doing business with Avout, you and your company are supporting the health of our planet. We encourage you do to the same. If you are in a position of influence in your organization, we urge you to join the growing ranks of 1% for the Planet. Read about the difference Avout’s contributions are making >>
Avout’s donations to Colorado Mountain Club were instrumental in founding Alpine Start, a program that focuses on bringing 18- to 25-year-olds together for fun and challenging activities that develop their outdoor and leadership skills. CMC worked with Avout’s Chief Giving Officer, Jake Wiebe, to help shape the program. “I thought it was important that the participants take the initiative and do most of the leading, as opposed to having adults direct the program. That kind of investment results in a higher level of engagement, accountability, and learning,” said Jake. This year, Avout’s donations also began funding the Youth Education Program, focused on elementary and middle-school aged children.
Keystone Science School teaches scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers, and community members through engaging, hands-on field experiences. Avout’s donation funded the Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, which brings third through sixth graders together for a day of science, games, and an opportunity to learn from women currently in STEM fields. Avout’s money also funded two female K-12 teachers to attend our Key Issues Institute Workshop, which provides the skills, knowledge, and tools to lead students in hands-on, STEM-based projects that get kids outside and involved in real environmental and science issues in their communities.
Also in our 1% for the Planet Giving Portfolio is Outdoor Lab Foundation, which gives Jefferson County 6th graders and high school students the opportunity to explore and experience subjects such as earth science, wildlife biology, astronomy, and forestry in a unique mountain setting. They are applying Avout’s donations to fund paid internships for college students who would like to pursue teaching positions in these areas. Outdoor Lab Foundation shared on Facebook: “Thank you so much Avout! Because of you, more than 60 interns will have what they need to change thousands of lives this school year!” @OutdoorLabFound, we are happy to help!