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Gratitude Report 2018


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Contents

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Note from Our Board President

2018 Financial Overview

No Barriers Summit

Warriors Programs

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Youth & Educator Programs

Our Reach Numbers

No Barriers Life

Note from Erik Weihenmayer

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2018 Corporate Sponsors

Benefits of a No Barriers Partnership

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2018 Outstanding

Donors

2018 Outstanding Volunteers

No Barriers Board Members

Looking to the Future

What Barriers Do You Face? This question lies at the heart of our organization. Whether in our personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. At No Barriers, we believe that What’s Within You is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way. No Barriers empowers people of all walks of life to overcome obstacles, live a life of purpose, and give back to the world, all through our ground-breaking No Barriers Life curriculum.


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A Note from Our Board President Dear Friends, What is it that you are reaching for? At No Barriers, when we talk about the idea of “Reach,” we define it as seeking opportunities to step outside your comfort zone and achieve your full potential. It requires us to embrace adversity that is present in our lives and choose to use it as a way to grow. In August, I had the opportunity to join more than 200 other folks within our No Barriers community as we hiked up Arapahoe Basin as part of our “What’s Your Everest” fundraising effort. Our community is about as diverse as one could imagine – people of different abilities and ages, people of different backgrounds and beliefs. While we all brought our own life stories to the mountain – stories of tragedy, stories of resilience, stories of refusing to sit on the sidelines of life – we were united in our shared struggle to reach beyond our comfort zones and achieve our fullest potential. While all amazing, some people stood out for me, including Aaron Hale. Aaron is one of our original No Barriers Warriors. After suffering a tragic explosion in Afghanistan in December 2011, Aaron came home to his family no longer able to see. His first Reach was to join a No Barriers Warriors Expedition led by our own Erik Weihenmayer and his amazing team, where he not only climbed a mountain, he learned to summit life without the benefit of his eyes. In 2015, Aaron became sick, and as a result of a rare form of bacterial meningitis,

he woke up to discover that he had also lost his hearing. He could have stayed in the darkness and isolation of life, but instead he chose to reach. Today he has a wonderful family, a successful business that he manages out of his home called E.O.D. - Extra Ordinary Delights, and a great community of supporters and admirers. His most recent Reach was to leave his home at sea level and join us on this 12,000-foot mountain event in Colorado. We all may have come to the mountain for different reasons, but we all left with a renewed sense of purpose and a tangible experience that we could point to when we thought about the phrase, “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” I’m in the final year of my time as board chairman for No Barriers. For me, it’s been a gift to be a part of this journey as an organization and to be part of so many of the individual journeys of members of the No Barriers community – participants, donors, speakers and sponsors. What has fueled my journey in my work with No Barriers has been the individuals who had the courage to invite me to join their “Rope Team” to support them and those who have answered the call when I asked them to support me in my own times of reaching. We all face obstacles in our lives. At No Barriers, we believe we need to acknowledge the pain, the scars and the fear;


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NO BARRIERS HEADQUARTERS 317 Stover St. Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-484-3633 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE: 1127 Hendersonville Rd, 2nd Floor Asheville, NC 28803 828-575-2221

MAILING (SE REGIONAL): PO Box 5957 Asheville, NC 28813

and tell ourselves and each other, “We got this,” as we keep reaching toward that next goal in front of us. I believe that it is through this process that we not only move closer to achieving our Vision, but we find something exceptional inside of each of us and each other. We are bound by our brokenness but also by our bravery. At times, we may feel imprisoned by despair but also liberated by our hope. We must embrace it all – with clear eyes – in order to live our truth and keep reaching, day after day, in the direction of our purpose. Over the past year, your support has made it possible for No Barriers to help unleash the potential of hundreds of veterans and people with disabilities like Aaron. Each year, our organization keeps reaching and continues to find new ways to stretch ourselves to transform even more lives. I am so proud of our growth as an organization, and I’m moved by the stories of Reach that I hear about from our community every week. Whether corporate, personal or foundation giving, your donations fuel our work and improve lives. We hope you take a moment to recognize the life-changing difference you are truly making for all of the members of our community. Please continue to give and continue to Reach with us. With your support, we are able to help unleash the potential of someone who is currently in the darkness and reaching for a better life. With your support, we are able to help that person overcome their barriers and unleash their full potential.

