Key Criteria and Practices
The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation is a non-profit resource for alpine industry professionals seeking orthopedic medical care.
To financially assist alpine guides, patrollers, or instructors who require surgery in order to continue their careers.
The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation provides an unbiased determination of a candidate’s eligibility for financial assistance. Evaluation of financial circumstance, professional memberships, career history, future career intentions, and injury treatment plan are primary factors in the assessment of eligibility. All arrangements will be determined on a per case basis to best provide for a successful outcome that allows for a limitless return to an alpine career.
- Career threatening injury (chronic or acute).
- Documentation supporting career and/or career intent within the guiding, patrolling, or instructing organization.
- Medical expenses related to injury would present a considerable financial hardship.
"Having the guidance encouragement of peers and professionals led me to learn about the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation and what was possible regarding additional financial assistance for skiing/ guiding professionals for my necessary procedure. I was not only approved for the replacement of my bad knee but was able to have the other knee checked as well to confirm that it didn't need any attention! With the rising, escalating and complicated nature of health care, even if you have good insurance there are out of pocket expenses that are not covered. I would have experienced financial hardship without the aid of the Foundation due to the fact that I was on short term disability and wouldn't have the extra income to cover said expenses. I am immensely thankful to the Foundation for all of the guidance, help and assistance provided to get me back in the game! I can't tell you how many times this season the my friends, peers and management team have personally told me how glad they are to have me back ... that is an incredible feeling!! I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what has been given to me and that I am still able to make a contribution to my sports, my careers and live the life I've carved out for myself over the years! It is a testament to the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation and what they do to support working class professionals like myself ... and I am eternally grateful for all that you have done! "
- James Banks