The Summit III is a unique multi-year program which allows organizations annual eligibility for up to three years of proposal submissions. This program is reserved for requests exceeding $2,500 (product, cash, or combination). Because product is our primary currency, product or combination requests are the most competitive. Once we review and award support to a group, we welcome them to re-apply the following year. There is no fourth year eligibility in order to allow new organizations the opportunity to join the Summit III program.
At Columbia we all enjoy being in the great out-of-doors. So we looked to the mountains for inspiration in building our new philanthropic program and have modeled the program around the steps a climber must take to reach the top of a mountain.
Year number one is what we call the Base Camp year. This phase is designed for first year sponsorships. Year number two we call the Climb. This second year level of sponsorship will be determined on the accomplishments made during the first year at Base Camp. The third and final year of the program is called the Summit and eligibility for it is based on the accomplishments made during the Climb phase of the program.
Summit III applications are accepted online and reviewed throughout the year.
Applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
In order to maintain focus and achieve greater impact of corporate giving, Columbia Sportswear will not provide charitable support for the following:
- Political organizations/persons
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Organizations that discriminate against race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, handicaps, and sexual preference.
- Third-party distributors
- Individual study, research, or travel grants
- Capital Campaigns
Please direct any questions or requests for information to our Community Relations Department.