• Founded in 2020, the USA Climbing Foundation seeks to provide critical support to American climbers and programs


    Climbing satisfies a basic human instinct to strive as an individual and as part of a community. The practice of climbing builds problem solving skills, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, power, endurance, and confidence for participants at all levels and has the power to transform one’s outlook about what is possible. With the assistance of donors, USA Climbing seeks to bring this transformative power to as many participants as possible through efforts such as:

    • Increasing access and inclusiveness for underrepresented participants of all ages
    • Educating coaches, athletes, parents, routesetters and others, such as for positive coaching methods, training techniques, physical and mental health and safety, and competition rules
    • Growing the sport at the recreational level

    Your donations can help USA Climbing seek innovative ways to host competitions, expand educational outreach and grow the sport while prioritizing health and safety.


    As a new Olympic sport, Climbing can inspire its participants and the public through excellence at the elite level. The Foundation seeks to assist USA Climbing in empowering high performance athletes in our Elite, Paraclimbing, Youth, and Collegiate Series through efforts such as:

    • Assisting with the costs of elite athlete training, travel, health care, and equipment
    • Building and operating National Training Center facilities
    • Commemorating leaders and champions and assisting in subsequent life transitions
    • Nurturing a pipeline for high performance in the Youth, Paraclimbing, and Collegiate Series

    USA Climbing relies on the generosity of the climbing community and the American public to help our athletes remain competitive with the rest of the world. Significant financial resources are required each year to prepare our elite climbers for World Cups, World Championships, and Olympic Games. Costs such as for equipment, travel, and medical support can be overwhelming for athletes and their families trying to balance training and competing with the demands of school or work.

    “I hope USA Climbing gets more support and resources so that we can continue to better our performance in international competition whether that means World Cups or the Olympic Games.”

    Nathaniel Coleman – August 3, 2021, immediately following his Olympic qualification round

    Circle Of Gold

    Circle of Gold embodies our entire climbing community. Whether you are a current climber, former climber, parent, official or fan, your contribution of any amount to our Circle of Gold Annual Fund is the driving force of our Foundation.

    How To Get Involved

    • 100 Women For Climbing

    When the women and girls of climbing join together, they’re an unstoppable force – and the 100 Women For Climbing community makes that possible. 100 Women For Climbing leverages individual donations into a powerful investment in projects that empower women and girls in the sport of climbing. Participants from different backgrounds and professions can become change agents within the climbing community. Members of this giving circle identify as women, and allies are welcome as supporting members. Each member donates at least $1,000, which can be split into monthly payments of just $84, and together their donations grow. With social events to be planned throughout the year, the Women For Climbing community is more than a circle of philanthropists; it’s a network of leaders. When we work together our impact is greater!

    • USA Climbing Ambassador

    The Ambassador program is USA Climbing’s engagement program for passionate supporters interested in a deeper level of involvement with the organization. Circle of Gold members who make a minimum donation of $5,000 annually are recognized as USA Climbing Ambassadors. Ambassadors enjoy greater access to our athletes and our leaders through private events and invitations, and organizational meetings. Ambassadors are invited to aspects of our annual of Board of Trustees meetings. For an insider look at how our organization is run, its key partners and leaders, and the national team athletes who inspire us all. The Ambassador program is an area for key growth within USA Climbing and we are poised to welcome many new members in the coming years.

    USA Climbing Foundation Trustee

    Circle of Gold members who make a minimum commitment of $15,000 annually for four years are formally recognized as USA Climbing Foundation Trustees. 

    The USA Climbing Foundation Board of Trustees serves as an active fundraising board for the national governing body of USA Climbing. Through making personal philanthropic commitments, and cultivating relationships with others, Foundation Trustees help to advance the fundraising goals of USA Climbing. Members of the USA Climbing Foundation play a special role in nurturing the greatness within our athletes, organization and climbing community and helping us achieve our fundraising goals for the benefit of all pillars of the organization.

    To learn more about becoming a USA Climbing Foundation Trustee, please reach out to us at info@usaclimbing.org

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