Making a Donation

Thank you for visiting our donation page. With the generous support of our community the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation provides fun and challenging sailing opportunities to youths and adults regardless of their financial circumstances. We have been a state incorporated nonprofit since 1996 and are recognized by the IRS as a public charity.

Your donation helps us provide sailors of all levels with the joys and skills of sailing.  We supply and maintain the boats, equipment, coaching and volunteers to allow our San Juan Island middle & high school kids to advance their sailing skills and compete at regional regattas.  We support the San Juan Island Parks and Rec by providing all the sailboats, equipment and volunteers for summer sailing lessons. We also sponsor community summer sailing.

Our foundation work is almost entirely volunteer supported, except for the team sailing coach position. Even then our coach is offering services at a great discount, motivated by a passion to share the love of sailing with others.  We try to make your charitable contributions go as far as possible. Some of our largest costs are for insurance, equipment, and sailing team related expenses.

Some of our high school sailing team members have competed in national sailing competitions and some have gone on to join America’s Cup sailboat building teams. Many have developed long-lived passions for sailing.

There are two ways to make a donation: You can click on the Donate button below which allows you to securely pay through our PayPal account – or – mail a check to SJI Sailing Foundation at P.O. Box 2464, Friday Harbor, WA  98250.

You can donate any amount of $10 or above through our PayPal account. As a nonprofit our PayPal fees are 2.5%. Large donations will go farther if paid by check and mailed to us. Please see below examples of what your donation amounts can help us with.  Thank you!

Click on our PayPal “Donate” button below:

Or use this QR Code from your cell phone:

San Juan Island Sailing Foundation PayPal QR Code
San Juan Island Sailing Foundation PayPal QR Code

If you are interested in having your company name on one of our boats you can contact us through the email link below.

If you’d like our Treasurer, Gray Cope, to call you and answer questions please email your contact information here

For donations made to our PayPal account we want this to be a secure and pleasant experience for you.  When you click on the donate button above you will be taken to PayPal’s secure server which will allow you to donate the amount you choose using your credit or debit card or PayPal account.  You may print a transaction receipt from our PayPal donation page.

You will also receive an email confirmation from PayPal with a unique receipt number.

All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  For donations of $250 or more our treasurer will mail you a tax donation receipt on our 501(c)(3) letterhead.

When you finish you will come back to our website and be allowed to send us an email if you want to share your experience donating through PayPal.

Here are some examples of what your donations can help us with:

  • Sailing Gloves: $35
  • Sailing Boots: $80
  • USCG approved PFD for sailing (life jacket): $130
  • Neoprene thermal sailing gear per sailor: $200
  • Team Regatta Trip – Van Fuel: $60
  • Team Regatta Trip – Van only Ferry Ticket:  $70
  • Team Regatta Trip – Van Rental & Fuel: $150
  • Replacement Sheets/Lines: $150
  • Team Regatta Trip – Ferry ticket for Van with trailer and sailboats – Ferry Ticket: $200
  • Gas for summer sailing education in support of Island Rec and community sailing:  $250

We also have higher cost needs you can contact our Treasurer about.  Email Gray Cope with your phone number to discuss in person or by phone any of the following:

  • Annual fleet and sailing school insurance premium: $2,400
  • New RS Tera sailboat for young sailors fully equipped with dolly: $5,000
  • New FJ sailboat fully equipped with dolly:  $8,500
  • Safety / chase boat with outboard: $16,000
  • Endowment:  $50,000
  • New Boat & Equipment Storage Shed:  $100,000
  • Sustaining endowment:  $500,000

Thank you!

San Juan Island Sailing Foundation Board

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