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High Fives Nonprofit 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 provides resources and hope if they happen.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to investigate the High Fives Nonprofit 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 any time via phone (530-587-4453) or email ([email protected]) with any questions. High five!

Ruling year info

2010

Founder and CEO

Roy A Tuscany

Main address

10775 Pioneer Trail #108

Truckee, CA 96161 USA

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EIN

26-4275773

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of High Fives Foundation is to focus on preventing life-changing injuries and provide resources and hope if they happen. All of the 622 individuals that High Fives serves have survived a life-changing injury (spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or amputation). High Fives's impact is made both on the preventative and on the recovery side of life-changing injuries. We make a measurable difference by 1) educating others on mountain safety and awareness, 2) helping those who have suffered life-changing injuries by offering financial, physical, mental, emotional, and social support, and 3) enabling individuals of all ability levels to return to outdoor recreation in a safe, supportive environment. Through 100% free programs and resources, we break down barriers and bridge the gap between an individual’s ambitions for recovery and achieving those goals in a timely manner.

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 financial support and equipment to life-changing injury survivors in the form of board-approved grants for adaptive sports equipment, the High Fives healing network, medical equipment, programs, living expenses, and emergency care/injury expenses.

Since 2009, the foundation has disbursed over $10 million in Empowerment funding to 759 traumatic injury survivors in 47 states and territories plus Canada, and $2 million disbursed in 2023 alone. In these 15 years, weve provided 221 adaptive bikes, 100 full sets of skiing equipment, and 37 surf/kiteboards to High Fives athletes across North America, enabling survivors to rediscover their identity.

For more information on Empowerment Grant Funding Policies visit www.highfivesfoundation.org/grant-application/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans
Adolescents
People with physical disabilities

Our B.A.S.I.C.S. (Being Aware and Safe In Critical Situations) program was created to engage young athletes to promote smart decision-making in the mountains. In the form of short, PSA-style videos, this National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)-approved, free online series is available to everyone from school-aged children to industry professionals. This program has more than 780,000 views.

Visit our webpage, www.highfivesfoundation.org/programs/basics/ to learn more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Named after Tahoe local C.R. Johnson who passed away tragically following a ski accident, the C.R. Johnson Healing Center is a 10,000 sq/ft training facility providing resources for athletes in recovery from life-changing injuries and community members recovering from sports-related injuries. The facility is located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, #108 in Truckee, CA, adjacent to High Fives Foundation headquarters. Resources include alternative healing therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, neurokinetic Pilates, restorative stretching, personal training, physical therapy, cold plunging, and infrared sauna. The Healing Center attracts about 450 visits monthly from High Fives athletes and community members and has had over 47,000 visits since its inception.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans
Adolescents
People with physical disabilities

Military to the Mountains (M2M) was created following the success achieved by veteran Marine Corporal Jacob Schick while skiing at Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) during the 2014-2015 winter season. We now have 30+ veteran participants at two adaptive winter sports camps per year - one at Palisades Tahoe in California and one at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah, and we have served more than 190 veterans total.

Working directly with Texas-based Adaptive Training Foundation and City of Reno, injured veterans undergo nine weeks of intensive training prior to their re-deployment to the mountains. Once they arrive, veterans receive adaptive skiing and/or snowboard lessons for one week that reveals the healing powers of being on the mountain. The week culminates with a graduation ceremony with accolades and amazing prizes for participants. This collective effort will continue in 2024 for 30+ injured veterans.
www.highfivesfoundation.org/programs/military-to-the-mountain/

Population(s) Served

Return to Dirt (R2D) is an adaptive motorsports program service of High Fives Foundation. Originally founded in 2018 and operated by High Fives athlete #78, Tim Burr, out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, R2Ds mission is to provide equipment and instruction for individuals with disabilities to pilot off-road vehicles into backcountry areas otherwise impossible to access because of a mobility impairment.

After three successful camps hosted in collaboration with R2D, High Fives Foundation acquired R2D in 2022 to expand the program as the needs and demands continue. In just 2023, 1,878 miles were hand-driven at 23 R2D trips for 62 different High Fives athletes. Since establishment in 2018, R2D has created more than 250 experiences for 157 unique athletes with 7,998 UTV miles driven.

