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Surfrider Foundation

 PO Box 6010
 San Clemente, CA 92674
[P] (949) 492-8170
[F] (949) 492-8142
http://www.surfrider.org
[email protected]
Spencer Campbell
FOUNDED: 1984
INCORPORATED: 1984
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-3941826 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.  Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California who were concerned about threats to their local break, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 52,000 members and 80 grassroots chapters worldwide.

Mission Statement

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.  Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California who were concerned about threats to their local break, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 52,000 members and 80 grassroots chapters worldwide.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $6,997,061.00
Projected Revenue $6,342,584.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Environmental Protection

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.  Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California who were concerned about threats to their local break, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 52,000 members and 80 grassroots chapters worldwide.

Background Statement

Founded in 1984 by a group of visionary surfers that were concerned about health risks caused by urban runoff, the Surfrider Foundation has grown to be one of the most highly effective grassroots environmental organizations. We are dedicated to the protection and preservation of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. While Surfrider engages in many activities and programs, our strengths lie in our powerful activist network and the ability to support this work. We foster citizen involvement with dedicated members volunteering their time and talents to protect our oceans, waves and beaches through civic engagement, focused campaign, program and educational initiatives in their communities.

Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. We have 80 chapters, 60 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists fighting around the country. Armed with a model to defend the coast, we have achieved over 486 victories since 2006. The Surfrider Foundation’s long-term success and growth is a tribute to our founders’ beliefs that taking on an environmental battle may not be easy, but with constant pressure, endlessly applied, it can be won.

Surfrider’s vision is to keep our beaches open to everyone, promote smart coastal development that avoids coastal impacts, protect special ocean and coastal places before they are threatened, ensure the water is clean to surf and swim and the beaches are free of plastic litter. We do this through five initiatives: Beach Access, Clean Water, Ocean Protection, Coastal Preservation and Plastic Pollution.

Impact Statement

The Surfrider Foundation has made significant progress over the past year to ensure beach access and clean water, protect our ocean resources, and reduce plastic pollution through grassroots advocacy. Our three Orange County chapters, South Orange County, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, all have volunteers that are on the front line to protect our ocean, beaches, and waves by conducting numerous beach clean-ups, testing water quality, and developing Surfrider clubs at local high school and college campuses.

Over the past year, Surfrider activists from the South Orange County Chapter supported the expanded policy in Laguna Beach to expand the policy to address cigarette litter. The policy expands a smoking ban already in place for beaches and parks. It now bans smoking throughout the city, including sidewalks, bike paths, alleys and in parking structures. Further, the Surfrider Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter, along with the California Coastal Protection Network, supported the Crystal Cove Alliance's application to the California Coastal Commission to renovate 17 historic cottages on North Beach of Crystal Cover Historic District and convert for overnight visitor serving uses and implement an overnight educational program using mitigation funds. This project will help increase access to the coast for low income communities and increase accessibility at the state park.

Statewide, Surfrider worked closely with its allies to stop AB 2921, an industry led (and voluntary) expanded polystyrene recycling program with would have undermined the efforts of the greater goal to ban harmful foam. Surfrider was able to harness its collective action and ensure that the California Natural Resources Committee chose a path that will truly stop the problem of single-use plastic pollution at the source by working towards policies that limit its use and distribution. 

Needs Statement

The Surfrider Foundation is looking to increase its capacity at the regional and chapter level in Orange County. We have creek and urban runoff pollution issues at Aliso Creek and San Juan Creek. This continues to pose health risks for surfers and swimmers at local, Orange County beaches. