Donate to Support Kismet Youth

Kismet Rock Foundation nourishes the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of rural and urban children throughout New England before they enter their formative teen years. Our success in redirecting the path and supporting the potential of children is accomplished by providing a comprehensive education in technical rock climbing within the context of a stable and loving family-like atmosphere. Your contributions make this possible, thank you!

25 Years of Kismet Rock Foundation

Kismet is an extremely important part of my life. For the 3 years I have been in person I have learned so many life lessons. I have made so many friends and I will never love anything the way I love Kismet. It has its own unique place in my heart. – 2023 Graduate

Dear Friend,

This year we will celebrate 25 years of Kismet Rock Foundation. In the summer of 1999, founder Mike Jewell wanted to do his part to enhance the lives of youth who had few opportunities. His expertise was rock climbing, something that changed his life. Because of his actions, and the support of many, it has changed the lives of over 350 students throughout the years. One student wrote to Mike, “ inspires me that you had the smallest idea and it developed into this truly wonderful program.

In honor of this milestone year, Trustee Jim Torpey wants to celebrate by matching your support of Kismet. New, lapsed, or increased gifts will be matched up to $4,000.

The Kismet journey is one of grit, empathy, and love. It is powerful to witness, but more importantly to  hear it from the students. From the moment a student is welcomed, they become enveloped in the fabric of Kismet. After four years of participating in rock climbing and being immersed in a positive, safe, and loving environment, the students feel empowered and know they are part of something they are proud of and that will remain in their hearts forever.

~ Excerpts from letters of Kismet graduates ~

“Kismet is a life-saving, one in a lifetime experience! …Kismet came into my life at a Point where I desperately needed something like it. It pulled me out of a dark hole. Kismet changed me for the better. I became happier and healthier...”

“Kismet to me has been so perfect to a point where it seems unreal…The program united me with the most important people I believe I will ever meet.”

“...on that ledge, on that mountain top, that was the best moment of my life…”

We are all part of the Kismet fabric and we hope you will consider Kismet in your year-end giving to make a difference for years to come.

Thank you,

Krissy Fraser
Executive Director


Donate by Check & Other Support

Make the check out to Kismet Rock Foundation and send to:

Kismet Rock Foundation
PO Box 1744
North Conway, NH 03860

To learn about other ways to support Kismet (ie: product donations, gifts of appreciated securities, event sponsorship), or for more Kismet information (ie: program materials, financial reports, arrange a presentation) please contact us.

Transparency Matters to Us

Please feel free to review Kismet's most recent IRS Form 990: Kismet 990. Kismet Rock Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN # 02-0516308) and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.