Protect Our Playground • Preserve Our Livelihood
The SIMA Environmental Fund was created to serve as the environmental arm of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association by raising funds from the public through fundraisers and solicitations. The SIMA Environmental Fund uses these funds to promote ecological and environmental organizations whose efforts are focused on enhancing the oceanic environment.
As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund operates through a grant-making program. Tax-exempt environmental groups and organizations wishing to receive funding from the Environmental Fund must submit and have approved by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors a grant request form that details the group’s plans for the requested funds. Since its creation in 1989, nearly $7 million in grants have been awarded to various environmental groups through the SIMA Environmental Fund.
The annual Waterman’s Weekend, including the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament and Waterman’s Ball and Auction, has served as the main fundraising source for the SIMA Environmental Fund since its inception. Please click here for more information on Waterman’s Weekend.
See the great work that the SIMA Environmental Fund beneficiaries are doing with their grants via annual Report Cards.
2016 SIMA Environmental Fund Beneficiaries
5 Gyres Institute
Assateague Coastal Trust
Clean Ocean Action
Environmental Defense Center
Heal the Bay
North Shore Community Land Trust
Orange County Coastkeeper
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Save the Waves
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Surfers Against Sewage
Surfing Education Association
SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors
Paul Naudé / Vissla
Herbert M. Bedolfe / Marisla Foundation
Chris Evans / Vissla
Dave Gilovich / Surfline
Bob Mignogna / Mignogna Consulting