The Six Parts of a Climb
The Climb Out of the Darkness is a fundraiser for Postpartum Support International, it is also a fundraiser for community and state level initiatives that support the mental health of new families.
Climb events build community. The events are free to attend and create peer support networks that stay connected all year long.
The Climb (and its leaders) use social media to recruit participants and spread our messaging. We have a Climb Leader Facebook group where we share ideas and encourage each other throughout the year.
We raise awareness by sharing statistics, news articles, research breakthroughs, personal stories, and even funny parenting memes.
In 2023, Climbs were held anytime between June 15-30 or Oct. 1-15. Official Climb weekends are June 24-25 and Oct. 7-8. You may have in-person or online events which can occur during the lead-up to Climb Weekend. Some ideas are Restaurant fundraisers, paint night, self-care or fitness workshops, and online community-building events.
We use a website for fundraising called Classy. A page needs to be made for each team and all participants need to register (free) as this gives participants access to the liability waiver.
*PSI and the Climb Staff provide support in all of these areas listed above. We encourage you to schedule a meeting with the Climb Program Manager, Emily, to discuss specifics. Schedule a meeting here.
Here’s How the Money Flows
Many of our Climbers choose to fundraise, but it is not a requirement. However, for those choosing to raise money, you can be confident that all of the funds go to support and develop deserving projects and programs in communities around the world.
How will the funds be used?
All funds raised will support the mission and vision of PSI and the Climb Out of the Darkness program. This is achieved by allocating funds to PSI Central to support its programs, to the PSI State Chapter (if there is one), or to a state-specific grant fund if a Climb takes place in a state without a PSI Chapter.
Funds raised are divided equally between the State Chapter and PSI Central. Of the funds kept by the PSI Central, (half up to $100,000) will be distributed to local efforts in the form of grants to local programs and organizations who support the perinatal mental health of parents, and half will be used to support PSI’s mission and vision by funding its programs.