What's Within You is Stronger Than What's In Your Way

Fort Collins, CO   |


Our mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Through transformative experiences, tools and inspiration, we help people embark on a quest to contribute their absolute best to the world. In the process, we foster a community of curious, brave and collaborative explorers who are determined to live the No Barriers Life.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

David Shurna

Main address

605 S College Avenue

Fort Collins, CO 80521 USA

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Formerly known as

Global Explorers



NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We strive to unleash the potential of people who face significant and persistent barriers that hold them back from being their best.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Our Veterans’ programs serve as both an opportunity for growth and a catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch physical and emotional boundaries, foster camaraderie, push through adversity, and step up to serve others. No Barriers Warriors programs are FREE, for Veterans with service connected disabilities.

Population(s) Served

Part inspiration, part action, this unparalleled 4-day conference empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world.

At the No Barriers Summit, we envision a world where the power of the human spirit transcends barriers. We bring together scientists, inventors, academics, practitioners, and end-users in a four-day outdoor extravaganza that challenges your conception of what is possible. The Summit is about community, innovation, discovery, and exploration. This family-friendly event is for people of all ages and abilities. The 2015 No Barriers Summit will combine hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, keynote addresses, leadership exercises, and symposia.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

No Barriers Caregiver Program is designed to improve the lives of family caregivers by building a caregiving community where individuals are given dedicated time and space to be together with other family caregivers through transformative, curriculum based virtual workshops and community events as well as in-person retreats and expeditions.

Population(s) Served

Here at No Barriers, it’s our mission to give kids the real-world tools to achieve more than they thought possible by giving teachers the resources to help them.
To do this, we’ve created a unique community platform, providing educators with the resources needed to help students with…
* Harnessing adversity and using it as an opportunity to grow.
* Reframing their mindsets to respond positively to life’s inevitable challenges.
* Realizing their potential and breaking through their barriers.
Within the community, you’ll have exclusive access to a host of interactive content, (updated frequently), that you can use to engage & excite your classroom with ease.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Veterans, Caregivers, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To break through barriers, unleash potential and have a positive impact on the world.
● We are visionary. We are courageous and bold, setting and reaching aspirational goals that
stretch the limits of what is possible.
● We are alchemists. We embrace adversity by displaying the grit, innovation and optimism
required to tackle big challenges.
● We are all one rope team. We are a community that radiates trust, respect, commitment, and
integrity in all our relationships.
● We elevate others and the world. We are committed to excellence and to unleashing and
celebrating our collective potential to create positive change in the world.
Build a global community united by a belief in our ability to break through barriers, unleash individual
and collective potential and have a positive impact on the world. We will be a top leader in providing
cutting edge, high quality and proven transformational programming … the barometer of our success
will be our ability to change individuals’ lives in an effort to inspire and build global community…
relationships and community will be the human thread that transcend all that we do... our scaleable
model and approach will be sought internationally… we will have an effective, financially sustainable
model allowing for advance planning, creative innovation, and excellence… we will become a role model
for a successful modern workplace that prioritizes diversity and inclusion, and unleashes each team
member’s potential to contribute their absolute best to the organization and the world…
1. We are tackling one of the world’s greatest challenges: unleashing our collective potential
One of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century is to unleash our individual and communal potential
to have a positive impact on the world. At our core, humans all crave purpose. Yet, every day we face
challenges. Only some of us have a trail map to navigate the barriers between our idealistic aspirations
and our potential. As a result, many give up and lose hope. Others settle at a place far short of their
dreams. Only some of us continue to climb towards those things we know in our hearts to be truly
possible. The end result is that we are failing to activate the full capacity of civilization to create the
brightest future possible. No Barriers serves as a catalyst to activate human potential. We then provide
a roadmap that helps individuals and their communities break through barriers, unleash potential and
contribute our very best to the world.
2. We matter because what we do works.
We have a proven ability to transform people's lives, create community and share powerful stories. 95%
of the participants in our transformative programs agree with the statement, “This program changed my
life.” We measure this change through extensive short-, mid-, and long-term research.

We have four core strategies:
Build Engaged Communities We’ll thoughtfully rebuild our in-person programming by maximizing the use of our newly redeveloped field campus and finding a permanent Colorado home for our Summit. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to build our virtual and hybrid opportunities, with an emphasis on deepening virtual impact, building engaged communities. and improving how we measure impact. We will narrow the populations that we target to the 125 million people in the US in these three categories: Have disabilities, focusing on physical disabilities and mild cognitive impairments including, though not limited to, our longstanding commitment to veterans and middle school students and teachers; Caregivers, including youth and adults, who tend to the needs or concerns of a person with short- or long-term limitations due to illness, injury or disability;People who face significant and persistent challenges beyond the disability and caregiving space, with a special emphasis on adolescents in foster care, who live in impoverished urban communities or who have lost loved ones to tragedy.

Build Our Rope Team: We’ll strategically rebuild our team of staff, contractors and volunteers as we expand the reach of our programming so that we can maintain an exceptional quality of service for our community while also supporting the growth, development and sustainability of our team. We’ll build and engage with the board, who will play a critical role in our success in achieving our Reach Goals, particularly around Financial Sustainability and Becoming a Recognized Leader. We’ll have a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion, working with more diverse teams who are representative of the populations that we serve. And we'll focus on building a terrific No Barriers culture.

National Player: We’ll focus on building No Barriers into an established national player in the space of unleashing the potential of people with disabilities, caregivers and those with significant and persistent challenges. Our public relations, storytelling, research and brand marketing efforts will build scale and exposure with a goal of positioning us as a thought leader in this space. Partnerships and high-quality programming will play a key role here as we build relationships with key for-profit and nonprofit organizations that help elevate our status in this space and deepen our reach into our targeted audiences.

Financial Sustainability: We’ll rebuild our revenues moving towards our pre-pandemic revenue levels, putting us back on track to becoming a $4.5 million organization by 2024. Our narrowed programmatic focus and our efforts to become a recognized leader will play a key role in positioning the organization to have access to a much larger pool of funds from foundations, companies and individual donors.

We have a strong staff, volunteer and board team that is leading the charge to make this mission and vision come to fruition.

We met or exceeded all of our goals for 2020 and are on track to do the same for 2021. This includes goals for programmatic reach and impact and financial sustainabilty described in our 2021 strategy above.



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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Board of directors
as of 10/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Lillig

Stone Ward

Term: 2016 - 2021

Tom Lillig

Stone Ward

David Shurna

Global Explorers

Erik Weihenmayer

Blind Adventurer, Motivational Speaker, Author

Jamie Moldafsky

Wells Fargo

Tom Sullivan

Lumber Liquidators

John Rose

Revive Hemp Industries

Keith Sultana

Ingersoll Rand

Steve Rae


Adrian Anantawan

Milton Academy

Mandy Harvey

Gena Harper

Morgan Stanley

Joe Diaz

Afar Media

Keith Allman


Karen Diener

KD Geospatial

Harry Dalessio


Gannon Jones


Bob Baltimore

Harris Williams & Co.

Craig Mundy

Ingersoll Rand

Jill Royster

Manuel Sanchez

MS Consulting

Mehul Patel


Rich Goodstone

Superfly Productions

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data