THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING: DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS

Dear Supporters,

Thanks to the gracious support of our donors through the years, thousands of disabled participants from around the world have been empowered and given new beginnings and possibilities through Challenge Aspen. Challenge Aspen adamantly supports and adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights as stated below, which is based on voluntary action for the common good.

  • To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

We have helped brave veterans, children and adults look fear in the face with a smile and gain strength, courage and confidence through our unique and innovative outdoor and cultural experiences.

Joey Bozik, who first joined us on the Challenge Aspen Ultimate Outdoor Adventure trip to the Grand Canyon in August 2006 and is now a member of Challenge Aspen’s alpine competition team, shared the following with us after that first experience:

What you guys do for injured soldiers is absolutely amazing. I had so much fun. I was able to let go of all the things that had been weighing me down. I just wanted to personally thank you and all those that were responsible for making it happen. You may never know how much you have helped me, but I will always carry your gracious love for soldiers with me. Thank you for all that you do.

—Sergeant Joey Bozik (Retired), Injured Veteran from Iraqi Freedom

Stories like Joey’s are only made possible through your donations. Now in our 14th year, Challenge Aspen continues to expand the scope of its events and programs on an international scale, touching more and more lives. We are counted on as an influential voice for disability awareness around the world. More importantly, we are relied upon by participants and their families to make dreams like the following come true.

At 10 years old, Michael watched the downhill Olympic skiers on television and typed “I want to learn to ski.” With the support of Challenge Aspen, Michael’s dream became a reality. For ten years now, the best week of the year for Michael is the week he skis with Rich. It’s a week of smiles and singing on the chairlift. It’s a week of memories to last until the next winter. Autism is a tough challenge for 51 weeks a year, but in Snowmass and with Challenge Aspen, it’s pure happiness!

—Riv Goldman (Michael’s mom)

In addition to making dreams come true for participants, our programs touch the lives of volunteers and inspire them in their professional work.

Words cannot express my profound gratitude to Challenge Aspen for providing our soldiers (and me) a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon was truly incredible. However, the physical and personal gains made by the participants were at times even more inspiring than the landscape. These memories give meaning to my tasks here in the hospital and impel me to continue seeking opportunities to care for wounded soldiers.

—Volunteer physical therapist

On behalf of everyone at Challenge Aspen, thank you for this opportunity to show you what our donors’ support can do. Together WE CAN make a difference!

My very best,

Houston Cowan
CEO and Co-Founder

Challenge Aspen honors the Donor Bill of Rights. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.