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High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   80 reviews 1,030


10775 Pioneer Trail Suite #108 Truckee CA 96161 USA


High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.


To date 42 athletes have been assisted by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation - Winter Empowerment Fund.

Target demographics:

Athletes that suffer a life-altering injury while pursuing a dream in the winter action sports.

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

United States


Winter Empowerment Fund, CR Johnson Healing Center and B.A.S.I.C.S. are the three Program Services of the High Fives Foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi5s has been a pivotal part of my recovery. The first time I spoke to Roy and Steve they told me, "year 1 we are going to focus on getting you healthy, year two we will focus on getting you back on the mountain". Up until that moment getting back on the mountain didn't even seem like on option. Now its all I think about and Hi5s has given me the resources I need to get back out there.

Thanks High Fives,

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Rating: 5 stars  

High fives has changed my life for the better. They brought my passion back into my life by enabling me to begin sit skiing. How? They flew me out west all the way from MI and connected me with Disabled Sports west. They've awarded me bodywork which has extremely improved my quality of life. Thanks Steve and Roy!

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Rating: 5 stars  

High Fives is an amazing and extremely vital organization for the SCI community. The staff is so positive and energetic that their message quickly becomes contagious. After my spinal cord injury it was so important to see other SCI survivors living full and satisfying lives. High Fives showed me examples of athletes not just surviving, but thriving and overcoming their injuries every day. The organization also connected me to those people personally and funded a large portion of my physical therapy costs so that I too could reach my goals. They are not just staff, but fellow athletes, friends and shining examples of how to grab life by the horns. High Five!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Best way to explain this foundation is, STOKE FACTORY!

My life and my families life has been positively transformed by the HIGHfivesFoundation's healing network. Through grants, camps and the CR Johnson healing centre I have been exposed to the right people and the right time, to make my recovery from spinal cord injury and HUGE success. I am eternally grateful for the work these amazing people do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi Fives has been a wonderful resource for my daughter Sally Francklyn, who was badly injured in a ski accident. They run a lean and mean operation with minimal staff, they don't use telemarketers, they don't aggressively solicit their donors. They have not only supported Sally with grants for needed services, but they have been invested in her personal success toward recovery, and, as injury survivors themselves, they have provided a personal and meaningful touch throughout her recovery.

I looked them up on a charity website and their form 990 is very clean. Salaries are low and fundraising percentages are low.

If you want to support a foundation that really helps spine and brain injured athletes, these are the guys!

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Rating: 5 stars  

High Fives has been an important part of recovery for my family member. As a winter empowerment athlete, my daughter has received therapy above and beyond what the doctors could provide. Just as important is the warm and loving personal touch we have received from all the staff there. They have really reached out to make life better.

In addition, this outfit is very lean and mean with their expenses and spending. Most of the money goes to program services, which is as it should be. Also the board all serves without pay, another plus. That means they are invested in the success of the foundation. I checked them out on an independent website(Guidestar). Really good numbers for management and overhead as a fraction of program services make me wish to contribute on my own.

They do a great job with communication. their website is up to date and their social media is also very good.

Highly recommended!

I know what I am talking about as I also served for many years in fundraisng for a non profit

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son, Barclay, was seriously injured in a ski accident February 2015. He broke his neck and back. He is paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Before his accident Barclay built a weight room in our basement that was an important space for him. A space all his own. During his rehab at Craig Hospital his team of therapist heard about this space and told us that getting Barclay back into this space was important. Our house has three floors and is built on a hill. Access to the basement over the grass in his wheelchair is extremely difficult. Friends of ours suggested that we contact the High Fives Foundation for help. We reached out to them, told them our situation and asked for help with a lift to get Barclay from the deck down to the basement. Immediately Steve and Roy gave us direction. We followed that direction and in April got a phone call saying that the foundation's board had approved our application for a grant to help fund Barclay's lift along with help with massage and acupuncture therapy. This could not have happened without their help. This was only the first step. High Fives has taken a vested interest in Barclay's progress along with the progress of all their athletes. The High Fives team knows from personal experiences what their athletes have and are going through. They want to help anyway they can. We are fortunate to have High Fives part of Barclay's future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Top notch organization. Amazing team at High Fives! Incredible people making a major impact on the recovery of injured athletes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

High Fives has supported my recovery through helping me re engage my passions for outdoor recreation. As a two time SCI survivor H5's has enabled me to raise my expectations toward recovery both physically and mentally. Skiing, surfing, biking, whatever your goal, they help you achieve. I have made lifelong friends who share their stoke for others to recover. I owe them so much. To some up High Fives in 3 words. Love, positivity, and stoke.
Mark Flounlacker High Fives Winter Empowerment Athlete

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 years ago I broke my c-2 vertebrae skiing in the Lake Tahoe backcountry. After coming out of the hospital, I was overwhelmed with hospital bills, and pretty much life itself. I was unsure what to do and how to go about my recovery. High Fives reached out to me and told me get in touch with them. High Fives was crucial in my recovery, not only were they awesome just to talk to and lend an ear, but they found me a PT and covered my therapy which I believe helped me get back on skis and doing what I love to do. High Fives goes above and beyond. I honestly can't say enough, and still feel extremely grateful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

High Fives means so much to me. after my spinal cord injury in 2010 they showed me how truly awesome life is and half stopped supported me for even a second. They are my great asset and my absolute best friends.

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