Health—General & Rehabilitative

High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

The safety net of the outdoor community

aka High Fives Foundation   |   Truckee, CA   |  www.highfivesfoundation.org

Mission

High Fives Foundation focuses on preventing life-changing injuries and provide resources and hope if they happen.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you very much for taking the time to investigate the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation. It is very important to us that all programs and the mission of the High Fives Foundation are made public in a concise and transparent manner. Feel free to contact us at anytime via phone (530-587-4453) or email (info@highfivesfoundation.com) with any questions!

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Roy A Tuscany

Main address

PO Box 3212

Truckee, CA 96160 USA

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EIN

26-4275773

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Supporting individuals and Veterans with life-changing injuries continue a happy and healthy life.

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?

Empowerment Fund

The Empowerment Fund provides resources and inspiration to those who suffer a life-altering injury. Life-altering injuries are injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation or other mobility-limiting injuries that occurred in an athlete's lifetime.The resources and inspiration we provide come in the form of board-approved grant funding paid to service providers in nine funding categories: living expenses, insurance, health, travel, High Fives Healing Network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, and "stoke" (positive energy, outlook, attitude). For more information on Empowerment Grant Funding Policies visit www.highfivesfoundation.org/grant-application/ Since 2009, the High Fives Foundation has helped more than 235 athletes from 32 states.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
General/Unspecified

The B.A.S.I.C.S.(Being Aware Safe In Critical Situations) program was created as a way to reach young athletes to promote smart decision making in the mountains. Each year we develop a documentary highlighting one safety topic. The documentary is available free online and is toured around the country for live presentations at schools and for industry professionals. Since its establishment in 2010, the B.A.S.I.C.S. program has reached over 210,000 young athletes with four films -- "Five Critical Mistakes (2011)," "Avalanche Awareness," "#HelmetsAreCool," "#KnowYourPark," "CHOICES," and "5 Critical Mistakes (2016)". This program service is a demonstration of our official vision statement: We are the safety net of the mountain action sports community. In 2018, the High Fives Foundation premiered the newest documentary #HelmetsAreCool.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, #108 in Truckee, CA, the CR Johnson Healing Center is a 2,800 sq/ft training facility providing resources for athletes in recovery from life-altering and community members recovering from sport related injuries. Resources include: physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, active release techniques, restorative stretching, personal training and more. The Healing Center attracts over 250 visits monthly from High Fives Athletes and community members.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Military to the Mountains was created following the success achieved by veteran Marine Corporal Jacob Schick while skiing at Squaw Valley during the 2014-2015 Winter season.

Last year, the program grew to include 10 injured US Military Veterans.

Working directly with Dallas-based Adaptive Training Foundation, injured Veterans undergo intensive training prior to visiting Squaw Valley. Once they arrive in the mountains, they receive adaptive ski lessons with Achieve Tahoe.

In 2017, the Military to the Mountains program will continue this process for 22 other injured military veterans.

This year's program begins in January 2017 with a 9-week training period in Dallas, TX & Reno, NV. In April, 22 US Veteran athletes (15 from Dallas, TX & 7 from Reno, NV) will travel to Reno on flights hosted by American Airlines. The athletes stay and ski/ride at Squaw Valley with Achieve Tahoe's adaptive ski program.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Awards

Non-Profit of the Year 2011

Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce

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 individuals with spinal cord injuries

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Empowerment Fund

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through our application process, we have kept all the data on all that have applied for funding from the Foundation that have suffered a spinal cord injury. No personal information is kept on file.

Demographics of folks with life-altering injuries

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Empowerment Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Empowerment fund provides funding to athletes with life-altering injuries, to date the Foundation has supported 300 athletes from 37 states.

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

B.A.S.I.C.S.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of participant views of our safety education program, B.A.S.I.C.S

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The High Fives Foundation aims to be there for athletes with life-altering injuries to support their recovery goals. We are the safety net of the mountain action sports community.

High Fives Foundation uses different strategies to accomplish our annual fundraising goals through corporate sponsorships, marquee fundraiser events that emphasize FUN, and grant seeking.

We've formed a team of specialized experts geared towards social media, event planning, grant writing and coordinating program services. Our Board of Directors guides the decision making process. Our Board of Industries helps expand our reach. We have national brand recognition that attracts thousands of people to our events annually.

We set quarterly and annual goals for every segment of the organization and assess progress based on completion of those goals.

The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation is expanding our services across the country. We have the goal to open a Healing Center in the state of Vermont.

Financials

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Operations

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

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High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tyler Lightcap

Private Client Advisor At J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A.


Board co-chair

Willie Ford

James Lynch

SpineNevada

Tyler Lightcap

Wells Fargo, N.A.

Patrick Bruce

Kaiser-Permanente

Luka Starmer

Matt Francis

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Thais Mollet

SpineNevada

Willie Ford

Keenan Polan

Partner

Dan Kelsay

GoPro

Chris Nicholas

Mark Lefanowicz

Bill Hudson

Brady Dolan

Dolan Auto Group

Andrew Cross

Ken Mowad

Susan Stone

Andy Wirth

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Lake Tahoe, Truckee, National, sports injuries, athletic injuries, sport for the disabled