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Founder's Circle

Founded by Brad Ludden in 2001, First Descents (FD) launched with the vision to provide life-changing adventure experiences for young adults with cancer. FD has positively impacted thousands of lives in its 15-year history and is a leader in the young adult oncology movement. In an effort to honor Brad’s legacy and recognize the many generous supporters who have helped First Descents succeed, FD has established a closed donor society.

Donations to the Founder’s 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.

Member Benefits:

  • Permanent recognition at FDHQ, in annual report, and on FD website
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to FD signature events in perpetuity
  • Invitation to biennial retreat with FD Founder, Brad Ludden, and key staff members
  • Invitation for two (2) to an FD camp of choice during investment period
  • Invitation to Tributaries activities in local area
  • Invitation to quarterly conference calls with Leadership at First Descents

Minimum Gift:

$25,000 (Payable over 3 years)


Founders Circle Members

Michael Gross

Joel Appel

Brent & Lisa Goldstein

Chad McWhinney

Jeremy & Sandra Shevlin

Josh and Jennifer Behr

Jennifer Feikin

Rise Above It (RAI)

Wacky Warriors

Eva Ho

The Kantor Family

Grady Durham

Kirk MacKenzie

Always Keep Pedaling Foundation