In The Community
Mt. Bachelor and POWDR, a family owned adventure lifestyle company and Mt. Bachelor's parent company, strive to make an impact in Central Oregon by doing amazing things that support the community we serve.
A central piece of Mt. Bachelor's community presence is its charitable giving to local non-profit organizations. Since 2006, when Mt. Bachelor and POWDR first introduced unique local programs that combine discounted lift tickets with cash donations, Mt. Bachelor has donated nearly $1.2 million to Bend and Central Oregon non-profit organizations aligned with our community values of supporting kids and families in need, local economic development, student-athlete academic achievement through the discipline of competitive alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding, and environmentally sustainable practices.
Below are examples of Mt. Bachelor's charitable giving programs.
SKI FOR SCHOOLS
Mt. Bachelor launched its Ski For Schools fundraiser in 2004. Since its inception, the program has donated $236,750 in cash for the Bend-La Pine and Redmond Education Foundations.
For 2019, skiers and snowboarders can buy Mt. Bachelor lift tickets for $35, which are valid to use from the ski area's opening day through early December. A total of 715 tickets will be available to buy on a first-sold, first-served basis. Mt. Bachelor will donate 100% of the cash collected, totaling up to $25,000, to the Bend-La Pine and Redmond Education Foundations to benefit local students.
Mt. Bachelor launched its Charity Week program in 2008. Since its inception, Mt. Bachelor has donated $709,160 in cash to Bend and Central Oregon area non-profit organizations aligned with our community values. Previous beneficiaries include Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children's Forest, Heart of Oregon Corps., Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), Oregon Adaptive Sports, Saving Grace, Sparrow Clubs, The Environmental Center, United Way and several others.
For 2019-20, skiers and snowboarders can buy Mt. Bachelor lift tickets for $49, which are valid to use during select midweek periods in January and again from April 27 through the end of the ski/snowboard season. A total of 1,021 tickets will be available to buy on a first-sold, first-served basis. Mt. Bachelor will donate 100% of the cash collected, totaling $50,000, to participating non-profit organizations in Central Oregon.
While the 2019-20 beneficiaries are still to be announced, the 2018-19 beneficiaries included:
- Discover Your Forest – funding support for the Deschutes Trails Collaborative
- Heart of Oregon Corps – funding support for the “Post program job services project”
- J Bar J Boys Ranch – funding support for hands-on skill building for at-risk boys
- Mosaic Medical – funding support for the Mobile Community Clinic
- Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – funding support for a new headquarters building
- Neighbor Impact – funding support for the Food Recovery Program
- The Environmental Center – funding small grants for local school garden and an outdoor kitchen
Local non-profit organizations whose mission is aligned with Mt. Bachelor's community values are encouraged to submit a funding participation proposal. If you are interested in submitting a specific proposal for funding of a project of $10,000 or less, please submit a document that describes your organization, the project, and how the award funds would be applied. To submit for 2019-20 funding, please contact Gay Fletcher, Mt. Bachelor's executive assistant, via e-mail by November 15, 2019.
Mt. Bachelor is a proud supporter of Oregon State University - Cascades' fundraising initiative to expand OSU-Cascades into a comprehensive, four-year branch campus of OSU with its own physical campus in Bend. To help OSU-Cascades achieve its goal, Mt. Bachelor sold $50,000-worth of discounted lift tickets from 2012 through 2016. All proceeds - $250,000 in total over the five-year span - were donated to the 4 Central Oregon initiative.
Mt. Bachelor is pleased to pledge another $250,000: $50,000 per year from 2017 through 2021, to continue its support of OSU-Cascades' initiatives in Central Oregon.
For 2019-20, skiers and snowboarders can buy Mt. Bachelor lift tickets for $69. A total of 725 tickets will be available on a first-sold, first-served basis. Mt. Bachelor will donate 100% of the cash collected, totaling $50,000, to OSU-Cascades.