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Brown Girls Climb: BGC Marketplace

A social enterprise providing a shopping platform for the next generation of outdoor recreationalists.

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Project Description

 

WHO IS BROWN GIRLS CLIMB?

Brown Girls Climb (BGC) is a for profit social enterprise which strives to facilitate mentorship, provide access, uplift leadership, and celebrate representation in the outdoors and climbing for People of the Global Majority. Our process is adaptive and emergent with a focus on building equitable and just relationships in all the efforts we commit to, including meet-ups and mentorship, resource sharing and redistribution, and employment and industry practices. For the past five years, Brown Girls Climb has been made possible through a tremendous effort by Black and Brown women volunteers from our national and local leadership team and grew very quickly from an instagram to a community. Our community is wide and diverse and so are our needs. 

The Brown Girls Climb Team, Partnerships & Collaborations, and Quick Facts

 

 

 
CURRENT CHALLENGE (Capitalism & Wealth Inequity of course but here’s the details…)

Brown Girls Climb is a small startup which has been run by a number of volunteers the past few years while the foundation was being built. We are in a position now to grow but need seed money and real investment to do so  . Without investment, we are at risk of closing our operation entirely as we cannot continue to operate ethically without compensation for those doing this labor. As an offering for your investment, we are developing a great new tool to help support you and your journey.  There are a lot of challenges in the industry and representation on an industry level is one of them. 

Over the years, BGC has partnered with a wide variety of outdoor retailers and brands (large and small). After three years of research, we’ve discovered that there is currently no outdoor retailer offering a values based approach to shopping. Here are the issues:

 

  1. Limited BIPOC, Women, Non-Binary, and Queer owned companies are carried at outdoor retailers and finding outdoor industry and sports related products are difficult to find in existing affinity based directory platforms, particularly from an intersectional lens.
  2. Identifying companies that are investing in social and environmental good is a challenge which has historically been done through word of mouth recommendations. 
  3. Specialized gear and apparel, particularly for Disabled, Plus Size/Fat/Curvy, and Non-Binary communities, are notoriously difficult to find and limited brands may carry them.

 

OUR BIG IDEA

As a social enterprise, we navigate the capitalistic society we live in the best we can with the goal of redistributing funds and reducing harm where possible. We believe that everyone’s dollar can be a powerful tool for transformative investment and change and that’s why we created the BGC Marketplace.

 

 

 

THE DETAILS

The BGC Marketplace incorporates search filters beyond what you find in a typical retailer. We offer an option for you to filter brands by your values because let’s face it - the details matter. Search options include: Ownership (BIPOC, Women & Non-Binary (NB), and LGBTQIA2+), Fit & Style (Adaptive, Gender Inclusive, Plus Size), and Corporate Responsibility (Environmental & Social initiatives) 
 

HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS

We’re asking for help. If we do not reach our goal, we will need to close our operations.

Our work has always centered around the people. This campaign is no different. We’ve made intentional efforts over the years to provide resources, services, and events that serve the people we reach and we want to continue that effort.

We’re asking for a year’s worth of funding to support:

  • Staff positions: CEO/Director will be hired internally but all other positions will be open to the public
  • Operational costs: Improved software for growing membership and BGC Marketplace updates and management
  • Consulting fees: To help optimize marketplace inclusion efforts and tools
  • Deliverables: Raw cost involved with completing this crowdfunding project

 

Goal #1: $85,000 - To staff full time and consulting positions to manage BGC Marketplace,  memberships, and outreach initiatives and support shipping deliverables.

Goal #2: $100,000 - Cover website, software, and insurance updates for BGC Marketplace

Goal #3: $120,000 - Additional funds raised will be used to employ more community members to further support expanding operations.





 

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT

We are so grateful for anyways you and your friends can support. Below are three options to get involved with this campaign. 

  1. Become an annual member! (You can also see the Trail Blazer support section for a discounted membership!)
  2. Donate to this campaign (see rewards on the right hand side) ​​​​​.
  3. Share this campaign & help us spread the word!

If you are a company or small business and would like to be featured on the BGC Marketplace, please visit the FAQs section.

 


 

RISKS & CHALLENGES

Running a small business, especially as Women of Color, is always a challenge. We hope that your support can give us the foundation we need to meet the growing needs. There are always unexpected challenges and costs in new projects. We expect issues around language and accountability for partnerships and plan to incorporate options for transparency, review and feedback for the companies and entrepreneurs we feature so we can continue to reflect the needs of the community as best as possible. As we update our software and operations, timing for deliverables may also be a challenge. We’d also love to incorporate a commitment to annual donations for Land Back and others initiatives. Land and resource distribution is a responsibility of all outdoor companies. Lastly, meeting this goal will take a lot of support from each of you. Please share, share, share and spread the word. 

