The short version:
100% of your donation goes toward supporting black, indigenous, and people of color climbers (Stone Age covers the processing fee). The use of the funds will be determined by a group of BIPOC climbers who have been our partners from the beginning in establishing the diversity in climbing program and may include purchasing gear (Stone Age will offer it at 30% discount) for sponsored climbers as well as for introducing new folks to the sport. We are very grateful for our community's support - we will be providing periodic updates on the progress we make.
The long version:
In the summer of 2020, a small group of climbers gathered first on Zoom and then in a distanced way at Stone Age to discuss options for bringing diversity into climbing. Stone Age committed to sponsor several climbers as part of the program, and while rental gear was included in the sponsorship, we all thought that it would be great if we could provide these sponsored climbers with their own gear. In addition, the group agreed that they could use some funds for other climbing-related activities.
As soon as we made an announcement that we are committed to establish JEDI activities at the gym, we had inquiries from some of our members regarding means through which they can support us in this effort - for which we are very thankful. In addition, one of the options discussed was to have a member of the BIPOC group create a design for a fundraising t-shirt. To everybody's delight, the talented Ryle Yazzie (@yazweh) offered his time to create this design and our own Aaron Stromberg assisted with the move of the design to the print on demand platform. Ryle's design is now available on men's and women's apparel - check them out in our shop, we think they are a must-have! We are offering t-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies).
How will the money be used? Representatives of the BIPOC climbers' community who have been instrumental in supporting us starting and developing this program will determine the use of these funds to best serve their community: purchase gear, sponsor memberships, help others started in climbing - they will decide how to allocate the funds.
More about the design, in Ryle's words: "Hello, My Name is Ryle Yazzie. I’m a Tribal member of the Navajo Nation and lived in New Mexico most of my life. Growing up in New Mexico, I was introduced to various tribal cultures other that my own. This design for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) is based on three tribes here, in New Mexico. The center represents the Navajo Rug design. Between the center and border, the second design is representative of Apache Pottery and finally the border design is representative of Pueblo Pottery design."