To learn more, visit Return to Dirt's webpage at https://highfivesfoundation.org/programs/return-to-dirt/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Non-Profit of the Year 2011

Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2013

Great Nonprofits

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2014

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2015

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2016

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2017

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2019

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Partner of the Year 2016

POC

Nonprofit of the Year 2021

State of California

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

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Featured Nonprofit 2011

Powder Magazine Awards

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Powder Magazine Awards

Video of the Year, ‘#HelmetsAreCool’ 2014

Reno AMA

Video of the Year, ‘The Edge of Impossible’ 2015

Reno AMA

Best in Public Relations 2017

Reno AMA

Best in Public Relations 2018

Reno AMA

Video of the Year, ‘#HelmetsAreCool’ 2019

Reno AMA

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2021

Great Nonprofits

Innovation Award of the Year 2021

Outdoor Retainer

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2021

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2022

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Top-Rated Nonprofit 2023

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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 athletes with spinal cord injuries

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

Adults, Children and youth, Veterans, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Empowerment Fund

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our application process, we have all data on applicants to the Empowerment Fund who have suffered a spinal cord injury. No personal information is kept on file.

Number of High Fives athletes with life-altering injuries

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

Adults, Children and youth, Veterans, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Empowerment Fund

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of March 2024, the Empowerment Fund provides funding to 759 athletes in 47 states and territories and Canada.

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

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

Children and youth, Students, Adults

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

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.

High Fives Foundation is creating a universal shift in adventure sports that expands what is possible for those who have faced life-changing injuries. Our aim is to be the safety net of the outdoor community. We continually strive to achieve this goal by adhering to our five core values: Human Care, Integrity, Community, Passion, and Kaizen.

Human Care: Empowering individuals through life-changing positivity.
Integrity: Offering transparency in all programs, operations, partnerships and fun.
Community: Committing to an inclusive group of individuals and mentors.
Passion: Creating rewarding outcomes through empathy and leadership.
Kaizen, a Japanese term that loosely translates to "continuous improvement": Dedicated to constantly improving through innovation.

High Fives Foundation achieves its mission through five main program services: the Empowerment Fund, the C.R. Johnson Healing Center, the B.A.S.I.C.S. program, adaptive sports camps, and community events.

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 Trustees helps expand our reach. We have national brand recognition that attracts thousands of people to our events annually. Some long-term partnerships we have secured include top brands like Eddie Bauer, Smith Optics, Charlotte's Web, Flylow Gear and Darn Tough Socks to name a few.

High Fives Foundation is well established and highly regarded both locally and nationally as an impactful non-profit organization. We have national brand recognition that attracts thousands of people annually to our events. We are members of Truckee’s and Reno’s Chamber of Commerce, the National Ski Area Association, National Ski Patrol, SIA Snow Sports, Squaw Valley Institute, Flying Ryan Institute, California Non-Profit Association and the Non-Profit Alliance Services. High Fives was voted the 2011 “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce. We’ve been among Great Nonprofits “Top-Rated” from 2013-2022, a Powder Magazine Awards featured non-profit from 2011-2019 and had an ESPN feature in 2017. Some of the other accolades High Fives has received include being a GuideStar® Platinum Member, in both 2017 and 2018 we were voted ‘Best in Public Relations’ by the Reno-Tahoe American Marketing Association (Reno AMA), and we were selected as the 2016 POC ‘Partner of the Year’, to name a few. Our founder, Roy Tuscany, was featured as one of 31 individuals in the nation for the “Lays Smiles” campaign, which highlights inspiring individuals who are making a difference in their local community. He was also recognized as a Polaris Hero in 2020. In December 2020, Roy was also named one of four Leaders in Eddie Bauer's One Outside Program. Roy and the High Fives Foundation were highlighted in Outdoor Retailer Magazine's list of "The Outdoor Activists and Organizations to Follow" in 2021. and won "Innovation Award of the Year" at Outdoor Retailer in 2021.

Most recently, Roy gave a TED Talk at TEDxReno entitled "Adapt and Destroy: A New Way to Look at Obstacles” in 2023. High Fives Foundation is also now a qualified environmental partner of "1% for the Planet."

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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High Fives Nonprofit Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Stone

Tyler Lightcap

JP Morgan Chase

Luka Starmer

University of Nevada, Reno

Matt Francis

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Dan Kelsay

GoPro

Chris Nicholas

Renown Health

Mark Lefanowicz

Ethos Lending

Bill Hudson

Palisades Tahoe Ski Teams

Brady Dolan

Dolan Auto Group

Susan Stone

Sierra Wasatch Capital

Tim Burr

Return to Dirt

Katie Besso

Jamison Blair

Ken Mowad

Medical Health Sciences Foundation University of Pittsburgh

Anthony Thomas

Outertained, LLC.

Courtney Laggner

Katie Steinharter

Sydney Kirby

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? 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? Yes