Support Us

We are seeking Climbers, people who can help our mission to encourage and grow speech and debate.

Volunteer or work for Climb the Mountain

Interested in working one on one with students, coaches, schools, students, judges and you live in Washington state?

Contact Jim Hanson at

Jim will provide you with the information you need to participate.

We encourage you to contribute! We want diverse, positive, and supportive people ready to help our speech and debate community.

Donate to Climb the Mountain

Donating to Climb the Mountain grows the speech and debate community. Your donation is put into action by making our programs less costly and in particular, provides full and half fee reductions for lower income families; it helps pay for our efforts to do outreach to schools to add and grow speech and debate programs; it makes it possible to achieve Climb the Mountain’s objective: To have as many students participating who are in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities and to help coaches provide the best instruction and experience for their students. Help us Climb the Mountain.


You can send checks made out to “Climb the Mountain” to:

Climb the Mountain

7701 Fairway Ave. SE Unit 101

Snoqualmie WA 98065

You can donate online

Click the donate button!

Donating helps students with financial need participate.

We are a Federal and Washington state non-profit corporation.

Climb the Mountain Speech and Debate Foundation has tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Documentation on request.

Since we started, Climb the Mountain has raised over $100,000 in donations and we've used that money to provide opportunities for over 2,000 students.

We are excited about what we can do for the community in the coming year. In Fall 2020, we worked with 220 elementary and middle school students in our afterschool program, helped a high school program in a clinic, ran three college tournaments, supported efforts to begin a greater Seattle urban debate league, and helped Rainier Scholars engage in debate.

Donate so that students with financial need can improve their speaking and debating skills in our programs at an affordable price, even no cost. We hope you agree with Climb's strong belief that finances should not stop a student from engaging in speech and debate, learning and engaging in communication skills.

Speaking and Debating Benefits . . . 

Speaking and Debating benefits students in so many ways. Students face so many issues in their lives. Some are scared of speaking; some find schoolwork unchallenging; some are shy and want to make social connections; some want the thrill of victory and some want to learn about issues; many just want to improve themselves. Students who engage in speech and debate learn to

  • communicate with a wide variety of audiences.

  • research putting into practice skills identifying the best sources and the strongest supporting materials.

  • work with teammates, communicating effectively to achieve goals.

  • organize their ideas and thoughts into well structured cases which also benefits their writing skills.

  • make an argument that has impact to the issue addressed and to the audience.

  • differentiate facts from opinions and falsehoods.

  • address conflict in a peaceful manner using argument and reason rather than fists and violence.

All while gaining confidence in themselves, learning about important issues facing our communities, having fun interacting with each other, expressing their ideas, sometimes feeling the excitement of winning and always improving themselves.