Ways to Give

Working together, we can protect the places you love to hike.

Donate to American Hiking Society.

Dayne Topkin

Monthly Giving

Small, affordable donations add big muscle to our efforts to protect the places you love to hike.

Noah Silliman

Partner with a non-profit that
outdoor enthusiasts know and trust.

Ryan Nelson

Support the trails you love by
purchasing gifts and gear in our store.

Trevor Cleveland

Discover additional ways to give support the trails you love.

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Giving Societies

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Annual Giving

Executive Director’s Council

$5,000+ Ambassadors Level
$2,500 Partners Level
$1,000 Founders Level
$500 Leadership Level
$250 Trail Level
$100 Hiker Level

Members of the Executive Director’s Council are defined by their consistent leadership and service to American Hiking Society. They demonstrate a tangible interest in shaping the future of our environment and the protection of public lands and are leading the efforts of fellow donors, members, volunteers, and friends. An annual gift of $500 or more to AHS qualifies one for the Executive Director’s Council. There are four levels within the Council’s recognition society: Leadership Level (represents gifts of $500 to $999), Founders Level (represents gifts of $1,000 to $2,499), Partners Level (represents gifts of $2,500 to $4,999), and Ambassadors Level (represents gifts of $5,000 and above). Gifts made on an annual basis between January 1 and December 31, AHS’s fiscal year, will be recognized.

Benefits:

$5,000 and above

Inclusion in the AHS Annual Report
Special Invitation to State of AHS sessions
Complimentary registration to AHS’s Hike the Hill
Complimentary registration for two participants to an AHS Volunteer Vacation

$2,500-$4,999

Inclusion in the AHS Annual Report
Special Invitation to State of AHS sessions
Complimentary registration to AHS’s Hike the Hill
Complimentary registration for one participant to an AHS Volunteer Vacation

$1,000-$2,499

Inclusion in the AHS Annual Report
Special Invitation to State of AHS sessions
Complimentary registration to AHS’s Hike the Hill

$500-$999

Inclusion in the AHS Annual Report
Special Invitation to State of AHS sessions

$250-$499

Inclusion in the AHS Annual Report
Subscription to Outside+ print and digital versions ($325 value)

$100-$249

Inclusion in the AHS Annual Report
Backpacker Magazine print and digital versions ($99 value)

 

Executive Director’s Council Lifetime Membership

Executive Director’s Council Lifetime Membership recognizes and honors American Hiking Society’s most generous donors for their cumulative and consistent support. The Lifetime members of the Executive Director’s Council are the philanthropic leaders of American Hiking Society, and their impact is significant. Individuals have the opportunity to qualify for Lifetime Membership by establishing endowed scholarship funds to benefit Alternative Break student participants or can achieve their Lifetime status solely through their long-standing support of American Hiking Society. This society honors donors who have cumulatively given $100,000 or more in any of the following forms: planned gifts, outright gifts, new pledges, and matching gifts. The Executive Director’s Lifetime members plan a large role in bringing to life the mission of American Hiking Society and empowering all to share, preserve, and protect the hiking experience.

Lifetime membership in the Executive Director’s Council includes—recognition groups based upon total cumulative gifts, commitments, and memberships (until membership model is phased out):

Visionary ($5,000,000+)
Legacy ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
Benefactor ($500,000 - $999,999)
Fellow ($100,000 - $499,999)
Steward ($50,000 - $99,999)
Advocate ($25,000 - $49,999)

Individual Giving FAQ

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Benefits of Giving to AHS

Give to American Hiking Society today and help build and maintain hiking trails, conserve America’s natural landscapes, build a more inclusive outdoors, and ensure that tomorrow’s hiking experience is even better than today’s. Your gift makes you part of a growing hiking community helping to protect the places you love to hike.

You can make an annual gift or join our Summit Club and donate monthly.  Small, affordable donations made regularly add big muscle to American Hiking Society.

With a gift of $100-$249, you’ll receive the Backpacker Brand Pass, which offers a print subscription of BACKPACKER Magazine, plus an array of digital content (ad-free) on Backpacker.com, as well as discounts on gear from many brand partners.

With a gift of $250+, you’ll receive Outside+, which offers an annual print subscription to OUTSIDE Magazine plus access to their online content (ad-free of course!), a second annual print subscription to BACKPACKER Magazine or another magazine of your choice from Outside’s many options, an annual subscription to GaiaGPS, training plans courtesy of Today’s Plan, race registration discounts courtesy of AthletesReg, discounts on gear and apparel, and more!

Looking to join the Alliance of Hiking Organizations?

Frequently Asked Questions

Organizational Membership

Roger Ashley

The Alliance of Hiking Organizations

American Hiking Society’s Alliance of Hiking Organizations is a network of trail groups, hiking clubs, land trusts and other organizations working to promote and protect hiking trails, trail lands, and the hiking experience. American Hiking Society and its Alliance are the primary force in pressing for increased funding for trails and protecting places special to hikers.

Membership Benefits

Corporate Sponsorship

Dan Holz, Osprey

Partner with a non-profit that outdoor enthusiasts know and trust.

Choose opportunities that compliment your business vision.

Sponsor events that promote outdoor recreation, protect the environment, and honor a healthy lifestyle.

"L.L.Bean encourages people to be good stewards of the environment. We applaud American Hiking Society’s efforts to establish, protect, and maintain America’s foot trails. We are proud to sponsor the National Trails Fund, to support a variety of projects at the local level with much-needed resources.”

Janet Wyper, Community Relations Manager, L.L.Bean

If you are with a corporate brand and wish to inquire about an annual sponsor partnership with AHS, please send an email to [email protected]org.

Other Ways to Donate

Austin Neill

Workplace Giving

Support American Hiking through your work.  Our CFC # is 11784.

Matching Gifts

If your employer has a matching gift program, please consider having your gift to American Hiking Society matched by your workplace.  Your gift can be doubled or tripled at no additional cost to you. Find out here!

Gift of Stock or Appreciated Securities

Please contact Heather Klein Olson, Senior Director of Development at 301-565-6704 x 701 or [email protected]  for information on how you can give a donation of stock or appreciated securities to American Hiking Society.

Bequests and estate planning options

Please consider including American Hiking Society in your legacy of giving.  Please contact Heather Klein Olson, Senior Director of Development at 301-565-6704 x 701 or [email protected] for more information on how you can experience the rewards of making a planned gift.

Donate while shopping

Amazon Smile.  Choose American Hiking Society as your charity and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us!

The Giveback Endeavor.  Go to Teton Sports and shop online.  Use the discount code AdamKnoll when checking out and Teton Sports will donate 5% to American Hiking Society!