Donation Policies

We get many requests for donations that we cannot process with our small staff, especially as a seasonal business.  Rather than struggle to constantly process a large number of requests, we find it more effective to support the work that we value as a business and as members of the North Shore Community. 

 

These priorities also reflect the activities and infrastructure that have supported us and allowed us and our families to be healthy and active throughout our lives. With that in mind, we support organizations that work toward these goals in northern Minnesota.

We focus on longer-term partnerships rather than one-time or annual contributions.  For that reason, we don’t typically support fundraisers, auctions, or giveaways since the number of requests is too great for our small staff.  

 

The key theme is: 

Healthy, non-motorized outdoor activities for people of all ages.

 

With that goal, we support: 

  • Organizations that make active outdoor activities more accessible and user-friendly.  We support those that address broader systems and trails versus small group programs.

  • Clean Air and Water. 

  • Reducing plastics in the environment. 

  • Literacy, public libraries, and reading incentive programs.  Because reading and learning lead to environmental stewardship and open minds.   

  • Safe Routes to School, school patrol, and youth bike clubs. 

We support organizations through events, collaboration, memberships, and in-kind promotions. We are looking for opportunities to develop mutually beneficial partnerships that support and promote each other’s organizations and missions.

 

Examples of organizations we support include:

  • Public Libraries from Duluth to Grand Marais. 

  • Trail Associations: Gitchi Gami; COGGS, Superior Cycling Association, Superior Hiking Trail 

  • Environmental Advocates:  Friends of the Boundary Waters and Saint Louis River Alliance.

  • Active living for families:  School Patrols and Safe Routes to School.  

 

If your organization is interested in partnering with us to enhance these missions, please tell us how your group fits into our giving priorities by using this form

 

Once we receive your submission, we will review it and contact you if it is a match.