Denali Foundation was founded in 2015 to honor the memory of Denali Schmidt. Denali graduated from the California College of the Arts and was an artist and an avid climber. Two months after his graduation, he and his father died in an avalanche while climbing K2. This tragedy inspired his sister Sequoia Schmidt to start the foundation to preserve his legacy and inspire future artists.
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The mission of the Denali Foundation is to provide free art supplies to underserved populations to expand the minds of young artists. They purchase supplies requested by teachers and community organizers working with children and youth groups. They believe that fostering creativity enriches people’s lives and try to minimize the economic barrier to the fulfilment of one’s creativity.
The Denali Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit foundation EIN 46-5433426. To donate, click the button below: