EIN 82-0512146

Higher Ground (HG)

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Higher Ground Sun Valley enhances quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities. They give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience recreation and the outdoors without limitations.
Also known as...
Higher Ground Sun Valley; Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Program
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Higher Ground Sun Valley, Inc. (hg) military program uses therapeutic recreation to facilitate a change in perspective, giving injured service members the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for a successful reintegration into their families and home communities. Hg is recognized as one of the premier rehabilitation programs in the country by the department of defense, military medical centers, and veteran service organizations. Hg serves military personnel and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (tbis), post traumatic stress disorders (ptsd) and other trauma. With military program chapters in buffalo, ny, los angeles, ca and Sun Valley, id, hg currently hosts twenty one-week long therapeutic sports camps annually, each completely free of charge to veterans and their supporters. Our highly trained staff strategically implements activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life. Hg commits to at least three years of follow-up care, helping each participant connect to local resources and successfully reintegrate into his or her home community. The unique hg continuum of care includes a reintegration budget to help each member of our military family realize their individual goals.
Higher Ground Sun Valley, Inc. (hg) recreation programs include both summer and winter recreation programs.summer recreation program: services children, teens, and adults in the wood river Valley with physical and cognitive disabilities. The only program of its kind in the Valley, hg provides a unique setting for individuals who otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in everyday experiences. These include summer camps, field trips, off-road handcycling, adaptive road cycling, paddleboarding, and fishing. A staff of professionals trained in the fields of recreational therapy and adaptive physical education, as well as highly experienced counselors, focus on helping our participants develop life skills through therapeutic activities, projects and challenges. Winter recreation program: primarily focuses on alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, and nordic skiing. The goal of this 5-month program is to provide individual instruction that increases the participant's ability to a level where he or she can enjoy snow sports at the highest-possible integrated setting. Participants learn physical and communication skills to apply at home and school; snow sport goals are also set for individuals in order to track progress throughout the season. Hg serves children, teens, and adults with all types of physical and cognitive disabilities. The program staff of professional ski instructors of america certified ski/snowboard instructors and volunteers work closely with the blaine county school district and Idaho school for the deaf and blind (isdb) to incorporate structured lessons as a beneficial recreational activity into their school days. In partnership with Sun Valley company and other local businesses, hg is able to offer all blaine county residents with disabilities a ski/snowboard equipment lease package, a season's mountain pass, and personalized instruction all free of charge. Hg is proud to be the sole adaptive snowsports concessionaire for Sun Valley resort for local and out of town participants.

Who funds Higher Ground (HG)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Ambrose Monell FoundationHigher Ground Veterans Program$75,000
Koret FoundationBay Area Veterans in the Military Program$70,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$53,831
...and 50 more grants received totalling $776,911

Personnel at HG

Katherine WeiheExecutive Director$112,500
Rich CardilloDirector of Veteran Programs / Director of Operations
Aly EaganDirector of Finance.
Erin RheinschildDirector of Philanthropy
Alaina WilsonDirector of Veteran Programs, HGSV
...and 23 more key personnel

Financials for HG

RevenuesFYE 04/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$3,959,839
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$404
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$-19,999
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$207,299
Net income from fundraising events$23,310
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$4,170,853

Form 990s for HG

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-042022-04-07990View PDF
2020-042021-04-06990View PDF
2019-042020-09-16990View PDF
2018-042019-04-16990View PDF
2017-042018-03-14990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
January 31, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 13 new grant, including a grant for $70,000 from Koret Foundation
May 22, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
May 21, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 22 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from Fulk Family Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Civic / social organizationsSports competitionsSports organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Human servicesChildrenDevelopmentally disabledSports
Fundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
PO Box 6791
Ketchum, ID 83340
Blaine County, ID
Website URL
(208) 726-9298
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
N70: Amateur Sports Competitions
NAICS code, primary
813410: Civic and Social Organizations
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