top ten ways to get involved
The first 1.5 years of the membership program allowed us to establish a new trailhead education program, install hundreds of new large informational signs across the state, and directly contribute $200,000 to the CAIC's forecasting operations.
Annual Renewing Memberships helps Friends of CAIC as a 501c3 to forecast revenue and plan investment in safety efforts and programs. Our members are helping to build the avalanche forecasting services and education options that Colorado deserves!
Memberships start at $35 - much less than a tank of gas or a day lift ticket.
Not keen on becoming a member? You can still make individual donations through our secure system or by check. Friends of CAIC is a 501c3 non profit and your contributions may be tax deductible.
Friends of CAIC
PO Box 1117
Evergreen, Colorado 81437
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The Colorado Backcountry community never ceases to amaze us. Whether you’re a seasoned pro with an upcoming birthday, an uphill race participant, or just looking to throw a party to raise money at your local hangout, you have the power to inspire others to support the forecast that keeps us all safe.
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Buy Friends of CAIC merchandise
Show off your support with Friends of CAIC merchandise. Members get 10% off!Shop Friends of CAIC online store
Give stock or direct a donor advised fund
Consider transferring appreciated stock to the Friends of CAIC. This vehicle can often help donors leverage more resources to have a greater impact on avalanche safety in Colorado. Please contact us at info at Friendsofcaic.org for more information and the appropriate forms.
DAFs are a great way to fulfill your philanthropic goals at a higher level and advance the mission of Friends of CAIC. Contact your advisor or visit DAFDirect to recommend Friends of CAIC for a grant today.
If you are located in Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and Rio Blanco Counties, and have an established fund at the Western Colorado Community Foundation. Consider recommending Friends of CAIC here to recommend Friends of CAIC for a grant today. https://wc-cf.org/donor-advised-fund-recommendation-form/
Take the forecast pledge
Checking the forecast is the single most important thing you can do when heading out into the backcountry in order to stay safe.
Take the pledge and join thousands of other backcountry users in vowing to read the CAIC's daily information.
Attend an event
Friends of CAIC hosts several key events throughout the year. The annual CAIC Benefit Bash takes place in early December in Breckenridge and has raised over $1 million in the past 13 years. CSAW is a professional level development event in October that is 20+ years running. And the new COBAW is a recreational focused continuing education event in early March.
See our events page for more information
Check if your employer will match?
Many employers will match contributions or have employee directed giving programs. Email your HR team or management today to ask about ways to make your donation more impactful. We are here to help navigate the process, just email info at Friends of CAIC dot org!
Submit an observation
The CAIC depends on observations from the public and partner organziations to help build a better picture of snowpack and avalanche activity across our large state. Consider using the Friends of CAIC mobile app to submit an observation next time you are out and about in the backcountry.
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