With much gratitude and love, 

The BGC Fam 

 

 

 

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

1.  Who can shop on the BGC Marketplace?

Anyone & Everyone! We’re designing the BGC Marketplace so everyone can invest more wisely into supporting people and planet initiatives. We hope this can be used as a tool to encourage small business growth among small businesses, promote the need for diverse product development, and help hold corporations accountable to responsible and sustainable business practices. 

 

2.  Will BGC Marketplace hold inventory?

No. The BGC Marketplace will function as an online directory at this stage, allowing customers to view the brands that 1. Sell the products they are looking for 2. Align with the values they prioritize. Outside of any BGC branded products, sales will be direct from the partner businesses. 

 

3.  When will beta testing start?

Depending on whether or not we reach our goal, beta testing should start in August after the campaign. Our hope is to have folks explore the website, the functions, layout, and the language of the website so we can make necessary improvements before a public launch.

 

4.  When will the BGC Marketplace be open to the public?

If we are able to get the funding we need to support positions that manage the site and BGC operations, we hope to publicly launch the website in November after feedback from beta testing is incorporated.

 

5.  When will I receive my rewards?

It depends! We hope to start shipping stickers and shirts in August but expect to continue through the fall. Depending on if there are higher reward levels and how many funders support, products may not be sent out until a couple of months after the campaign. We will update our supporters as this information is clarified.

 

6. What happens if the goal isn’t reached?

If we are unable to reach our goal, BGC will be forced to significantly scale down our operations and outreach. Our main goal is to support at least one staff member with a comfortable living wage. If we are unable to employ at least one person full time, we will need to reevaluate our memberships, the BGC Marketplace, and events & meet-ups to accommodate for this change. 

 

7. I am a business and would like to be on the BGC Marketplace, who should I contact?

If you are a BIPOC, Queer, Woman or Non-Binary entrepreneur or small business and would like to be included in the marketplace, we would love to share your company on our page email: info@browngirlsclimb.com

If you provide mutual aid for recycled or used outdoor gear or apparel, we’d also love to share your work email: info@browngirlsclimb.com 

If you are a corporation or company that is creating products that meet a diverse audience or committed to social and environmental initiatives, annual rates to be featured on the marketplace are available email: info@browngirlsclimb.com.

 

 

 

Sabrina Claros
07/30/2021
Art that Uplifts! (Preorder)
$35
07/30/2021
Art that Uplifts! (Preorder)
$35
Willard Morgan
07/30/2021
Trailblazer
$50
Lauren
07/30/2021
Beta Tester
$5
Lillian Peterson
07/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$1,000
Tatum
07/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$5
Lucero Garcia
07/30/2021
Trailblazer
$50
Ally Draime
07/30/2021
Art that Uplifts! (Preorder)
$35
Carrie Deitz
07/30/2021
Art that Uplifts! (Preorder)
$35
07/30/2021
Summit Seeker
$100
Monetary Contribution

We strive to practice community over competition in everything we do. No matter the amount, your contribution is in an investment in changing the outdoor industry. Your support goes towards:

Investing in Brown Girls Climb helps us create:

  • Inclusive employment opportunities for BIPOC folks in the outdoors
  • An inclusive platform for EVERYONE in the outdoors to shop their values 
  • A directory with alternative BIPOC,  mutual aid, and sustainable alternatives for outdoor gear & apparel
  • Expanded services to create a more accessible outdoors and industry

If you are a brand or company interested in joining the BGC Marketplace, please see FAQs or email info@browngirlsclimb.com

 

203 Supporters
Select this reward
5.00 USD
Beta Tester

Beta Test with the Best

This is an easy way to get involved with the future of BGC Market! As a Beta Tester, you will gain private access to the BGC Marketplace with the option of providing community feedback to help us get ready for the public launch later in the year! This sneak peek will provide you with influence over how the platform is optimized for accessibility, readability, and design.

