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Alpkit Foundation needs you

By David Hanney
05, Aug, 2015

We are looking for one of our customers to be a trustee of our newly formed charity the Alpkit Foundation

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Do you want to help people make it easy for people to get outdoors? We have set up a charity – the Alpkit Foundation – and we want a customer trustee to join us.

There will be seven trustees in total and we expect to meet regularly either at Alpkit offices or nearby.  The work is simple – to assess each application against our criteria and allocate support.  The other trustees include an independent trustee and a customer trustee.

The appointment is for a fixed one year term and is unpaid.

If you’re interested in putting yourself forward then please send an email explaining why you would like to be a trustee and any relevant experience to akf@alpkit.com.  We are open to everyone and the kind of experience we're looking for is someone with an interest in the outdoors and can make a monthly meeting close to Alpkit HQ.

The current trustees will consider each application at a meeting chaired by the independent trustee.

More about the Alpkit Foundation

We want to make it easy for people to get outdoors.  So we’re donating 1% of our sales or 10% of our profit to directly support real people doing real things.

We have all experienced the benefits of being outside but schools cant take kids on fields trips or to climbing walls because of the cost of hiring a coach; scout groups need equipment; expeditions suffer with lack of first-aiders; conservation projects are threatened by lack of funds.

So we’ve gone direct and set up an independent charity to get support from us to those that need it with the minimum of fuss.

It's easy to apply for a grant.  Go to the Alpkit Foundation website and fill in the application form.  The questions are quite detailed so that we have enough information to assess each application.  The trustees meet and assess each application.  The criteria is simple: if a project meets the aims and we have the money then the project will get the support.

The kinds of projects we’ll support are:

  • £50 to £500 cash to individuals, schools and organisations to go on trips that otherwise wouldn’t be viable; e.g. giving a cash grant to a school to fund transport costs
  • Providing discounted equipment to individuals, schools and organisations at discounts that wouldn’t be commercially viable without support from the Alpkit Foundation
  • Supporting education programs; e.g. grants for expedition First Aiders or Mountain Leader Training that wouldn’t be possible without Alpkit Foundation support
  • Supporting conservation projects; e.g. grants to help rewild woodland

The charity is the real deal.  It is registered with the Charities Commission (Number 1162585) and is completely independent to Alpkit.  We’ll have 7 trustees who meet regularly including an independent trustee, a staff trustee and a customer trustee.

The closing date for applications is 6 September 2015

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