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Foundation Partners

First Descents foundation partners generously support the mission of FD and play a central role in helping us reach more young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

Always Keep Pedaling Foundation


Anahata Foundation

The Anahata Foundation provides support, resources and tools for youth to facilitate participation in programs conducive to their future success. Whether their interests lie in educational learning, creative outlets or athletic programs, they are dedicated in turning these dreams into reality.


The Anschutz Foundation

Founded in 1984, The Anschutz Foundation was created by Philip F. Anschutz as a private charitable foundation. Over three decades, the foundation has given substantially to hundreds of nonprofit organizations primarily concentrated in Colorado to improve quality of life for individuals and communities.


The Aptman Family


BasePoint Foundation

The BasePoint Foundation partners with First Descents to underwrite adventure programs for young adult cancer survivors living in Westchester, NY as well as the broader NYC area. Providing positive experiences to young people coping with serious illnesses is central to BPF’s charitable priorities. Equally inspiring, BasePoint Foundation staff volunteer at FD programs and support regional events.


The Beacon Fund

The Beacon Fund is focused on positive social change with a mission to unleash individual potential by removing systemic barriers to success. Based in Denver, the Beacon Fund supports under-served individuals and their communities in achieving their full potential, through three primary initiatives: Career and post-secondary success, Immigrant advocacy and integration, and Youth nutrition and activity.


Cancer Treatment Centers of America


The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

The Fowler Family Foundation is dedicated to improving people’s lives through education, healthcare, and the arts. Since 2001, the Foundation and its trustees have championed research, treatment and age-appropriate services for the continuum of care for AYA patients. 


Clif Bar Family Foundation

Clif Bar Family Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen our food system and our communities, enhance public health, and safeguard our environment and natural resources.


Connecticut Challenge


DeLaski Family Foundation


Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation

The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children’s hospitals and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $25 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.


Epperson Family Foundation

The Epperson Family Foundation was established in 2006 by Stan and Melinda Epperson. Together with their daughter and her family, their foundation seeks to make a lasting, positive impact in the community through supporting innovative and effective nonprofit organizations.


George Karl Foundation

The George Karl Foundation was created to support causes and organizations important to Coach Karl and his family. The Foundation has helped champion many causes within oncology including the Boulder Community Hospital inpatient cancer wing, MyLifeLine.org, the Cancer Care Initiative, and First Descents.


Gray Foundation

The Gray Foundation is focused on BRCA-Related Cancers. They accelerate research, improve treatment and raise awareness for individuals who have inherited BRCA mutations. Additionally, they are also committed to maximizing access to education, healthcare and opportunity for low-income youth in New York City.


I’m Not Done Yet Foundation

The I’m Not Done Yet Foundation helps adolescent patients with serious, long-term, and chronic illnesses transition from pediatrics to adulthood. Together, First Descents and the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation have developed the Out Living It Project (OLIP), a virtual platform that delivers healthy lifestyle content, custom adventure planning, and wellness resources for young adult patients and their networks of care.


JAC Family Foundation


Jon & Mindy Gray Family Foundation


K2 Adventures Foundation

To care for children, adults and families with special needs and or life-changing medical and financial circumstances by providing services, support and funds that will be used for educational and medical enrichment.


Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation

The Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Kate Svitek who had a passion for the outdoors. In honor of Kate, the Foundation provides grants to individuals, groups and institutions whose interests and goals align with Kate's hopes and dreams. The primary focus is to support a range of activities and education principally related to outdoor and wilderness exploration study, observation, preservation, improvement, expansion, and enhancement.


Louis Legacy Foundation


Mellam Family Foundation

The Mellam Family Foundation supports programs in the areas of medical and scientific research, education, the environment and social services.


Michael and Terri Bowman


The Michael Gross Family Foundation


Offield Family Foundation


The Precourt Foundation


Rise Above It


Rita Lamoureux Family Foundation


RK Foundation

The RK Foundation is committed to building better lives by investing in community services, education, and health in the communities their employees live and work.


Samberg Family Foundation


Seabury Foundation

The Seabury Foundation is committed to transforming social and economic disparities through grass roots or community-based projects and programs. The Foundation focuses on uncovering and nurturing community assets; empowering program participants to make meaningful long-lasting changes in their lives; and providing activities and direct services built around culturally appropriate standards of personal character and ethics.


Soul Ryeders Foundation

Soul Ryeders is a volunteer-driven charitable organization, based in Westchester County, NY, committed to empowering those in our community who are affected by all types of cancer. From diagnosis through treatment, recovery and survivorship, they offer practical resources and nurturing support services that provide dignity, confidence, hope, and compassion. Support from the Soul Ryeders Foundation advances First Descents' New York programming, creating more opportunities for young adult survivors to experience the healing power of adventure throughout New York state.


Tappan Foundation


Triford Foundation


VF Foundation

The VF Foundation supports non-profit organizations in driving movements for the betterment of people and the planet, including movements that define Worthy Work, embrace the fact that Outside Matters, and empower diversity, equity and inclusion as we are Free to Be.


Wacky Warriors

Wacky Warriors’ mission is to restore the health and redefine the well-being of adolescents and young adults living with cancer. To do so, Wacky Warriors raise funds for children and young adult cancer research, create sports-related awareness and fundraising opportunities, and support outdoor programs for children and young adults with cancer.  


Wend II., Inc

Wend is a collective of wayfinders exploring pathways towards a better world. A world with more trust, more vibrancy, and more justice; accomplished by healthier relationships with ourselves, each other, communities, the natural world, and spirit.  We do not align behind a single organizational purpose; instead we move towards a better world on a path of shared values, empowered to be the change we want to see.


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