Alpinist Adventure Philanthropy Program

The Alpinist Film Festival recognizes that the places of our athletic and spiritual inspiration often need our help. Each year, the Alpinist Adventure Philanthropy Program chooses one non-profit organization as its designated charity. Proceeds from the Festival are donated to the charity in the Festival's name (nearly $30,000 to date), and the charity is showcased throughout the Festival to bring awareness to its cause.

2008: SurfAid International

SurfAid International was founded in 2000 by Dr. Dave Jenkins, who the year before had traveled to the islands off the western coast of Sumatra in search of perfect waves. When he found instead people suffering and dying from the ravages of malaria and other preventable diseases, Dr. Dave founded SurfAid, an organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs. SurfAid currently features seven programs in 234 village that help the more than 100,000 residents overcome deadly, yet very preventable, diseases.

The mission of SurfAid is to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. Over $8,500 has been raised for SurfAid International to date from the proceeds of the Alpinist Film Festival Master Festival in Jackson, Wyoming and Bend Event in Bend, Oregon. We look forward to raising more proceeds and awareness for this organization during our fall tour dates.

For more information about SurfAid, and to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the SurfAid International website.

2007: One Percent for the Tetons

One Percent for the Tetons funds and encourages efforts furthering the long-term sustainability of Jackson Hole's natural resources. A partner of the organization One Percent for the Planet, an alliance of businesses which donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide, One Percent for the Tetons gives businesses an opportunity to donate one percent of their gross revenues to a fund focused on supporting conservation and sustainability initiatives in and around the Tetons.

Through the 2006 Special Screening of the Alpinist Film Festival and the 2007 Alpinist Film Festival, over $7,500 was raised for One Percent for the Tetons. For more information on One Percent for the Tetons, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the One Percent for the Tetons website.

2006: The Central Asia Institute

The Central Asia Institute creates community-based educational and literacy programs in the mountainous regions of central Asia. The organization, which operates in northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, has created more than fifty-eight schools to date.

Over $7,000 was donated to the Central Asia Institute from the proceeds of the 2006 Barry Corbet Film Festival. For more information on the Central Asia Institute, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the Central Asia Institute website.

2005: The Khumbu Climbing School

The Khumbu Climbing School is a program of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation with the goal of providing training and instruction to Nepali climbers.

Over $5,000 in proceeds from the 2005 Barry Corbet Film Festival were donated to the Khumbu Climbing School. For more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the Khumbu Climbing School website.