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Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

Spotlight on Surfrider logo

Explain the purpose of the Surfrider Foundation?

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.

How many people are serviced by the Surfrider Foundation, who are they and where do they come from?

Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, Calif., the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than one million supporters, activists and members, with more than 170 volunteer-led chapters and student clubs in the U.S., and more than 700 victories protecting our coasts.

Spotlight on Surfrider Hill Day

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Photos courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider staff, volunteers and coastal industry reps at Coastal Recreation Hill Day

What are the services provided by the Surfrider Foundation?

From testing our coastal waters to ensuring that runoff stays in your garden to reducing plastic pollution, Surfrider’s programs and campaigns help to ensure that our marine ecosystems are protected. Programs include Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Ocean Friendly Restaurants and local beach cleanups.

Why should people give?

For 37 years, the Surfrider Foundation has worked to ensure that the ocean, waves and beaches are safe and accessible for all people. We do this, in part, through grassroots organizing across the nation to give everyone a voice when it comes to protecting and enjoying our coast. With one foot in the sand and the other in the water, the Surfrider Foundation is the only nonprofit organization with 100 percent focus on protecting our coasts. 

How do you give or donate?

Donations can be made In addition to gifts, there are a variety of other ways to make a lasting contribution, including workplace giving, employer matching contributions, and memorials and tributes, to ensure that our ocean, waves and beaches are protected for future generations.

Spotlight on Surfrider trash

Items collected at a beach cleanup with the Surfrider LA Chapter

Can someone volunteer? If so, how? What opportunities are available?

Anyone interested in protecting the ocean and coasts can get involved by finding the nearest chapter or student club at

Please describe any internal clubs, partnerships, committees.

Our irreplaceable national network of chapter and student club volunteers serves as the first response to local threats in coastal communities across the U.S. Volunteers collaborate at both local and national levels with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission through campaign, program and educational initiatives in their local communities. 

What are the major fundraisers for the Surfrider Foundation? Please provide a description and tell us when they are.

Every year, Surfrider Foundation hosts two bicoastal fundraising events in support of our mission to protect the world’s ocean, waves and beaches. These annual events take place in Montauk, N.Y. (July), and San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (October 9, 2021), and rally our largest and most dedicated communities to celebrate coastal victories and raise critical funds to support the hard work of our coastal defenders. Most importantly, the events are a place where we continue to cultivate the friendships and vibrant networks of people who form the core of our organization.

More information about our events can be found at

Spotlight on Surfrider band

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(L-R) Jack Johnson, Lukas Nelson, and Adam Topol perform at a Surfrider’s annual event

What are the names and titles of the leadership group, including the board of directors?

Staff Leadership

Dr. Chad Nelsen – Chief Executive Officer 

Michelle Kremer – Chief Operating Officer

Spencer Campbell – Director of Development

Angela Howe – Legal Director

Edward Mazzarella – Director of Chapters

Eddie Anaya – Director of Marketing

Pete Stauffer – Environmental Director

Board of Directors Leadership

Adrianna Estrada – Chair

Dan Lammot – Vice Chair

Steve Shipsey – Secretary

Tom Garcia – Treasurer

Where is your location?

The Surfrider Foundation is headquartered in San Clemente, Calif.

Contact address and information:

Surfrider Foundation

P.O. Box 73550

San Clemente, Calif. 92673

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