Imagine. You’re climbing Kilimanjaro, and at the same time you're raising money for your favorite charity.
Since our first fundraising climb for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in 2001, Tusker has run many fundraising climbs for many different charities. Hundreds of climbers have raised $13,093,491 for 77 small and large foundations.
Some of the larger charities include:
- UPKILI for Breast Cancer
- Make-a-Wish Foundation
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
- Climb for Conservation
- Canadian Blood Services
- Kidney Foundation
- Canadian Lung Association
- Montreal Children’s Hospital
- Charles Bruneau Foundation
- Montfort Hospital
It’s really easy to organize a Kilimanjaro climb for charity. First, contact your charity of choice, and let them know what you’re planning to do. Many charities will give you helpful tips on how to fundraise.
Then contact our office. We’ll work with you to figure out the ideal climb for you and your group, and we’ll set a date. It’s best to plan at least 1 year out. This allows for your group members to organize and fundraise.
Remember, the larger your group, the more amount of money you’ll be able to raise for the cause, so try and organize a large group.
A few years ago we took 37 people on a fundraising climb, and they raised $850,000!
Start to spread the word, and get people to join up. There are many techniques for fundraising, some as simple as throwing a party, and “charging” your friends a donation to attend. Remember that the money you raise must go directly to the charity, and cannot be used to cover the cost of your climb.
There are a few really good online crowdfunding companies that allow you to build a page for your fundraising climb on their site, and allow people to donate to your cause directly through the website.
These companies usually charge a small fee for the service. They make it efficient, and easy to get others to donate to the cause. The company ensures that the money gets distributed properly. Here are a few suggestions for sites. We suggest you compare their fees. Obviously, the more they charge, the less you have for your charity:
SOME CROWDFUNDING SITES
Contact us now, and let’s set up your Kilimanjaro Fundraiser, so you can climb for good!
Tusker Trail's Own Charity Climb
Tusker owner, Eddie Frank has worked with the US Special Forces, training them in high altitude climbing strategies. He has developed close ties with the community.
He created the KILIMANJARO CLIMB FOR VALOR to bring wounded soldiers up Kilimanjaro, and to raise money to support the families of fallen American Soldiers. All funds go to the Duskin and Stephens Foundation.
CODE Supports Literacy and Learning in Canada and around the world.
CODE has climbed Kilimanjaro 3 times since 2006 with Tusker Trail, and has raised $1,573,712 on their Kilimanjaro climbs for the foundation.
The National Advertising Benevolent Society - NABS - is a dynamic support system for all Canadian professionals in the marketing and communications industry facing personal, career and family challenges due to illness, injury,unemployment or financial difficulties.
NABS has climbed Kilimanjaro twice with Tusker and has raised $225,000 for their cause.
The mission of Make-A-Wish® is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
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.
CARE CANADA first climbed with Tusker in 2005. Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE works with the poorest communities in 90 countries.
They have climbed Kilimanjaro a total of 10 times with Tusker, raising almost a million dollars.
Tusker Trail's Own Charity Climb
Tusker owner, Amy Frank created the UPKILI CLIMB FOR BREAST CANCER, to benefit the CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION, dedicated to funding relevant and innovative research and supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community.
The Kilimanjaro climb attracts folks willing to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for the foundation on Amy's UPKILI climbs.
The CHARLES BRUNEAU FOUNDATION finances research on pediatric cancer and supports projects that improve the lives of thousands of children with cancer in Quebec.
The foundation has climbed Kilimanjaro 3 times with Tusker Trail and has raised $2,188,000 on the climbs.
AU DIAPASON was a unique fundraising climb. A group of citizens from the small town of Bromont, Quebec (pop. 7,649) wanted to build a hospice to offer free palliative care and support to terminally ill patients.
37 climbers raised $875,000 and which financed the building of the facility.
CIBC WOOD GUNDY is A Canadian Investment Firm, and does a lot for the CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION.
Their first Tusker Trail climb in 2005 had a very important climber; Amy Micks. Eddie Frank married Amy, who has been a key player in Tusker's success. The Wood Gundy group has climbed Kilimanjaro 3 times with Tusker and has raised a total of $1,060,000 for the CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION.