Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation
Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation

"Although I didn't make it to the summit of Mt. Rainier that sunrise, near the top of the world, gave me a new perspective on life. I realized the importance of challenging one's own limits and ingenuity even if you are not able to achieve a goal. That sunrise placed into me a sense of wonder that had nothing to do with whether or not I made it to the summit. It is not always necessary to achieve an ultimate goal, because the reward of self satisfaction was enough from within. "
- Kate Svitek

Grants

The Kate Memorial was established in Spring, 2002 shortly after Kate died on Mt. Bachelor in a snowboard accident. The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support to individuals, groups, and various institutions whose interests and goals align with Kate's hopes and dreams. The primary focus is to promote and underwrite a range of activities and education principally related to outdoor and wilderness exploration study, observation, preservation, improvement, expansion, and enhancement.

Past Recipients

Since our inception, we have awarded grants to over 53 different organizations, including:

Paddle Without Pollution

Russell Byers Charter School

Camp Thunderbird South Dakota

Robin's Park Envionmental Education Center

National Outdoor Leadership School

Green Valleys Assoication

Wissahickon Charter School

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

New Heights Academy

Urban Blazers

Community Academy of Philadelphia

Schuylkill Nature Center

Neighborhood Bikeworks

Boys Latin Charter School of Philadelphia

Lacawac

Localogy

No Barriers

Los Angeles Waterkeeper

Benscreek Canoe Club

Center for Aquatic Sciences

First Descents

Central PA Conservancy

I-Lead Charter School

University of Vermont

North Carolina Outward Bound

Sauve Island Center

Camp Attaway

New Jersey Academy of Aquatic Sciences

College Settlement Camp

West Virginia University -  Parkersburg

Venture Outdoors

Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia

Eric Weihenmayer, Touch the Top

Camp Rainbow, Montgomery County PA

Monarch Academy

Chipping Hill Micro Farms

Grassy Waters Conservancy

Bucks County Audubon Society

 

 

Letters from Participants

Over the years, we have received many thank you notes from students who have participated in programs supported by the Foundation. We are so proud of their achievements and we wanted to share a few here:

Community Academy of Philadelphia Students
Sean Donovan
Zachary Lance
Brian Martino
Ralph Rogers
Patrina Sanchez
Katie Tausendfreundt