Charity Spotlight: The Surfrider Foundation


The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. For more than 30 years, the Surfrider Foundation has been protecting what you love. What started as a group of surfers that came together to protect Malibu from overdevelopment and pollution has grown into one of the most powerful coastal protection groups in the world. For every $1 donated to the Surfrider Foundation, 84 cents directly funds our programs and campaigns, 13 cents is invested to generate future donations and 3 cents is devoted to our adminstrative and operating costs. Their staff of nearly 50 people help support our chapter network in their campaigns, champion for policy and fight legal battles for our coasts, bring awareness to the issues facing our ocean, provide critical support for areas like accounting, technology, and HR, and raise money to make all of this happen. Every donation makes a difference and has a tremendous impact on our work!

Surfrider has 80 chapters and 87 student clubs across the country. Their irreplaceable national network of chapter volunteers serves as the first response to local threats in coastal communities across the US. They are the boots on the ground who collaborate on both the local and national level with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission through campaign, program and educational initiatives in their local communities. Through their network of local activists and chapters, Surfrider affects change at a local level by community involvement and cooperation with local cities and governments. Their experts in every U.S. coastal region bring our chapters together when issues grow larger than a single chapter. Our dedicated team of legal, policy and environmental experts work with federal agencies to affect change at a national level. 

Our ocean faces growing challenges from pollution, offshore development and climate change. At the same time, expanding industries, such as offshore oil drilling, threaten to crowd our ocean and degrade its health (and those who call it home!). Every day poses new threats to our oceans and beaches. Our ocean and special places must be proactively protected before they are threatened and stem the tide before further damage is done to the ocean’s health. This is precisely why Surfrider has built a network of passion-driven people who are on the ground and are the voice for our ocean and beaches. With one foot in the sand and the other in the water, Surfrider is the only non-profit organization who is 100% focused on our coasts.

Surfrider has an appetite for adventure and we all share a common passion - we love and appreciate our ocean, waves and beaches.

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