Interested in making a gift? Scan this code to make a donation or contact robbie.baker@nobarriersusa.org to learn more about sponsoring a No Barriers program.

Tom Lillig Chairman, Board of Directors


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2018 Financial Overview R E V ENUE / $7,455,277 Corporate Contributions (36%) Individual Contributions (32%) Fee for Service (28%) Grants (3%) Other (1%)

E X P EN SE S / $7,405,734 Programs (78%) Management & General (11%) Fundraising (9%) Other (2%)

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No Barriers Summit

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At the No Barriers Summit we envision a world where the power of the human spirit transcends barriers. In 2018, we brought the Summit to New York City. There, a community dedicated to overcoming adversity took on the big city to find camaraderie among a diverse and passionate group of people who all strive to create a world without barriers.

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2018

2013

NUMBERS SERV ED

4,709

“I attended No Barriers as a representative from a sponsor with no previous knowledge of the No Barriers organization. What I experienced was the most incredible community who I hope to connect with in the future. The overall vision has had an incredible impact on me.” – 2018 No Barriers Summit Attendee


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Warriors Programs for Veterans

SCAN FOR VIDEO 2018 GRAND CANYON RAYTHEON EXPEDITION bit.ly/raytheon-gc»

No Barriers Warriors programs improve the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. Our experiences 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, pioneer through adversity, and step up to serve others.

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NUMBERS SERV ED

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“Living the No Barriers Life has allowed me to let go of the idea of what my life is supposed to be like with chronic pain, and it has lifted my spirit to believing I am capable of anything I put my mind to.” – 2018 No Barriers Warriors Participant


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Programs for Youth & Educators

SCAN FOR VIDEO 2018 LEARNING AFAR SON OF A SAINT RECAP bit.ly/soas-cr»

No Barriers Youth programs aim to ensure that all youth, regardless of background or ability, have opportunities to experience the world and their place within it, because too many of today’s youth are being left behind. Watch the video above to get a glimpse into the transformational power of a 9-day expedition featuring a group of young men from New Orleans as they journey across Costa Rica, challenge each other to embrace adversity, and reach forward to live a No Barriers Life. This experience was made possible through a partnership between No Barriers, Son of a Saint, and AFAR Media.

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NUMBERS SERV ED

1,496

“We were pushed out of our comfort zones but had a blast while doing it. I was able to see new things and meet new people who helped give me a different view of the world, and I will be forever grateful. This was a great experience that not a lot of people my age get to experience. I am thankful for Son of a Saint, No Barriers and Learning AFAR for providing me and my brothers with this life-changing experience.” – 2018 Son of a Saint / Learning AFAR Participant


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YOUR DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE. 78

Net Promoter Score in 2018 marking an 8 point improvement from 2017. More people are raving fans of No Barriers programs than ever before.

45%

increase in the number of participants who agree “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way” pre-program to postprogram (89% of participants total).


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Our Reach ME DIA IMP RE SSIONS

T V STAT IO NS NAT IO N W ID E

400 MM+

900+

WE BSITE VIE W S

W E B SIT E SE SSIO NS

373K

190K

EMAIL DATABASE

SO C IA L ME D IA F O L LO W E R S

50K

35K

YOUTUBE VIE W S

F L IC K R A L BU M V IE W S

40K

900K


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No Barriers Life: A Lasting Impact No Barriers uses the No Barriers Life framework to design, implement, and evaluate educational experiences across the organization. This framework is made up of 7 elements — representing tactics for living — that help people to break through barriers, fulfill individual and collective potential, and have a positive impact on the world. No Barriers creates curricula that are customized to the participants being served and the objectives of the program type. The No Barriers Life framework ties these ideas together, creating a consistent philosophy across the organization. Programmatic curricula are three phased, so participants start by being thoughtfully prepared in Phase 1, then engage in a transformational field experience in Phase 2, and finally are supported to have meaningful impact in Phase 3. The No Barriers Life is also the framework through which impact is evaluated. No Barriers partners with faculty at Brigham Young University to provide data on meaningful engagement and impact of NB programs on participants across all areas of programming.

