Pendleton's history of giving is part of our 100-year heritage as an American brand. We believe that by doing what we do best — weave quality products — we are able to help organizations earn much-needed funds to support their efforts. Over the decades we have worked with many fine nonprofit organizations. Following are some of our more recent affiliations.
American Indian College Fund
American Indian College Fund is a Native American organization dedicated to innovation and growth in education. The tribal colleges are more than 30 strong, serving 30,000 students — 85 percent of whom live at or below poverty level. Today the fund provides educational opportunities for American Indian students and disburses 6,000 scholarships annually.
We work closely with celebrated Native American artists from across the country to create authentic designs for our blankets — designs that honor the beliefs and traditions of our very first customers. And we donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these blankets to the American Indian College Fund to help tribal colleges throughout the country.
National Museum of The American Indian
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian opened on the National Mall in 2004. The museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history and arts.
To commemorate the opening, Pendleton Woolen Mills wove a special collectible blanket designed by Native American artist Truman Lowe. Through the sale of Indian-designed blankets, the Smithsonian Institute has earned more than $300,000 for this outstanding legacy to our country's first citizens.
Fisher House™ Program
This unique partnership supports America's military families during their most stressful times. Fisher House Foundation builds and donates "comfort homes" on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers to enable families to be close to sick or wounded service members during hospitalization. The program provides a home away from home, including gift certificates for food and staples — serving more than 8,500 families annually.
Fisher House Program also provides free airline miles through the Hero Miles Program, websites that enable faraway friends and family to be updated quickly, scholarships for children of military personnel and more.
Pendleton's Grateful Nation Blanket honors the brave men and women who have defended our freedom throughout the history of the United States. And for each blanket sold, we make a donation to Fisher House.
National Park Blankets
The National Park Foundation receives a royalty from the purchase of each national park blanket. Pendleton and our partners have donated more than $700,000 so far to support critical restoration projects in our national parks.