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Industry News 3/16/2017

Ibex Outdoor Clothing Introduces New Advocacy Program

Continually looking for ways to give back and affect change, Ibex Outdoor Clothing is proud to introduce the Ibex Impact Fund – a new advocacy program to support non-profit organizations that help communities and lands around them.


Developed by Ibex’s internal CloseKnit social responsibility team consisting of Ibex employee volunteers, the team will select deserving non-profit organizations to receive monetary and product donations through the Ibex Impact Fund. Selection criteria will be based on a set of parameters that align with Ibex’s corporate values, including: an interest in getting people outside; making outdoor spaces cleaner and more accessible; and supportive of animal welfare.

Ibex is seeking small non-profits where the company’s grant money can help affect change and make a difference. In its first year, the grant award amounts will be between $500 - $1,000 and will be presented to recipients in the fourth quarter of 2017. Beginning in 2018, the CloseKnit team will award grants during two rounds, in Q2 and Q4.

“Ibex is made up of more than just people who work in our Vermont headquarters, our retail stores, and within our supply chain. The collective ‘We’ includes all of our customers, too,” said Regan Betts, director of brand for Ibex and CloseKnit team member. “We recognize that we all love to pursue adventures outside in Ibex products. But also know that sometimes an individual or a group isn’t able to get out there; that’s when we want to step in and help make that path accessible.”

In the Spring of 2016, Ibex leadership team members prioritized a higher commitment to Ibex’s values of social responsibility, philanthropy, and the natural environment. This led to establishing the CloseKnit team.

Applications must be received by September 1, 2017 for this year’s granting cycle. More details on the guidelines and where to send applications can be found here. Please email questions to closeknit@ibex.com.

About Ibex

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in White River Junction, VT, Ibex is a designer of year-round premium Merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance and properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for a diverse range of outdoor and active pursuits and passions. Men’s and Women’s items are made from the best Merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. For more information, please visit ibex.com.