“We measure outcomes specific to our unique model, the No Barriers Life. This customized approach gives us valuable information about the effectiveness of our programs and impact on participants' lives.” – Andrea Delorey, Director of Education, No Barriers

97%

of No Barriers participants report “I have a responsibility to contribute to something bigger than myself” post-program.


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VISION Define a purpose that inspires you to give your best back to the world

No Barriers Life Elements Large logo (range $250K+) Cabinets To Go/Gracious Home Coors Light Ingersoll Rand Prudential Touch The Top Wells Fargo

REACH Move beyond your comfort zone to grow and reach goals

PIONEER Persevere through challenges to innovate

VISION

ROPE TEAM

Define a purpose that inspires you to give your best back to the world

REACH Move beyond your comfort zone to grow and reach goals

PIONEER Persevere through challenges to innovate

ROPE TEAM Collaborate and connect with others to build strong communities

Collaborate and connect with others to build strong communities

ALCHEMY Harness life experience into optimism

SUMMITS Find the gifts earned through the struggle

ELEVATE Impact the world as a leader who serves

ALCHEMY Harness life experience into optimism

SUMMITS Find the gifts earned through the struggle

ELEVATE Impact the world as a leader who serves


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A Note from Co-Founder Erik Weihenmayer Each year, we take the time to reflect on our Summit moments and to share that success with you, the Rope Team that made it possible. Our annual Gratitude Report demonstrates the success we have been able to accomplish over the last year — thanks entirely to you. We continue to grow as a thriving organization and through your support, we are able to help more people push past their barriers every day. We did this in a big way in 2018. With your support, we brought the No Barriers Summit to New York City, demonstrating on our biggest stage yet that “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” Whether through the Summit, our population-specific programming, or through the No Barriers Life Curriculum, No Barriers was able to touch the lives of more than 5,500 people in 2018. We change the lens through which people see and navigate their lives. This is the heart of what we do at No Barriers, and it is a truth that continues to inspire me in my own life. Thank you for supporting this important work. We couldn’t do it without you. Sincerely,

Erik Weihenmayer, Blind Adventurer & No Barriers Co-Founder Vice President of the Board of Directors, No Barriers


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2018 Sponsors & Partners

Acquia, Inc.

Dellenbach Motors

Ladco, Inc.

Park Ridge Health

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Dreamland Drive-in Theatre

LTC Properties

PayChex

Bayshore Television

Electronic Office

Lynn Star Transfer, Inc.

Penny Insurance

Big Agnes

Fairfax State Savings Bank

MASCO

The Phoenix Group

Biltmore Church

Fresenius Medical Care

Matson Money

Public Service Credit Union

BK Media

Forest Dermatology

McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Quality Tech Services

Boys, Arnold & Company

Gabriel Builders, Inc.

McLane Properties

TASC Performance

Caterpillar

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Mountain Air Country Club

Trane

CCMP Capital

Veterans Passport to Hope

Cliffs Communities

Hawkeye Electric

New Belgium Brewing Company

The Club at Balsam Mountain

High Country Beverage

Wicked Weed Brewing

Colton, Groome & Company

Home Depot

Skyland Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc.

