MATCHING FUND

The LEGACY KEEPERS MATCHING FUND has been created for business partners, hiking and running clubs, and individual donors. These donors are committing to pool their gifts together as a matching challenge for our spring and end-of-year campaigns. Our goal is to motivate donors to act fast to double their impact for our cause.

TKO’s organizational growth is reliant on you, our Legacy Keepers.

In the donation form, please indicate your group affiliation by choosing the appropriate field from the drop-down menu, to ensure we can track the support you are helping raise.

The service we provide at TKO to protect and enhance the Oregon hiking experience through advocacy, stewardship, outreach, and education is only possible thanks to you and others in our community. Your gift to the Legacy Keepers Matching Fund will allow TKO to build upon the momentum from the last few years. In 2022 alone your past support allowed us to: 

  • Expanded important restoration in areas in the state impacted by wildfires

  • Host 450+ trail stewardship events for more than 2,300 volunteers 

  • Maintain more than 460,000 feet of trail and interacted with 1000s of visitors

You’ll see firsthand the direct impact you can have on Oregon’s trails in the coming year. Wherever in the state you love to hike, your support will help TKO do even more for your beloved trails in 2023 and beyond.

YOU’LL JOIN A DEDICATED GROUP OF TRAIL ADVOCATES WHO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL FUNDING FOR TKO’S WORK. JOIN US AT A BUILDERS-KEEPERS EVENT, A SITE TOUR TO WITNESS OUR STEWARDSHIP IN ACTION!

Builders-Keepers Events

We’ve all been through a lot over the last few years… Together, we’re navigating so much that we’ve never seen before. Our moments in nature are seemingly critical to reset, take the long view and hike on through these challenges. Oregon’s trails are more important than ever – to more people than ever. Increased use – plus the wildfire damage to many of our treasured areas – makes Trailkeepers of Oregon’s mission more important than ever. Big, audacious challenges lay ahead for Oregon’s trails and our programming:

  • Reimagining TKO’s OregonHikers.org and what +1.5 million page views can achieve in breaking down barriers to access to enjoy Oregon’s scenic sites near and far.

  • Providing safe & welcoming outdoor spaces through an expanding trailhead and on-trail Ambassador programming. Not all people feel safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate – TKO aims to be a part of changing that.

  • Solving gaps in trail systems across the state, through a steady support of trail maintenance and advocating for inspiring efforts like the Oregon Coast Trail, Salmonberry Trail, Columbia Gorge Towns-to-Trails and so much more.

  • Activating communities to respond to wind & fire events that threaten our access to public lands due to limited local, state and federal resources. 

Read on for more details: TKO’s mission, vision & values, as well as how we are making change to our programming and Oregon’s trails to be more safe & welcoming!

TKO Strategic Plan 2020-2030
TKO's DEI Impact Goals

A nonprofit since 2007, TKO  started tracking our trail service in 2017. Here is what we have achieved in 5 years.

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Here’s a sample of what happens when we are given the capacity to expand – Oregon Coast stewardship started in 2018, taking off in 2019!

SCALABLE GROWTH

TKO REGIONAL STEWARDSHIP HUBS

In just over 5 years, TKO now has in place 10 staff people – with regional hubs in Portland, Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, & the northern/southern Oregon Coast. The Santiam corridor east of Salem, Eugene to Roseburg in the southern Willamette Valley and the greater Prineville to Bend region are areas we see as strategic for TKO to grow our staff team’s presence. Each investment in TKO brings the possibility of staffing lifts to regions that need our support. TKO has a scalable growth plan to expand in urban regions down the Willamette Valley and connect to rural hubs to Oregon Coast and into eastern Oregon.

TKO Staff & Board

BUSINESS TIME

TKO’s First Staff Person, 2017

After 10 years a nonprofit, TKO stepped into hiring their first staff person in 2017. A capacity grant from REI Co-op made this possible, TKO implemented a donation program in July 2017. In 2 short months, a flood of support arrived with the overwhelming challenge of restoring Gorge trails from the Eagle Creek fire.

Learn More from ED Steve Kruger

Latest News

A Vision for Oregon’s River Valleys

Throughout 2023 TKO has been lucky to participate in some outstanding trail projects in the Willamette and Umpqua River Valleys. These projects, critical to maintaining and reopening trails,  allowed volunteers to grow their trail construction skills in some of Oregon’s most beautiful natural areas!

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Two volunteers in chainsaw PPE pose on trail in the gap of a freshly cut downed tree.

Trailkeepers Train the Next Generation of Sawyers

Have you caught the “saw bug” yet? Join TKO on a logout and you just might! This draw to saw work, the itch to feel the saw interact with wood as you cut, captivates many a trail crew member after just one day pulling saw. Saw work is a critical aspect of trail stewardship, and it’s this feeling that TKO has worked to inspire in emerging sawyers across Oregon. 

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A group of volunteers work along a trail winding through colorful cliffs, overlaid by the text "Legacy Builders Week 3: Nov 20th-26th, Support Central & Eastern Oregon Trails!"

Stunning Stewardship at Smith Rock

Smith Rock State Park is an outdoor recreation haven for hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, and beyond. Due to high visitation and the unique, fragile nature of the ecosystem, it is critical that the 12 trails throughout the park are well maintained. We at TKO feel very lucky to have served this special place throughout 2023, and we’re gearing up for another year!

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