As the national governing body of the sport, Orienteering USA’s vision is to create a single, unified orienteering community…an orienteering nation. A community committed to filling the forests, the woods, the parks and the fields with new, enthusiastic orienteers.
Our Annual Fund campaign is in progress! Please donate to support the growth of orienteering in the U.S.!
Learn about the Iain Wilson Award and the Wilson Community Growth Grant.
How You Can Give
We have established two easy ways for you to give: online or by mail.
- Giving Online
For your convenience, Orienteering USA features online giving. Making a donation is fast and easy. When you make your donation, we will send you an acknowledgment in the mail for tax purposes. Click the 'Donate' button below to make a donation on a secure server. To designate a memorial and/or honorary gift, or direct a donation to specific uses, use the comment box on the form. Thank you for your support.
Note: Orienteering USA uses PayPal for this secure transaction. The transaction will appear on your statement as PayPal *O-USA. A very small part of your donation goes to PayPal as a processing fee.
- Mailing Your Gift
If you prefer, you can mail donations (payable to United States Orienteering Federation, Inc.) to:
P.O. Box 1444
Forest Park, GA 30298-1444
Note: Orienteering USA (also known as the United States Orienteering Federation, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 54-0913876. Donations qualify as charitable contributions if you itemize deductions on your income tax return. All donation requests are intended for our membership. Other giving opportunities are described below. Need more information about donating? Contact Robin Shannonhouse, 404-363-2110 - USOF [at] comcast [dot] net
Where Will Your Donation Be Used?
To direct your donation to specific programs, please select one or more of the following:
- Orienteering USA Programs (such as helping form new clubs, starting up new regional junior programs, working to recruit more people into our sport, etc.)
- Team USA: Senior Orienteering Team
- Team USA: Junior Orienteering Team
- Team USA: Mountain Bike Orienteering Team
- Team USA: Ski Orienteering Team
- Team USA: Trail Orienteering Team
- Team USA: World University Orienteering Team
- Orienteering USA Endowment Fund
Giving Where the Need Is Greatest — Orienteering USA Programs
By giving to where Orienteering USA’s need is greatest, to our Programs, you provide the organization with the flexibility to invest your donation where it will make the most impact. It could be to: develop and support a new club, grow orienteering among different types of youth groups across the country, develop environmental impact studies, provide services for our clubs, create new and update old maps, and much more.
Giving to Team USA
Every year, Orienteering USA sends dozens of athletes abroad to compete in World Orienteering Championships in the disciplines of Foot, Mountain Bike, Ski, and Trail Orienteering. Our athletes are required to provide at least 50% of their funding in order to represent the United States abroad. They need your help. By directing your gift to a Team USA squad, you can help these athletes perform at the highest level.
Giving to the Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund is the long-term investment vehicle for Orienteering USA. Funds from lifetime memberships and directed donations are invested by the Fund and a portion of the returns are distributed to Orienteering USA each year to help with operating expenses.
Since it was created in 2002 the fund has provided over $26,000 to support Orienteering USA operations.
Over the long term, the goal of the Endowment Fund is to grow significantly through increased donations (especially Legacy gifts) and investment returns. The Endowment Fund is a way to give a lasting legacy to Orienteering USA, one that will carry on for years. Those wishing to remember Orienteering in their will know that long after their passing they will still be helping to move the organization forward.
Remember that donations to the Endowment Fund and Orienteering USA may have tax benefits to you if you itemize deductions. The donations can be in cash, stock, or other forms, and may help reduce capital gains on a security. Donations help to make a lasting legacy for the sport of orienteering that has given you and your family a lifetime of great memories and friendships.
For more information contact Endowment Fund President Chuck Ferguson at usofrnr [at] gmail.com, or the Orienteering USA President
. Endowment Fund annual reports are available (PDF):
Endowment Fund Officers
Charles Ferguson* (usofrnr [at] gmail.com)
President and Director
Thomas Overbaugh (toverbaugh [at] comcast.net)
Secretary and Director
Shelley Pennington (spngtn [at] gmail.com)
Treasurer and Director
Tim Parson (tparson [at] bcdschool.org)
|Mike Minium (mikeminium [at] aol.com)|
|* Charles Ferguson also serves as Education and Public Information Director|
and Liaison to the Orienteering USA Board
W. Mikell Platt (mikell [at] wyoming.com)
Catherine Ann Yekenevicz (cycpa [at] att.net)
Other Giving Opportunities
- Major Gifts:
Over the past few years, Orienteering USA has benefited from major gifts in the five- and six-figure range. Some of these gifts were for one year and others for multiple years. In each case, Orienteering USA worked with the donor to develop customized programs. Whether it is funding starts and membership or other important programs, Orienteering USA will work with you. Contact the Orienteering USA President for more information.
- Planned Giving:
Perhaps you would like to remember the sport of orienteering and Orienteering USA with a planned gift. Your gift will secure the long-term growth of the sport and, should you choose to do so, preserve your legacy. For more information contact Endowment Fund President Chuck Ferguson at usofrnr [at] gmail.com, or the Orienteering USA President.
- The Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award:
This award is presented annually to two young orienteers, and one junior orienteering program, who embody the spirit of longtime contributor to the sport Iain Wilson. Contact Marc Balcer, marc.balcer [at] gmail.com. Click to learn more about how you can support the award.
Photo credits: Family pictures by Julie Keim, all others by Eddie Bergeron
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last updated 13 February 2017