Cotopaxi

Iowa Realty Company

Stone Ward/NoBa

Walnut Cove Realty WilmerHale


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Doing Well By Doing Good TRUSTED EXPERIENCES → CONTENT → COMMUNITY No Barriers empowers people of all walks of life and abilities to overcome obstacles, live a life of purpose, and give back to the world — all based on our ground-breaking curriculum, the No Barriers Life. Whether it is through our unique partnerships that focus on serving through life-changing experiences, inspiring through unique content, and building community or through No Barriers Leadership training, No Barriers participants connect to purpose, push their comfort zones

LASTING

and tackle the stuff that matters most. It’s a collection of authentic, enterprise-wide learning experiences that teach a new mindset: What’s Within You is Stronger Than What’s in Your Way. Contact us today to find out how you can reap the benefits of “doing well by doing good” in your corporate education or marketing efforts while also aiding veterans, youth, and families living with a disability.

POWERFUL

“We have been a very proud sponsor of No Barriers since 2014 and we find it is one of the most important things we do every year. We are able to connect with veterans and people with disabilities and learn about how to be a more inclusive culture ourselves. It challenges us to be our very best and ensure we are delivering our best to our team members as well.” – JAMIE MOLDAFSKY, Chief Marketing Officer, Wells Fargo


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“This was one of the best, if not the best, learning development experiences I have had not only at Wells Fargo, but in my career.” – Wells Fargo Leader

Wells Fargo Corporate Leadership Field Experience in Sonoma, CA


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Year after year, we are amazed by the generosity of our many volunteers and supporters dedicating their time and expertise to No Barriers. We could not do what we do without you. Thank you! Outstanding Volunteers Kim Adelman Eric Adelman Mary Lou Blevens McKenzie Bond Trisha Boudreau Dale Bradshaw Emily Breeden Keith Cays Peter Champagne Laura Clark Bill D'Amico Megan Dorn Gretchen Evans

Hannah Gentilcore Jim Gentilcore Lorna Greene Susan Groh India Hicks Nick Johnson Saren Johnson Lisa Kost Sunny Mathews Tammy McCurdy Devon Payne Molly Penny Shary Price

Elizabeth Roth Karin Schwols Kate Shaw Barbara Shurna Valerie Singer Paul Smith Remembrance “Memmy� Staber Moses Street Heather Thomson Cindy Walker Candy Wilson Jean York


Photo & Video Alexa Ammon BCLIP Micah Baird Josh Beecher Jack Botti Andrew Bui Michael Croce Sam Davis Ray Dellacroce Parker Feierbach Fifth Color Films Nina Ham Tom Hennig Matt Hines Rob Jackson Didrik Johnck Bradley Lanphear Christopher Lee Sunny Matthews

Andrew McMullen Dylan Miller Maggie Millian AJ Montpetit Ashley Moradipour Zachary Myers Todd Newcomer Matty Niekrug Tobias Ohlsson Izzy Olgaard Mahesh Pattel Abiral Rai Ryan Salm Katie Shaw Dave Stiles Moses Street Jonah Sublette Jon Swindall

Digital Media Editors Magaret Andres Tyler Kottman Jesse Singer Bonnie Barlow

Marketing & Media Bree Casart BKMedia Good Vibe Tribe M Booth Stone Ward Yellahoose Productions

No Barriers has found a home in the foothills of Western North Carolina thanks to the warm welcome and generous support of two prestigious communities in the Asheville area: The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden and Mountain Air in Burnsville. In 2018, thanks to our friends and benefactors at Colton Groome & Company, No Barriers opened its first regional office outside of Colorado. In August, the communities hosted the annual No Barriers Outdoor Classic, which included two golf tournaments, a gala, a hike, and a tennis tournament. We are grateful to our lead volunteers in this community for making these efforts possible including Col. Peter Champagne, US Army (ret.), Remembrance “Memmy� Staber, and CSM Gretchen Evans, US Army (ret.).


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Board of Directors TOM LILLIG

RICH GOODSTONE

KEVIN O’BRIEN

Board President, Director of Account Mgt, Stone Ward

Co-Founder, Superfly Productions

Managing Director, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC

ERIK WEIHENMAYER

MANDY HARVEY

MEHUL PATEL

Board Vice President, Blind Adventurer & Speaker, Co-Founder, No Barriers USA

Deaf Jazz Singer, No Barriers Ambassador

Group President, Adtalem Global Education

DAVID SHURNA

GEORGE HEINRICHS

NANCY POLLAK

Executive Director, Co-Founder, No Barriers USA

CEO, ANDE

National Trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness

KEITH ALLMAN

BILL HUGHES

SASHA RABCHEVSKY, PH.D.

