Adaptive Adventures is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping physically challenged individuals engage in adventure sports that help them develop athleticism and self-confidence. Please click the button on my product and service referral page (http://www.davidapope.com/product-and-service-referrals.html) to find out how you can donate or volunteer (Or go directly to www.adaptiveadventures.org).
Needless to say, I was both impressed and inspired. Adaptive Adventures, a non-profit corporation, helps physically challenged folks learn and experience adventure sports. His group has paved the way for these extraordinary individuals to be able to live a life that has fewer boundaries. Of particular interest is their work with wounded veterans. Funding from Wounded Warrior makes up almost one-third of the budget for Adaptive.
On the financial side, I was particularly impressed with the Group's stewardship of the donations it receives. Approximately 90% of the donations go directly to program expenses - directly for the benefit of the participants. In addition, program fees (the amounts charged to the participants) make up only 10% of their funding. This means that Adaptive is able to meet their mission by charging the participants 90% less than they would have to charge if the public did not help. The direct result is that the adventures are opened up to a much wider array of individuals. As a numbers guy, this is impressive to me. It is a huge challenge for many non-profits to perform the marketing and administration necessary while continuing to make sure the greatest amount of money possible flows into the actual programs.
Please keep these folks in mind when you are making your donation plans for this year.