Fox Factory's Trail Trust program is contributing over $150,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations during the first quarter of the year to help expand educational and experiential opportunities outdoors, including projects aimed at diverse populations.
Together with nonprofit partners worldwide, Trail Trust aims to promote the conscientious use of land amongst outdoor enthusiasts and protects our shared playgrounds. The program specifically seeks to expand opportunities within the outdoor sporting industry, diversifying the populations that participate in cycling and power sports ? because everyone deserves the thrill of adventure.
"This is just the first installment of Trail Trust's quarterly giving since we officially launched this initiative in November 2021," said Jackie Martin, Fox's Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer. "For this round, we selected organizations we believe will have the biggest impact from the more than 50 applications received. In addition to financial support, we are excited for our employees to volunteer with these organizations and look forward to getting out in the community to do good."
Trail Trust focuses its support on responsible recreation, trail building and maintenance, and expanding outdoor opportunities to populations which have historically inadequate representation.
Q1 2022 Trail Trust grants are awarded to:
Fox employees are not afraid to get their hands dirty as many locations already participate in local volunteer efforts. A team devoted time in February to work with Clean-Dezert to help clean up trash throughout the region near Ocotillo Wells, Calif.
"This area is important to us as our desert proving grounds and we visit it often for work and play," said Casey Lund, Fox's Director of Engineering. "We will pick up trash and debris as a habit when out on tuning trips and testing. Helping in a bigger coordinated effort was great! We had a lot of Fox employees from multiple departments join an impressive effort and were happy to do our part to keep this natural resource safe and accessible."
Other employees involved with local nonprofits are also excited about these partnerships in their communities.
"I am thrilled to learn that Trail Trust has chosen to support Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) with this latest round of grants," said Scott Vickery, Regional Director of Fox Factory Performance Vehicle Development Group and active member of BUMP. "I know this will have a huge impact on mountain biking in Alabama by enabling us to continue to develop and improve the amazing trail system at Oak Mountain State Park. I'm truly thankful to work for a company like Fox that gives back so much to our local communities."
"I know this will have a massive impact in Nevada by enabling the 775 Offroad & Recovery volunteers to have the resources and equipment to provide offroad recovery services to all user groups," said Frank Walden, Fox's Distribution Manager and volunteer. "In addition, we can expand our efforts to bring awareness and training to the community."
Trail Trust looks forward to funding more projects and working with more organizations to deliver adventure to all.