99 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Rocks Star Support

Beta Tester + Custom Sticker package

In addition to beta test access, you will also receive a custom sticker package which includes:

Brown Girls Climb logo sticker

Rep one of your favorite outdoor brands with this custom logo sticker

Custom Brittney Butler BGC Collaborative Design Sticker “Dynamism”

“The woman in the design is dynamic and powerful. She flowed past the crux and through the barriers presented to her with finesse...We may not send that dyno every time, but when we try, those who love Brown and Black joy will be there to sustain our glow and encourage us - including Brown Girls Climb.”

 

234 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Trailblazer

Beta Test Access + Custom Sticker + Premium Membership

In addition to our Rock Star Package, you will also receive an annual Premium Membership.

Our memberships are tailored for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Allies alike to provide support and community through private access to:

  • Online events
  • Community forums
  • BGC Marketplace discounts
  • And more!

Join the community today and meet community near you!

 

160 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Summit Seeker

Beta Test Access + Custom Sticker + Annual Membership + Custom T shirt

In addition to our Trail Blazer package, you will also receive a custom T-shirt with an original Karen Ceballos collaborative design exclusive for Brown Girls Climb! 

T-shirt Details:

100% SWEATSHOP FREE and Platinum WRAP Certified distributor

Unisex sizes up to 5XL

 

240 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
Private Half Day Rock Climbing Course

Private Half-day Intro to Rock Climbing Course with 57 Hours

Discover the thrill of climbing and see what rock climbing is all about. Get a hang of the basics and learn new skills with a privately guided session. Challenge yourself and do it under the watchful eye of your expert)mountain guide. Reward is available for one spot on a course.

The lesson can be booked in many locations including Colorado or the Gunks, and it is a perfect way to get a taste of the rock climbing world. Please note that this is not a BIPOC guided course but is offered as a way to drive support to  our crowdfunding. There is a possibility to worth with a BIPOC guide on their team. 

A description of 57 Hours company: 
At 57hours we help people pursue life outdoors by connecting adventure sport lovers with certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Whether it’s the guides using our app to list their services and run their businesses or the clients that book their adventures through our platform, we strive to help people make the most out of the time they get to spend outside. We see 57hours benefiting everyone involved: guides, clients, local communities, and our environment, which everyone can agree is awesome — because the more time spent playing responsibly outdoors, the better.

 

To learn more about 57 hours and their mission visit: https://57hours.com/our-mission/

1 Supporter
None available
179.00 USD
Patagonia Ascensionist 35L

Help support and get a great pack!

More functional than ever, the Ascensionist Pack 35L is the Goldilocks of alpine climbing packs—big enough to get you into the mountains, yet small enough to climb with.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

1 Supporter
None available
119.00 USD
Patagonia Altvia Pack 22L

Help support BGC and get a great pack 

This midsize daypack stores your walkabout necessities and features a highly breathable back panel and shoulder straps; extra pockets include externals on the top and the front. Made of rugged 100% recycled nylon.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

Learn more about the pack here.

 

1 Supporter
None available
169.00 USD
Craigsmith 32L

This crag pack’s versatile design allows easy access through the top or back panel.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

Read more about the pack here.

1 Supporter
None available
159.00 USD
Black Hole Duffel 70L

Support BGC and sport this great pack!

Perfect for gearheads, the Black Hole® Duffel 70L easily swallows a week’s worth of stuff and is made with 100% recycled body fabric, lining and webbing.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

To learn more about this pack, visit their site here.

 

1 Supporter
None available
200.00 USD
Union x Jordan Delta Zoom

*****LIMITED & EXCLUSIVE OFFER****

We have 25 pairs of Union x Jordan Delta Zooms!

Read more about Union and their Spread Love Campaign which provides support to other Black and Brown-owned businesses and culturally-focused organizations - like Brown Girls Climb

Union has donated these shoes EXCLUSIVE to our lovely supporters!

Sizes: 8 men's and up (add your size in the comments)

FYI: They've never released these pairs so they are very special!!!

Shoutout to our friends at Union for hookin it up!

*Shipping not included

-1 Left
25 Supporters
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

We strive to practice community over competition in everything we do. No matter the amount, your contribution is in an investment in changing the outdoor industry. Your support goes towards:

Investing in Brown Girls Climb helps us create:

  • Inclusive employment opportunities for BIPOC folks in the outdoors
  • An inclusive platform for EVERYONE in the outdoors to shop their values 
  • A directory with alternative BIPOC,  mutual aid, and sustainable alternatives for outdoor gear & apparel
  • Expanded services to create a more accessible outdoors and industry

If you are a brand or company interested in joining the BGC Marketplace, please see FAQs or email info@browngirlsclimb.com

 

203 Supporters
Select this reward
5.00 USD
Beta Tester

Beta Test with the Best

This is an easy way to get involved with the future of BGC Market! As a Beta Tester, you will gain private access to the BGC Marketplace with the option of providing community feedback to help us get ready for the public launch later in the year! This sneak peek will provide you with influence over how the platform is optimized for accessibility, readability, and design.

