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I can think of four organizations right off the top of my head: The Arne Backstrom Memorial Fund, The Shane McConkey Foundation, SkiDUCK, and high fives. There’s no shortage of quality people in the Tahoe Basin, and no lack of amazing organizations doing good things for our community and the world. You’ve gotta have someone or some organization you think is worthy. Give them the acknowledgement they deserve, and nominate them to Outside Magazine for the positive difference they make!

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Send us your nominees for a special roundup of people and organizations that are making a difference and you could make our December issue.

Ever wonder where your money really goes when you give to a beloved charity? In the wake of the Greg Mortenson controversy, would-be philanthropists everywhere are wrestling with this issue. That’s whyOutside is stepping up to provide our first comprehensive Guide to Giving. At a time when we’ve got more than a tough few problems to contend with here on Earth, our December 2011 issue will shine a light on innovative thinkers and doers in the fields that most captivate Outside readers—everything from global environmentalism to ocean restoration to energy solutions to urban design to projects in far-off lands.

Tell us about innovative people and organizations whose good works have impressed you and you could make our December issue. Email us at

—Alex Heard
Editorial Director




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