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Fund the Climb Foundation

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Who We Are: We are professionals working at Basecamp Recovery Treatment and community stakeholders and volunteers who have witnessed the need for financial support experienced by individuals engaged in addiction recovery programs. These individuals often need assistance with basic living expenses and other items not reimbursed by insurance including restoration of documents, utility bills, and transportation to services- issues that could be barriers to their treatment program. We know that by providing this basic financial support, outcomes for these individuals can be improved.

What We Do: The mission of Fund the Climb Foundation is to provide financial support for patients in treatment for addiction in order to remove barriers that might stand in the way of recovery. Donations are used to advance education and prevention of substance use disorder as well as assisting with housing, transportation, nutrition & personal hygiene for those courageous enough to break the cycle of addiction and enter treatment. Support is sent directly to the appropriate provider (landlord, utility company, etc.) to ensure dollars are not diverted from their intended purpose and to ensure the individual’s needs are met in near real-time.

Why We’re Important: There is no shortage of media coverage on the ravages of addiction and mental health in our community. Overdose deaths were up 45.6% in 2020 in Franklin County with 93,000 deaths nationwide. What is lost in the conversation is the tens of thousands of individuals who seek help every day. Too often, many of these people are defeated by some of the smallest barriers that, for them, are unsurmountable - keeping otherwise willing patients from joining the millions who are enjoying successful recovery. Fund the Climb is committed to improving outcomes for patients who are participating in addiction treatment programs, but at-risk for dropping out because of ancillary financial burdens like job losses, homelessness, transportation issues, lack of access to healthcare, food and other basic needs.

How We Impact the Community: By providing support for the most basic of the hierarchical needs, Fund the Climb improves outcomes for patients who are actively engaged in addiction recovery treatment programs. The National Institute of Health estimates that every $1 invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of $12 to $1. Major savings to the individual and to society also stem from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents and illness, including overdoses and deaths.

How You Can Help: By making a donation to Fund the Climb, donors can support the basic needs of patients who are actively engaged in treatment programs. Most of us have or have considered providing financial support to someone suffering from the wreckage of addiction, whether it’s an individual on the streets or a person we love. At times, we may wonder if our “gift” will be put to good use, or simply enable them to continue their path to destruction or death. Fund the Climb Foundation offers the security of knowing that each gift will be managed and go directly to the needs of qualified patients, while providing donors with a charitable deduction for their generosity.

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3000 E. Main St., B-158

Columbus OH 43209


Executive Director: Stu Johnson

Board Chair: Dr. Robert Graessle


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