Since its inception in 2011, HIKE for Mental Health has raised and disbursed more than $237,000 for mental health research, mental wellness for veterans, and wilderness trail preservation.
Our mission to end the stigma surrounding mental illness grows stronger each year as more hikers, hike organizers, sponsors and contributors help spread the word.
In 2016 alone, we raised almost $70,000 from our hikes and walks.
Where the money goes
In 2016, we distributed and/or accrued 100% of the funds received from our hikes – plus the net proceeds from our Veterans walk – to our mission purposes.
Note: Donations received December 1 or later are included in the following year’s disbursement.
Mental illness research
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation received a check for $48,000. Below is the acknowledgement letter from their president, Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein.
Veterans mental health
Our 2016 Pearland Veterans Day Walk netted more than $8,700. The proceeds were shared with our local partner in the walk, VFW Post 7109, to advance their efforts to offer increased services to veterans, Counseling Connections for Change, a local nonprofit counseling center, and the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, where we purchased workbooks, pamphlets, DVD’s and other materials for the behavioral ward that serves mostly active duty service men and women. This year was our fifth consecutive year supporting service men and women there.
In 2016, we presented the Appalachian Trail Conservancy with a check for $11,250, which amounts raised but not yet disbursed in 2015. We raised and accrued $5,000 that will go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association in 2017 along with additional funds we raise in that year.
Our operating expenses – credit card processing fees, website hosting, insurance, van rental and cabin fees for Mt. Washington participants, software licensing, shirts and other logo-ed items, printing and administrative expenses – came to about $16,000.
These costs were paid by a combination of donations from the members of the Board of Directors, funds raised on our Bear Mountain hike (the only hike dedicated to our operating costs), and contributions for shirt and other merchandise, as well as matching donations, and receipts via affiliates such as the AmazonSmile and GoodSearch.
So far, we have been able to cover our operating costs in this manner. We recognize that as we grow each year, eventually we will need to plan specific fundraising efforts or seek alternate funding sources to help offset the cost of our expanding efforts. But that day has not yet arrived. As an all-volunteer organization, led and managed by folks with day jobs (thankfully), we keep expenses to a minimum and make personal contributions to cover much of the costs. We plan to do so again for 2017, hoping to again get some help from other kind souls to keep this organization growing.
Want more information?
If you would like more information about the financials of HIKE for Mental Health, you may:
- verify our 501(c)(3) non-profit status at the official IRS website
- view our 2016 IRS Form 990.
- check out our rating on GuideStar
- request to view our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, or Form 990 filings by contacting us
- ask us for more information
We are committed to complete transparency, so if anything is unclear please ask us so we can make it clearer for everyone. Thanks!