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Equity & Outreach Fund Breaking Down Barriers + Increasing Participation

 

All About ASCEND's

Equity & Outreach Fund

ASCEND recognizes that, as a for-profit climbing gym, we benefit from more people climbing. We also recognize that it is our prerogative to support resources for our customers and member base, at our expense, not yours. However, as we strive to expand access to, awareness of, and a sense of ownership over outdoor spaces for youth and BIPOC (who haven’t had equitable access to those spaces), we cannot pay for everything all at once that we believe needs to change. 

Throughout our time in business, community members have contributed money, gear, or inquired about donating, and we want to transparently and responsibly put those resources to good use. So, we’ve set up this fund with the sole focus of improving equity in this space.

We intend to spend this fund towards:

  • Improved financial accessibility to climbing/outdoor spaces

    • Supported admission options

    • Supported pricing for programs for youth to attend camp or team, outdoor climbing trips, and more!

    • Support to rent or buy climbing shoes or gear

    • Transportation for certain special events and groups

  • Events and programming around JEDI topics

    • These events will only include equity initiatives, which include looking at issues of access, affordability, race, gender.

      • Ex. Paying for guests during our Affinity Sessions, or if we held a panel to discuss gender in competitions, paying someone to be the moderator.

This program will NOT pay for, which instead fall squarely on ASCEND’s shoulders: 

  • Staff trainings or any internal DEI initiatives

  • Wages for anyone on staff

  • ASCEND Clubs

***As we continue to develop these parameters, we promise to exercise extreme discretion.***

ASCEND will also strive to make regular contributions to the fund.

ASCEND promises to make a good-faith effort to make meaningful contributions. Additionally, ASCEND promises to subsidize the E+O fund when it's underfunded, which since its inception has been the case. In practice, this just means that we aim to not place limits on the number of people utilizing Supported Admission and Programs options.

Next steps for our team:

  1. [ON TRACK] Increase online automation for usage to reduce friction.

  2. [WORK IN PROGRESS] Regularly present fund snapshots to illustrate sources, disbursements, impacts, and future goals.

  3. [WORK IN PROGRESS] Expand services to better include subsidized gear purchases for more people in need.

  4. [WORK IN PROGRESS] Put the E+O Fund toward more services outside of Supported Admission.

  5. [ALWAYS AND FOREVER] Increase fundraising efforts and expand the program, so we can accomplish more!

We believe that this program is still in its infancy and that we have a long way to go. Your trust and support of this initiative is not taken for granted and we take this responsibility seriously.

About ASCEND's

Supported Admission + Program Options

At ASCEND, we value our community above all else. We believe that a diverse community, representing people from all backgrounds, only strengthens us — so we want to make sure that we’re doing our part to make climbing accessible and approachable for as many people as possible. There are multiple barriers to climbing, outdoor recreation, and outdoor spaces in general. Just one of those barriers is the cost. Paying for access can be a burden to some, and can prevent people from participating in an activity that we all love, that we want to share, and that we think brings comfort and challenge to everyone who participates.

Supported admission draws from ASCEND's Equity + Outreach Fund. While we do not seek proof of financial status, we kindly ask that supported service recipients identify with having little or no expendable income, qualify for government assistance, are an elder with limited financial support, are a returning citizen denied work due to incarceration, have medical expenses not covered by insurance, or are experiencing any other unique or systemic financial hardship or inequity.

Membership

We offer a Supported Monthly Renewing Membership, which is 50% off our community pricing. To learn more about membership at ASCEND, GO HERE.

If this option is for you based on the description above, GO HERE to start your membership now!

Rental Gear

We also offer a Supported Monthly Renewing Gear Rental package, which includes unlimited rental use of shoes, harnesses, belay devices, and chalk. It is 50% off our community pricing and must accompany a Supported Membership.

If this option is for you based on the description above, GO HERE to add-on you gear rental package now!

Complimentary Day Passes

Not sure if you're ready for a membership? To test the waters, we offer a Supported Complimentary Day Pass, which is absolutely FREE and includes rental equipment. Each customer is restricted to using this code twice.

If this option is for you based on the description above, use promo code DAYSUPPORT100 at the end of checkout HERE when purchasing an Adult Day Pass!

Programs

To help provide access to our wonderful programs, we offer a Supported Program Promo Code, which can be be applied to a vast majority of our programs - from Boulder Basics, Climbing 101, Outdoor Trips, Summer Camp, AND SO MANY MORE - to receive 50% off our community pricing. If the code doesn't work, please email [email protected] and we'll get back to you ASAP.

If this option is for you based on the description above, use promo code SUPPORT50 during checkout when booking an upcoming program!

Scholarships

Still having trouble meeting these prices? Please complete the form below to seek a Scholarship. There are a limited number of scholarships available, but we aim to provide them to as many people as possible who seek one out.

Want To

Contribute To The Fund?

THREE WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE

1. TO ADD A MONTHLY DONATION TO YOUR RECURRING MEMBERSHIPSUBMIT YOUR REQUEST HERE and indicate how much per month you'd like to add to your membership billing. Those who currently contribute range $1-$15 per month!

2. TO MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION, please visit or call one of our front desks. Online donations will be accepted soon!

3. ROUND UP FOR EQUITY anytime you buy anything at the front desk, by rounding up your purchase to the nearest dollar. Simply let us know when you make a purchase!