KILIMANJARO FUNDRAISING CLIMBS
$14,298,793 RAISED SINCE 2001
Climbing Kilimanjaro for charity is a chance to push yourself to new heights, both physically and mentally, But it's not just about the personal accomplishment, it's about the impact you'll make on the lives of others. It's about the challenge that keeps on giving, both for yourself and for those in need. So lace up your boots, embrace the unknown, and climb for good.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
WHY A TUSKER CHARITY CLIMB?
It's not just about reaching the summit, but about helping those whose very lives depend on it. With every step upward, you not only better yourself, but you better the world. Since 2001, when we first set out to raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and succeeded in bringing in over $100,000, hundreds of climbers have joined us in our efforts, raising a staggering $14 million for 77 different foundations, both large and small. There's nothing quite like standing atop a mountain, wind in your face, and knowing that your efforts have made a real difference in the lives of those in need.
Here are some well-known charities that have climbed with Tusker:
- Make-a-Wish Foundation
- UPKILI for Breast Cancer
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
- Climb for Conservation
- Canadian Blood Services
- Kidney Foundation
- Canadian Lung Association
- Montreal Children’s Hospital
- Charles Bruneau Foundation
- Montfort Hospital
PLANNING CHARITY CLIMB
Planning a charity climb takes a lot of preparation, but it's well worth it. The more people you can get involved, the more money you'll be able to raise. That's why we recommend organizing a large group, with each member reaching out to their own community to raise funds. A few years ago, we took 37 people on a fundraising climb and they raised an incredible $850,000! It's all to do with commitment and outreach in your community.
Before you start, there are a few key questions that you'll want to answer. We're here to help you with that. With years of experience on Kilimanjaro and years of leading fundraising climbs, we can guide you through every step of the process.
- What foundation do you want to climb for?
- Who will the participants be?
- Where is it going to be held?
- Who is going to help you plan the event?
- What are the safety concerns?
- Where do you start?
SELECTING A CHARITY
You will have the greatest impact if you select a cause that you feel connected to in some way. It could be a foundation that researches a disease that has affected a friend or family member, or a cause that helps sick children. Ask yourself which charity causes are important to you, because the only way to make your climb a successful event is if your heart is in it.
When selecting a foundation or charity, it’s important to choose a reputable organization that allocates a high percentage of funds you have raised for the actual cause, rather than towards supporting the organization’s infrastructure. Here is a list of online non-profit monitoring sites that can help you research performance ratings and effectiveness of many foundations.
- www.GuideStar.org - This is an information service reporting on 2.5 million organizations.
- www.CharityNavigator.org - Evaluates U.S. charities and does not accept advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates.
- www.CharityWatch.org - Provides information about charities accountability.
- www.Give.org - Reports on charities' transparency.
SELECTING A CLIMB DATE
The choice of a date for the climb is vital. It determines the number of climbers you can attract and the time for fundraising before the climb. That is why we suggest planning the charity climb a year in advance. You must train your fundraising team and find sponsors and donors.
It is crucial to note: the funds raised must go directly to the charity and not be used for the cost of the climb. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are uncertain about the dates and route.
Once you've picked a charity to climb for, get in touch with Tusker Trail and set a date for the ascent. Time to start rustling up some sponsors, folks. Donations and gear, that's what you're after. More sponsors, more money.. There are two types: business and personal. Businesses like publicity, so approach them with that in mind.. Personal sponsors, that's where you approach friends, family, acquaintances for money.
START WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY & BUSINESSES
Okay, it's time to get the word out and gather up a team. You’ve got a climb to tackle, and you need all the support we can get. Now, when it comes to fundraising, there are plenty of options at your disposal. You could keep it simple and throw a little shindig, with a donation as the price of admission. Or, you could try reaching out to local businesses, see if they'd be willing to donate a product or service, and then sell raffle tickets for a chance to win. No matter what method you choose, just remember that all funds raised must go directly to the charity, and not to cover the expenses of the climb.
USE CROWDFUNDING WEBSITES
In the wilds of charity fundraising, there are a select few online companies that offer a platform for climbers to build a page for their cause and collect donations directly through their website. These companies, while providing a service, do come with a cost. It’s a small fee,, but in the grand scheme of things, the ease and efficiency they provide in the fundraising process can be worth it.
As with any journey into the unknown, it is important to thoroughly research and compare the fees of these companies before making a commitment. The higher the fee, the less you have for your charity, but sometimes you have to pay to play.
Here are a few of the more well-known crowdfunding sites:
SOME OF OUR CHARITY CLIMBS
CLIMB FOR VALOR
Eddie Frank, Tusker’s founding guideworked with the US Special Forces, training them at high altitude. In the process, he developed close ties with the elite community.
This prompted Eddie to create Tusker's own charity climb, the "Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor." Eddie brought wounded vets to the summit of Kilimanjaro to raise money in support of the families of fallen soldiers, through the Duskin and Stephens Foundation.
The mission of Make-A-Wish® - "Our goal is to ensure that all Make-A-Wish® experiences create lifelong memories for the wish child. We believe that each wish experience should be as unique and special as the child who wished for it."
The MAKE-A-WISH-FOUNDATION ran their first charity climb with Tusker Trail back in 2001. The group raised $100,000 on the climb. The foundation has run a total of 8 charity climbs with Tusker, raising over a million dollars for the cause.
CODE’s mission is to enable student learning by increasing their access to qualified educators and locally relevant, high quality learning materials.
CODE has climbed Kilimanjaro with Tusker multiple times to date, w raising over $3 million dollars. 94% of donations raised are directed to promote children’s literacy.
Since 1945, CARE has worked around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. In the poorest communities across 90 countries, CARE centers on women and girls, because they know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.
They have summitted Kilimanjaro 10 times with Tusker, raising almost a million dollars.
CLIMB FOR CONSERVATION
The mission of the CLIMB FOR CONSERVATION is to climb mountains around the world, raising money and awareness for wildlife and endangered species.
Since their first climb in 2012, the org has donated $92,530 to protect critically endangered, vulnerable, and threatened species such as the African Black Rhino, African Elephant, Jaguar, the Andean Bear, and the Bumble Bee.
UPKILI FOR BREAST CANCER
Tusker owner/guide, Amy Frank created the UPKILI CLIMB FOR BREAST CANCER, to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It is now a part of the CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, a national, community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Amy Frank’s own UPKILI climbs have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause, and she has led many cancer survivors to the summit.
CHARLES BRUNEAU FOUNDATION
CHARLES BRUNEAU FOUNDATION - has a mission to cure the 20% of children whose cancer is resistant to treatment, and offer children in remission a true cure, free of side-effects and complications. The foundation finances leading-edge research in pediatric hematology and oncology.
This life changing foundation has climbed Kilimanjaro 3 times with Tusker Trail and has raised $2,188,000 on the climbs.
CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
CIBC WOOD GUNDY is a Canadian investment firm. Over the years they have dedicated time and effort fundraising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, now a part of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Their first Tusker Trail climb was in 2005, the Wood Gundy group has climbed Kilimanjaro 3 times with Tusker and has raised a total of $1,060,000 for breast cancer research.
ANY ROUTE CAN BE A CHARITY ROUTE
The big charity route question we always get asked is "which route is best?" The simple answer is that any one of our routes can be a charity climb. Which one you chose is entirely up to you, and since all charity climbs are "Private Climbs" you pick the date and you pick the route. The only limits you have is the availability of your climbers. Click to compare our routes.
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