Your Nautical Nonprofit Guide to Giving Tuesday 2019

Giving Tuesday is on December 3rd this year! It can be overwhelming to choose just one organization to donate to. So, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite global and local nautical nonprofits to guide you.

Worldwide Nautical Nonprofits

Ocean Conservancy

This ocean centered organization usees science and the help of their community to protect and clean up the world’s oceans. One of the organizers behind September’s worldwide beach cleanup efforts, the Ocean Conservancy has likely impacted an ocean near you. Learn more about their work in the video below. 

Magenta Project 

The Magenta Project is a collective of passionate sailors committed to creating equal access and opportunities for women in sailing. Inspired by Team SCA, the only all-female team to enter and the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, The Magenta Project took shape. Working with sailing organizations worldwide, the organization works to upskill and advise female sailors to reach the top of the sport. 

World Sailing Trust 

Dedicated to supporting sailing in all of its forms, this is a new, global charity. From supporting access and participation, helping youth programs grow, and even safeguarding our waters for future generations of sailors, the World Sailing Trust is an integral part of the global sailing community. 

Sailing is for everyone, whatever their gender, capacity, wealth, age, or nationality. We believe that sailing as a sport benefits when a diverse range of people are able to participate, and we know that the opportunity to sail benefits individuals too.”

– World Sailing Trust

Maiden Factor Foundation 

Launched by sailor Tracey Edwards, the Maiden Factor Foundation aims to raise awareness for girls’ education worldwide. The story of Maiden begins when Edwards put together the first all-female crew to compete in the 1989-1990 Whitebread Round the World Race. After a harrowing 6+ months at sea, Team Maiden finished in 2nd place overall in their class. They wowed all of their naysayers and still hold a title no British competitor has beaten to this day! Today, the yacht is making another world tour. With 28+ stopovers in various countries, Maiden Factor will raise awareness and funds for education for girls worldwide. 

San Francisco Bay Nautical Nonprofits

Treasure Island Sailing Center

One of our local sailing youth centers, TISC, has served both youth and adult sailors since 2013. In 2019, the sailing center served 3,100 individuals across all of its programs. TISC never turns away youth sailing participants. With an unlimited number of sailing scholarships, thousands of children get to experience the thrill of sailing annually. Learn more about TISC in the video below.

Blue Water Sailing Foundation

Based out of San Francisco, this nonprofit dedicates it’s efforts to providing at-risk and under-represented young people an opportunity to sail. Participants in the program get the chance to experience new activities, teaching, and leadership. Since 1992, The Blue Water Foundation has served over 25,000 individuals by working with public and charter schools, probation departments, and local police forces.

Spaulding Marine Center

This nonprofit is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and celebrating the Bay Area’s maritime history. Through youth programs focused on woodworking, boatbuilding and restoration efforts for adults, and wooden boat sailing experience for everyone, this Marine Center is essential to the sailing community in Sausalito and beyond.

St. Francis Sailing Foundation

Our very own Brad Webb is on the board of this organization. Founded by the elite St. Francis Yacht Club, this foundation was created to encourage, promote, and enhance the sport of sailing. Their programs support young sailors just beginning their sailing careers, competitive sailors as they advance, and elite sailors seeking world-class competition. The foundation supports youth programs focused on underserved and differently-abled individuals in the local community.