Groups We Support
Black Diamond offers these organizations more than just financial support including consulting services, employee volunteers, product and publicity in an effort to ensure their presence far into the future.
Dedicated to preserving access to climbing areas across the nation, the Access Fund lobbies on behalf of one million rock climbers and mountaineers in America. In 2002, Black Diamond received the “Sharp End” award, which acknowledges leadership and activism in preserving climbing access and the climbing environment. Black Diamond contributes cash, time and product to the Access Fund—and assists all employees in becoming members by matching membership fees.
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is a nonprofit membership organization that protects wild lands and waters through a balanced approach of conservation and advocacy, environmental education, and responsible recreation.
American Alpine Club
Generations of climbers have benefited from the work of the AAC. Join today to get global rescue service, the American Alpine Journal, Accidents in North American Mountaineering, hut discounts, and more. Membership also supports the country’s largest grants program for climbers, as well as vital conservation and advocacy initiatives that protect the places we climb. Discover the AAC for yourself at one of their events, like the annual Craggin’ Classic.
The American Mountain Guides Association is a non-profit organization that seeks to represent the interests of American mountain guides by providing support, education, and standards. Black Diamond (Rock Guide) is a Diamond Partner of the AMGA and contributes significant dollars to every candidate in the Rock discipline exams as well as providing the full tuition scholarships.
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their eﬀorts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas throughout North America.
Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $7 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 39 million acres of wildlands; stop or remove 27 dams; and preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.
Black Diamond is the largest private contributor to any forecast center in the USA. BD employees have served on the Friends of the Utah Center’s board and our Marketing Manager serves as president of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. Donating our offices to the UAC for meetings, Black Diamond has also lobbied other businesses, congressmen, senators and Forest Service officials on behalf of the UAC. Host to the UAC annual fall fundraiser, last year Black Diamond provided the financial support to bring together over 700 backcountry skiers and raise over $35,000.
HERA (Health, Empowerment, Research and Advocacy) is a unique foundation that gives at least 90% of money raised directly to ovarian cancer research and to aide women battling the disease. Black Diamond is the primary sponsor for HERA’s Climb for Life, an annual event held on our campus. In 2002, sixty people participated in the event in SLC, while another 375 people raised money at their own crags and gyms across the country.
The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you-the world we all enjoy.
The Mugs Stump Award provides low-impact, environmentally-conscious alpine climbers the opportunity to realize their dreams. With financial backing and an ongoing presence in our catalogs, Black Diamond encourages all climbers to apply for the award and to move toward a low-impact vision in the mountains.
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through ground-breaking research, action-oriented convening and outreach and education programs, The Foundation is working with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors.
Outdoor Outreach's mission is to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming. We use outdoor activities to provide youth with the support, resources and opportunities they need to become successful adults.
SUWA’s goal is to protect Utah’s remaining nine millon acres of wild desert lands. Last year alone, SUWA defeated two anti-wilderness proposals that would have allowed development and motorized recreation in vast stretches of our desert. In addition to being a corporate sponsor of SUWA, Black Diamond matches employee membership fees, organizes slide shows and other events on behalf of SUWA and has paid for employees to travel to Washington D.C. to lobby on SUWA’s behalf.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide.
The Wasatch Mountains are a climber's paradise. Located within minutes of Salt Lake City, these mountains host an incredible variety of climbing terrain. From long, multi-pitch routes in alpine settings to a lifetime of bouldering, it can all be found in the Wasatch. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance is dedicated to promoting climbing opportunities, preserving local access for climbers and encouraging good stewardship of both our climbing areas and the surrounding environment.
The Youth Outdoor Legacy Fund is focused on outreach programs around the United States and is supported by generous private donors as well as outdoor industry leaders, including Black Diamond. The fund is being administered through the Seattle
Foundation (www.seattlefoundation.org), a highly respected and professionally managed community foundation. Grant making is overseen by the Youth Outdoors Legacy Fund advisory board. YOLF was created in 2005 with the vision to engage young people in outdoor recreation while at the same time preparing them to be our future outdoor advocates.
Aiming to further our sport, these organizations are the backbone of America’s climbing communities. Black Diamond supports these organizations on a smaller scale with financial support and product contributions.
Friends of Alta
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Montana Wilderness Society
Red Rock Forest
Summit County Land Conservancy
Utah Rivers Council
Winter Wildlands Alliance
Through volunteer time, product donation or providing access to BD facilities, these organizations are an integral part of Black Diamond’s local and extended community. To ensure the future of our sports, our communities and our friends, Black Diamond feels it’s important to assist these organizations as needed.
Climber’s Access Society of British Columbia
High Uinta Preservation Council
No More Homeless Pets in Utah
Weber Pathways Trail Map