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Your support allows 100% of donations to impact lives of young children battling life-threatening health issues. It allows Keep Climbing Foundation to host fundraising events year-round for the most vulnerable among us.

Keep Climbing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves children by hosting fundraising mountain climbs for various charities year-round. Our mission is to help both our climbers and our beneficiaries reach their personal summits by supporting them as they overcome life’s obstacles.

Since 2015, we’ve raised more than $435,000. And thanks to the generous support of The Home Loan Expert, Hero Loan, and other corporate sponsors, 100% of our participant donations go directly to the charities we support.

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Sponsorship Opportunities for our 10th Annual Climb for the Kids

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000+

  1. Company name & logo prominently displayed on all event pages, signage, and summit flags.
  2. Recognition on social media platforms, website, and email marketing for all events.
  3. Recognition on event films.
  4. Opportunity to provide items or gear for events.

Summit Flag Sponsor: $2,500

  1. Company name & logo displayed on all summit flags, event pages, and event signage.
  2. Recognition on social media platforms and website for all events.
  3. Opportunity to provide items or gear for events.

Base Camp Sponsor: $1,500

  1. Social media announcement of sponsorship.
  2. Logo placement on KCF website and on all event pages.
  3. Opportunity to provide items for event day packs.

I have served on the Keep Climbing Foundation board for several years and have participated in numerous climbs. Additionally, I have planned and guided teams to some remarkable summits. I can attest firsthand to the incredible work the foundation does and the profound impact of the funds raised in changing children’s lives.

Lance McOlgan
KCF Board Member

Meet Our Board

Ryan Kelley, KCF President

In 2015, Ryan Kelley began climbing mountains to raise money and awareness for children battling cancer. This annual “Climb for the Kids” initiative grew steadily, leading to the launch of the Keep Climbing Foundation in 2021. The Annual Climb for the Kids now lives in the foundation and will continue for years to come. As a full 501(c)(3) non-profit, the foundation hosts several climbs each year, raising significant funds and awareness for children facing life-threatening diseases. To date, our climbs have raised nearly $500,000, making a profound impact on the lives of many families.

Ryan has led teams on numerous climbs, including Mount Rainier (twice), The Grand Teton, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Radio Control Tower & Angie’s Wall in Denali National Park, and several of Colorado’s 14ers. He has also guided teams on multi-day hikes along the Appalachian Trail.

In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Ryan has had a highly successful career in the mortgage industry, winning several National Top Producer Awards. His company/brand, The Home Loan Expert, has generously funded much of the impactful work of the Keep Climbing Foundation.

Ryan lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.

Keith Austin, KCF Executive Director

Keith led the Keep Climbing Foundation as the Executive Director as the foundation was first gaining momentum. His efforts contributed to the foundation raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s health and our military through fundraising events all over the Americas. Under his leadership, the foundation won the St. Jude New Event of the Year award and debuted a documentary film, Keep Climbing, that was nominated for a film festival. 

As an outdoor product consultant, he works with clients to develop and field test innovative products. His product experience kicked off while developing innovative gear for YETI years ago. He combines his passion for the outdoors, his business acumen of working with executives developing financial and business strategy, and his experience developing products to serve clients and help children in need. He has an MBA from University of New Mexico. 

David “Poko” Pokorny, KCF Board Member

David “Poko” Pokorny is a runner and endurance enthusiast whose love for the Earth is equaled by his passion for helping kids.  Poko is an advocate for charity and a veteran of several Climb for the Kids teams including the 2023 Rim to Rim to Rim Challenge. 

Poko spent most of his career as the marketing director for FOX Sports Midwest.  He began combining major endurance challenges with charity advocacy in 2006 when Poko biked from St. Louis to Manitou Springs and raced the Pikes Peak Marathon for Polycystic Kidney Disease.  He created and led fundraising cycling teams for Girls On The Run and the 14er Challenge weekend summiting Massive and Elbert in Colorado. In 2022 Poko was a Keep Climbing Foundation Champion for Girls On The Run St. Louis combing several challenges including biking from San Diego to El Paso and running the Mustang Nepal Trail Race (170km) and Inca Trail Marathon (42km). 

Tracy Kelley – KCF Secretary/Treasurer

Tracy Kelley has been deeply involved with Climb for the Kids and the Keep Climbing Foundation since its inception. As Ryan Kelley’s wife, Tracy has played a crucial role in organizing the climbs, communicating with supporters, and managing the home front during Ryan’s adventures.

In 2023, Tracy took on the role of Secretary/Treasurer for the foundation. She is responsible for all bookkeeping and client relations, ensuring the smooth operation of the foundation’s activities. Tracy has a remarkable gift for caring for others, a quality she brings to the foundation every day.

