Founders Circle

Founded by Brad Ludden in 2001, First Descents launched with the vision to provide life-changing adventure experiences for young adults with cancer. Now in its 14th season, First Descents directly impacts nearly 1,000 young adults annually and is a leader in the young adult oncology movement. In an effort to honor Brad’s legacy and recognize the many generous supports who have helped First Descents succeed, FD is launching a closed donor society.

Donations to the Founders Circle will be earmarked for general operating support and typically used within the year they are received. The minimum required donation to be a part of the Founder’s Circle is $25,000, payable over three (3) years. Once the Founder’s Circle reaches pledges totaling $1 million, the society will be closed. Members of the Founder’s Circle will receive permanent recognition at the FD World Headquarters in Denver and on the website. Additionally, Founder’s Circle members will receive two tickets to FD’s signature events in perpetuity. Lastly, Founder’s Circle members will be invited to attend and participate in a week-long FD camp each year during their investment period, Tributaries activities in their local area, and a biennial retreat with FD’s founder, Brad Ludden.