Support Orienteering USA

As the national governing body of the sport, Orienteering USA’s vision is to create a single, unified orienteering community…an Orienteering Nation. A community committed to filling the forests, the woods, the parks and the fields with new, enthusiastic orienteers.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your support to help orienteering continue to grow.

How You Can Give

We have established two easy ways for you to give: online or by mail.Family orienteering together

  • Giving Online

    For your convenience, Orienteering USA now features online giving. Making a donation is fast and easy, and when you make your donation, we will send you an acknowledgment in the mail for tax purposes. Click the 'Donate' button below to make a donation on a secure server. To designate a memorial and/or honorary gift, or direct a donation to specific uses, use the comment box on the form. Thank you for your support.

    Note: Orienteering USA uses PayPal for this secure transaction.  The transaction will appear on your statement as PayPal *O-USA. A very small part of your donation goes to PayPal as a processing fee.
  • Mailing Your Gift

    If you prefer, you can mail donations (payable to United States Orienteering Federation, Inc.) to:

    Orienteering USA
    P.O. Box 1444
    Forest Park, GA 30298-1444

Note: Orienteering USA (also known as the United States Orienteering Federation, Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charity, EIN 54-0913876.  Donations qualify as charitable contributions if you itemize deductions on your income tax return. All donation requests are intended for our membership.

Where Will Your Donation Be Used?

Giving Where the Need Is Greatest

By giving to where Orienteering USA’s need is greatest, you provide the organization with the flexibility to invest your donation where it will make the most impact.  It could be to: develop and support a new club, grow orienteering among different types of youth groups across the country, develop environmental impact studies, provide services for our clubs, create new and update old maps, and much more.

Giving to Team USA

Every year, Orienteering USA sends dozens of athletes abroad to compete in World Orienteering Championships in the disciplines of Foot, Ski and Trail Orienteering.  Our athletes are required to provide at least 50% of their funding in order to represent the United States abroad.  They need your help.

By directing your gift to Team USA, you can help these athletes perform at the highest level.  When you choose to support Team USA, please direct your gift to one or more of the following squads: Senior Team, Junior Team, Mountain Bike Team, World University Orienteering Championships Team, Ski Orienteering Team, Trail Orienteering Team.

Giving to the Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund is the long-term investment vehicle for Orienteering USA. Funds from lifetime memberships and directed donations are invested by the Fund and a portion of the returns are distributed to Orienteering USA each year to help with operating expenses.
Since it was created in 2002 the fund has grown from $52,070 to over $100,000 today. Essentially, the Endowment Fund has doubled in size since 2002, while paying out over $26,000 to support Orienteering USA operations.
Over the long term, the goal of the Endowment Fund is to grow significantly through increased donations and investment returns.  These monies can then be used to provide a sizeable amount to Orienteering USA on an annual basis to support annual expenses.

Why should I donate to the Endowment Fund?

Funds are directly used to support U.S. orienteering activities.  There are no large fundraising or overhead costs that reduce your intended gift. In addition:
  • Possible tax benefits: You may be entitled to an itemized deduction for your charitable contribution of cash. The donation of a stock holding can give you a deduction for the entire appreciated value while avoiding capital gains taxes. Tremendous tax benefits can result from taking the time to carefully plan your charitable gifts.
  • Help secure the long-term financial stability of U.S. orienteering and its programs
  • Provide your lasting legacy for the sport that has given you and your family a lifetime of great memories and friendships

How do I find out more about the Endowment Fund?

You can contact any of the Fund Directors listed below for additional information. Annual reports for the Endowment Fund are also available (all in PDF format):

    Endowment Fund Officers
    Charles Ferguson* (usofrnr [at]
    President and Director
    Thomas Overbaugh (toverbaugh [at]
    Secretary and Director
    Shelley Pennington (spngtn [at]
    Treasurer and Director
    Tim Parson (tparson [at]
    Mike Minium (mikeminium [at]
    * Charles Ferguson also serves as Education and Public Information Director
    and  Liaison to the Orienteering USA Board
    W. Mikell Platt (mikell [at]
    Investment Advisor
    Catherine Ann Yekenevicz (cycpa [at]

    Other Giving Opportunities

    • Major Gifts:
      Over the past few years, Orienteering USA has benefited from major gifts in the five- and six-figure range.  Some of these were for one year and some for multiple years.  In each case Orienteering USA worked with the donor to develop customized programs.  Whether it is funding starts and membership or the transition to professional staff, Orienteering USA will work with you to develop effective programming.
    • Planned Giving:
      Perhaps you would like to remember the sport of orienteering and Orienteering USA with a planned gift.  Your gift will secure the long-term growth of the sport, and should you choose to do so, preserve your legacy.  Orienteering USA and our directors of the Endowment Fund will work with you and your financial professionals to craft the proper plan.
    • The Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award:
      This $1,000 award is presented annually to two young orienteers who embody the spirit of longtime contributor to the sport, Iain Wilson. Click to learn more about how you can support the award.

    Contact Orienteering USA Executive Director Glen Schorr at (410) 802-1125 or for more information on these giving opportunities.

    Photo credits: Family pictures by Julie Keim, all others by Eddie Bergeron

    Orienteering USA Board of Directors

    last updated 7 May 2014