THE MISSION

The Kirstie Ennis Foundation’s mission is to inspire individuals to stubbornly climb the mountain in front of them. We aim to show the world that we control our circumstances, they don’t control us. We aid others by:

– Financially supporting deserving nonprofits through a grant application cycle
– Providing education, opportunity, and healing in the outdoors
– Introducing new and recycled medical device technology to underserved communities of the countries we climb in.
– Evenly distributing funding among well-known climbing destinations and lesser known mountains

Climbing for a Cause Initiative

The Seven Summits Project

May 27-June 18 2020

Denali (20, 310 ft), The Highest Point In North America

TBD December 2020

Mt. Vinson (Antartica) and the South Pole

TIMELINE

  • August 2008

     

    Joined Marine Corps; Attached to units HMH 465, HMH 461, and HMH 362 as helicopter door gunner and airframes mechanic

  • January – August 2011

    Deployment to Afghanistan HMH 465/461

     

    January – August 2011

  • January – June 23, 2012

     

    Deployment to Afghanistan HMH 362; combat meritoriously promoted to Sergeant; injured June 23, 2012

  • May 2014

    Medically retired from Marine Corps

     

    May 2014

  • August – November 2015

     

    Walks 1,000 miles throughout England, Scotland, and Wales in honor of 25 Marines who are no longer with us; also to raise awareness for British non-profit, Walking with the Wounded

  • March 2017

    Summits Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft., highest point in Africa) while supporting non-profit, The Waterboys

     

    March 2017

  • July 2017

     

    Summits Carstenzs (16,030 ft., highest point in Oceania) with non-profit The Heroes Project

  • November 2017

    Completes Everest Base Camp trek to collect logistics for summit attempt in 2019

     

    November 2017

  • February 2018

     

    Summits Iliniza Norte (16,818 ft, located in Ecuador), Attempts Cotopaxi (19,347 ft, Ecuador)

  • June 2018

    Attempts Denali (20,310 ft, highest point in North America) in support of non-profit Building Homes for Heroes

     

    June 2018

  • September 2018

     

    Summits Elbrus, 18, 510 ft (located in Russia, highest point in Europe) in support of non-profit GLAM4GOOD

  • February 2019

    Summits Aconcagua, 22,841 ft (the highest point in South America) in support of non-profit MVP

     

    February 2019

  • May 2019

     

    Attempts Mt. Everest; Makes it to the South Summit in support of non-profits Warfighter Made and Center for Disabled Children’s Assistance

  • September 2019

    Summits Cotopaxi, 19,347 ft, in support of non-profit Range of Motion Project

     

    September 2019

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

THE STATS

As of 1/1/2020

178

Individuals Supported Through Our Programming

8

Organizations Supported Through Our Grants

$46,698.31

Funding Distributed Through Grants

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