99 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Rocks Star Support

Beta Tester + Custom Sticker package

In addition to beta test access, you will also receive a custom sticker package which includes:

Brown Girls Climb logo sticker

Rep one of your favorite outdoor brands with this custom logo sticker

Custom Brittney Butler BGC Collaborative Design Sticker “Dynamism”

“The woman in the design is dynamic and powerful. She flowed past the crux and through the barriers presented to her with finesse...We may not send that dyno every time, but when we try, those who love Brown and Black joy will be there to sustain our glow and encourage us - including Brown Girls Climb.”

 

234 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Trailblazer

Beta Test Access + Custom Sticker + Premium Membership

In addition to our Rock Star Package, you will also receive an annual Premium Membership.

Our memberships are tailored for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Allies alike to provide support and community through private access to:

  • Online events
  • Community forums
  • BGC Marketplace discounts
  • And more!

Join the community today and meet community near you!

 

160 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Summit Seeker

Beta Test Access + Custom Sticker + Annual Membership + Custom T shirt

In addition to our Trail Blazer package, you will also receive a custom T-shirt with an original Karen Ceballos collaborative design exclusive for Brown Girls Climb! 

T-shirt Details:

100% SWEATSHOP FREE and Platinum WRAP Certified distributor

Unisex sizes up to 5XL

 

240 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
Private Half Day Rock Climbing Course

Private Half-day Intro to Rock Climbing Course with 57 Hours

Discover the thrill of climbing and see what rock climbing is all about. Get a hang of the basics and learn new skills with a privately guided session. Challenge yourself and do it under the watchful eye of your expert)mountain guide. Reward is available for one spot on a course.

The lesson can be booked in many locations including Colorado or the Gunks, and it is a perfect way to get a taste of the rock climbing world. Please note that this is not a BIPOC guided course but is offered as a way to drive support to  our crowdfunding. There is a possibility to worth with a BIPOC guide on their team. 

A description of 57 Hours company: 
At 57hours we help people pursue life outdoors by connecting adventure sport lovers with certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Whether it’s the guides using our app to list their services and run their businesses or the clients that book their adventures through our platform, we strive to help people make the most out of the time they get to spend outside. We see 57hours benefiting everyone involved: guides, clients, local communities, and our environment, which everyone can agree is awesome — because the more time spent playing responsibly outdoors, the better.

 

To learn more about 57 hours and their mission visit: https://57hours.com/our-mission/

1 Supporter
None available
179.00 USD
Patagonia Ascensionist 35L

Help support and get a great pack!

More functional than ever, the Ascensionist Pack 35L is the Goldilocks of alpine climbing packs—big enough to get you into the mountains, yet small enough to climb with.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

1 Supporter
None available
119.00 USD
Patagonia Altvia Pack 22L

Help support BGC and get a great pack 

This midsize daypack stores your walkabout necessities and features a highly breathable back panel and shoulder straps; extra pockets include externals on the top and the front. Made of rugged 100% recycled nylon.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

Learn more about the pack here.

 

1 Supporter
None available
169.00 USD
Craigsmith 32L

This crag pack’s versatile design allows easy access through the top or back panel.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

Read more about the pack here.

1 Supporter
None available
159.00 USD
Black Hole Duffel 70L

Support BGC and sport this great pack!

Perfect for gearheads, the Black Hole® Duffel 70L easily swallows a week’s worth of stuff and is made with 100% recycled body fabric, lining and webbing.

64% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials.

To learn more about this pack, visit their site here.

 

1 Supporter
None available
200.00 USD
Union x Jordan Delta Zoom

*****LIMITED & EXCLUSIVE OFFER****

We have 25 pairs of Union x Jordan Delta Zooms!

Read more about Union and their Spread Love Campaign which provides support to other Black and Brown-owned businesses and culturally-focused organizations - like Brown Girls Climb

Union has donated these shoes EXCLUSIVE to our lovely supporters!

Sizes: 8 men's and up (add your size in the comments)

FYI: They've never released these pairs so they are very special!!!

Shoutout to our friends at Union for hookin it up!

*Shipping not included

-1 Left
25 Supporters
None available