President & CEO, Masco

Director of Operations, KBRwyle

Professor of Physiology, University of Kentucky

ADRIAN ANATAWAN

GANNON JONES

STEVE RAE

Violinist, Educator, Chair of Music, Milton Academy

SVP Marketing, Allstate

Global SVP Customer Experience, Berlitz

ROBERT BALTIMORE

MATT KAREUS

ADAM RAY

Managing Director, Harris Williams & Co.

Executive Director, Intl. Galapagos Tour Operators Association

Founder, Scena Media

BILL BARKELEY

RON KUBIT

JILL ROYSTER

Deaf-Blind Advocate & Adventurer

Chief Revenue Officer, Sopris Health

Founder, JCR Consulting

HARRY DALESSIO

MARK MATSON

MANUEL SANCHEZ-ALVAREZ

Head of Full Service Solutions, Prudential Retirement

Founder & CEO, Matson Money, Inc.

Managing Director, MS Consulting LLC

KAREN DIENER

JAMIE MOLDAFSKY

BRENT SHAFER

President & CEO, KD Geospatial Solutions

Executive Vice President & CMO, Wells Fargo & Company

CEO, Cerner

DOUG DOHN

DONALD MOREL JR. PH.D.

GREG SULLIVAN

President, Dohn Construction

Retired Chairman & CEO, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

CEO & Co-Founder, AFAR Media

ALISSA GARNER BYERSDORFER

CRAIG MUNDY

TOM SULLIVAN

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Vice President of Human Resources, Ingersoll Rand

Chairman & Founder, Cabinets to Go Owner, Gracious Home NYC


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Individual Donors VISION / $250–$999 Tim Adams John Affeldt Julie Allen Catharine Allor Bob Alvarado Tana Amen Adrian Anantawan Chris Andersen Sallie Bailey Logan Baker John Ballard Kim & Fred Barnard Cindy Bean Jeff Beeman Frank Biondo Sharon Blackburn

Julia Cosgrove John Couzens Betsy Coward Phillips Denise Creedon Madva Michael Curler Carol & Ted Cushmore George D’Angelo John Daly Richard Dawes Paula Dinardo Joan & Tom Dixey Jaime & Patrick Donnelly William Dorfman Rob Dowd Laura Dowling Dan Dunleavy

Nancy Gardiner Carolyn Garrity Martin Garrity Hannah Gentilcore Marc Gershman Trevor Goldberg Golden Lions Club Jim Goldsmith Steve Goldstein Rich Goodstone Fred & Cindy Groce Eric Halverson Pam & Jim Harding John & Erin Harding Mandy Harvey David Heimbach

Matt Kareus Mary Keller Jane Kennedy Richard F. Kimple Don & Christina Koch Bill Laird Andrea & Robert Lapsley Louis LaRocco David Lerner JD Loden Lyndy Lubbers Mark Lubbers Robert Luciani Ashley Lucio Jeffrey Ludrof Alice MacDonald

Dave Bonner Mary Bresnahan Michael Brown Peter Brown Sherman M. Bull Bill Butler Timothy Butts Dries Buytaert Francesca Caccavale Michael Cahill Peg Campbell Alex Campbell Ben Campen Terry Chase Gary Christensen April Clark Sommer Collier Kathy Cook Jasen Corrente

Sarah Eaton Richardson Celia Eckert Gary Edelman Thomas Edison Angie Ehle Mary Eifert Linda Emmerman Tony Faine Joyce Filip Lisa Fimby-Dukart Cary Findlay John & Carole Ann Forsyth Chris Franek Philip Frederickson James Freytag Anne Fullbright Ernest & Christy Fuller Amanda Gabbert Mohsen Gamshad