Our Charitable Partners

100% of money raised by participants go to support children’s causes.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Fisher House Foundation

An organization that has served over 400,000 families since its inception, Fisher House is focused on supporting military and veteran families in a variety of ways, including providing comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.

Team Alec Forever

Team Alec Forever’s  mission is to financially help childhood cancer families with end of life expenses, who are treated in the St. Louis area. No one should ever have to go through this. Our greatest wish is for this to never again be needed. Our prayer will ALWAYS be for a world without childhood cancer. We continue to fight for that to become reality. Until then, we will fund raise to financially support families going through this horrible disease. Surviving the loss of a child is hard enough. Help us, help these families in memory of Alec Ingram.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) believes when families are together, they cope better, and that no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone. The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

First Descents

First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18 – 39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

Girls on the Run St. Louis

Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Friends of Kids with Cancer

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases.

Crowns Fight Cancer

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation works jointly on the legacy that Elizabeth established with Crowns Fight Cancer. As a childhood cancer warrior, Elizabeth advocated for those that couldn’t by utilizing her crown to change how the world viewed pediatric cancer.

Girls on the Run Rockies

Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation

Focused not just on the health of kids today but on the long-term health of the communities it serves.

Fight DMD

Funds research to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that weakens the muscles over time.

Presenting Sponsors

These generous organizations make it possible for 100% of donations to go to the causes we support.

The Home Loan Expert

A mortgage lending team on the road to a national footprint, offering best-in-class customer service and great rates.

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Hero Loan

Hero Loan is all about service and support. For the men and women that have given their service, Hero Loan prides itself in serving veterans and military families to get the home loans they deserve.

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Gear Partners

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Thank you to our gear sponsor! Hyperlite Mountain Gear is a community of like-minded backcountry athletes who share a passion for the quiet sports and the transcendence of remote wilderness. Most importantly it is a collective who subscribes to the belief that having the right gear–nothing more than one needs to achieve success, and nothing less than is necessary to do so comfortably, safely, and precisely–results in a transformational outdoor experience.


Since 2009 Helinox has been a design-first company, focused exclusively on bringing comfort outdoors so you can be At Home, Anywhere.

Furniture should be built to travel, so we’ve designed ours to be portable, durable and beautiful as well as comfortable. This means you can relax when you’re backpacking deep in the woods, sitting on an urban rooftop, lounging at the beach, car camping, or simply hanging out in the backyard. So lightweight and compact, you’ll want to bring your own chair to any adventure or gathering.

Sawyer Products

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water and injuries. They have a mission to create best-in-class products that offer better days in nature. This higher standard also applies to charitable giving. Since millions don’t have access to clean drinking water, they donate filters to save lives, helping 140 charities in more than 80 countries.


In 2006, YETI Coolers was founded with a simple mission: build the cooler you’d use every day if it existed. Today, YETI products perform when it matters most – whether that be an excursion into the remote Alaskan wilderness, chasing redfish on the Gulf coast, or just getting together with friends in the backyard.  They believe the more time we spend outside, the more we understand our responsibility to protect the places we love.


KÜHL proudly remains one of the few privately owned and independent companies in the outdoor space, allowing them to stay true to their customers, providing the highest quality products possible.  They are here to inspire you to follow your true calling, true passions, and support independents in all walks of life. They strive to produce the best outdoor products on the market; hoping that, once in the hands of valued customers, that new purchase will ignite a passion for the Great Outdoors.

Big Agnes

Big Agnes started over 20 years ago with the inspiration to build better gear to get people out camping. It was a simple idea, rooted in providing comfort to brave souls sleeping in the backcountry and keeping them on their sleeping pad. At our core, Big Agnes want to inspire you to get outside and find the same appreciation for the backcountry we have.

Organic Climbing

Bouldering is the most organic form of climbing. At Organic Climbing, USA we are committed to producing the best gear possible. Our products are designed to be functional, durable, and unique. Hand made in the U.S.A., each piece is one of-a-kind. We are an alternative to the industry mainstream. Influenced by the climbing underground, we work to promote individuality and the art of bouldering. Organic Climbing products bridge the simplicity of bouldering and timelessness of art.

Woodroad Gear

Whether you’re roping cattle, turning wrenches, going on a trail run, or just relaxing after a hard day’s work, Woodroad Gear Co. socks are designed to keep your feet comfortable and dry in all conditions (making them the perfect partner for your journey).

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Ryan Kelley
Founder of The Home Loan Expert & The Keep Climbing Foundation

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