Heidi & Mathew Heinle George Heinrichs Griffin Hemmert Agnes Henelyn Martin Heur India Hicks Mandi Hogan Rich Hogle Patrick Hoyt Joyce Hunt John Igharas Marcie & Steve Jacobs Ann & Frank Jennings Tiffany Jessen Todd Jirsa Sherry Johnson Jeffrey Johnson Gannon Jones Allen Jones

Joan MacNeill Joel Maki Maria Matias John Maxwell Laura & Ryan McBride Donna McDonald Jim McGrann Bill McKibbin Bill & Susan McLaughlin Kelly McNelis James & Julena McQueen Kathleen Metcalf Jen Metzger Mark Montgomery Dave Moore John Morris Marty Mucci Rachel Mulcahy Sally Mulcahy


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Kristina Mulligan Margaret Mundy John Newton Caryn Nezat Linda Nolan Jessica O’Toole Sonny Ocheltree Robert Olsen Suzanne Olson John Oswald Justin Owen Kathryn Page Ty & Sherry Penfold Morey Perlmutter Chris Perry

Richard & Betty Peters Kevin Peters Laura Petter Jodi Pickering Carleton Pierson Richard Rabito Susan Rae Lisa Ramlo Lonnie & Mike Ross Brad Roth Serena Rusden Michael Sample David Sawyer Roger Saylor Mark Schwab

Kathy Scopin Ken & Jane Seaman Ingrid Shaffer Barbara Shurna Dave Shurna & Gina Curler Kathleen Smerko William Solmson Angie Spangler Troy Suto Kristen Swenson Joe & Peggy Swicegood Michael Terblanche Don Therien Shannon Thompson Michael Tracy

Barbara Troupin John Vaughn Deasy Garth Walker Brenda Webber Susan Weinstock Brian White Laverne Wilaby Mark & Deborah Wilhelm Vanessa Williams Mary Willis Kimberly Young Annette Zecca & Keith Ehrman Heather Zoccali

Annie & William Gower Nancy Grandis White Jana Ann Greenfield Yoko Grigorovich-Barsky Ryan Guthy William Hamilton Kenneth Harrell Debbie & Mike Harris Mandy Heinitsh Bill Hughes Eloise Hyndman Henry Jenkins Sean Keck Shawn Kennedy Karl Kispert Mr. & Mrs. Carl Kroonenberg Ron Kubit Marcia Larsen & Christopher Koehm

Deb Little Mr. & Mrs. John N. MacDonough Christopher Maggio Jim Mathews Robert May Bruce McGrath Mark McLane Rita Ann Meeks Lori Metsa Jeffrey Mitchell Justin Monnett Margaret Onulak Mehul Patel Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Price Christy Reuter Tonya Ritchey Jorge Rivera Rita Romano Paula Scariati

Michael Schumacher Diana Shao John Shao Ed Shurna & Michelle Saddler Randy Siler Don Singer Joe Sinnwell Randy Stafford Jill Turner Richard Vagg Bob Visocky David & Roberta Walker Linda Whitaker Kristin & Michael Whitchurch Wayne Wisehart

REACH / $1,000–$2,499 Daniel Adair Melissa & John Anton Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio Brian Beitner Ron Billings Jefferson Boyle Barry Brown Kemper Brown, Jr. Brad Carmichael Daniel Coash Robb Craddock Bill D'Amico Harry Dalessio Michael Domingos Paul Dorr Dawn & Dennis Eflein Dan Eldridge John Finn Robert Gartland


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Lynne Capozzi David & Teresa Gomach Pete Johnson Blair Kiefer

Jamie Moldafsky Maria Procacci Steve Rae Dayna Reed & John Toth

Timothy & Gretchen Tierney Tim & Bentley Westphal Donna Zick Daniel Zivney

Todd Fredin Barry Friedberg Vidor & Allyson Friedman Paul Keckley Doug Korey Tom Lillig Valerie London John Masek

William Norman Kevin Omiliak Sierra Paturalski Sharon & Matt Price Suzanne Rose Kent Stahl Poon Tip Alan & Carolyn Trott

Tricia Vanacore David Vanwyck Ed Weihenmayer Jennie Wilson Mark Winkleman Jean York

Karen Diener Doug Dohn Rick Guthy Susan M. Haney Peter Heckman Ann & Bob Irelan

Paulette Kempfer Don Morel Craig Mundy Kevin & Cynthia O'Brien Sasha Rabchevsky Jeff Resnick

Jill Royster Tom Sullivan Greg Sullivan Peter Vexter Erik & Ellen Weihenmayer

SUMMITS / $5,000–$9,999 Bob Ableidinger Donna & Dave Bailey Nancy Baker David & Laura Bourne Alissa Byersdorfer Peter Champagne Lee Deshong Gretchen Evans

ELEVATE / $10,000+ Keith Allman Bob Baltimore Ronda & Greg Brenneman Ted Corbin Dr. & Mrs. John Cuckler Joe Diaz

No Barriers extends a special thanks to our Ambassadors for generously donating their time and unwavering support: Gretchen Evans Mandy Harvey

JR Martinez Kyle Maynard

Heather Thomson Whitney Way Thore

Billy Lister

Sam Morris

Erik Weihenmayer


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Looking to the Future In last year's gratitude report, I shared our organization's bold vision for the 10 to 30 year future of No Barriers: to 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. This year, I want to update you on some key ways that we're reshaping the organization to achieve that vision. Let's start with why we exist. No Barriers serves as a catalyst to activate human potential. We provide a roadmap that helps individuals and their communities break through barriers, unleash potential and contribute our very best to the world. Right now, we do this at a national scale - mostly in regional pockets. But, we aspire to do it globally. Over the next couple of years, we're investing in a few key areas to bring that vision to fruition: Online Experiences: Millions of people will never have the opportunity to come on a No Barriers adventure in person. Realizing this, we've taken all that we know about creating powerful moments that teach the No Barriers mindset and translated them into online experiences. I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical we could create something in the virtual world that would rival our in-person experiences. But thanks to amazing partners who are rethinking what's possible in the virtual classroom, we did it! After some incredibly successful pilot programs, we'll be expanding this work in the year to come. Our Mountain Campus: True to our commitment to changing one life at a time, we’re building our backyard campus to be a fully accessible showcase of the No Barriers life. With accessible trails and buildings, as well as additional devices to suit each participant’s needs, the campus will become our own learning laboratory for how we can continue to teach the No Barriers principles to people from all walks of life. We’ll be able to serve thousands of people per year at this campus once it’s fully completed.


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In-School Programming: We are creating annual in-school challenges, curricula, and support materials so that we can build a national affiliation of No Barriers educators, schools and districts that bring our transformative programming to tens of thousands of students. Though our vision is bold and our energy to pursue it is boundless, our own No Barriers philosophy demands that we pause and look back as much as we look forward. The pages in this report are a celebration of the lives we have impacted in 2018. As much as I dream of a bigger impact in the future, I know it all starts with one life changed at a time. I am incredibly grateful to the supporters who made this year's impact possible. We should all be incredibly proud of this work! Thank you. Sincerely, David Shurna Executive Director, Co-founder, No Barriers USA

ABOVE: No Barriers Mountain Campus prerenovation. Construction is underway to add accessible buildings & trails, dramatically increasing our capability to serve people of all abilities in the future.


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WHAT’S WITHIN YOU IS STRONGER THAN WHAT’S IN YOUR WAY

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2018 No Barriers Gratitude Report  

Everyday, we hear stories of how No Barriers changes the lives of the individuals and families we serve. We create our annual Gratitude Repo...

2018 No Barriers Gratitude Report  

Everyday, we hear stories of how No Barriers changes the lives of the individuals and families we serve. We create our annual Gratitude Repo...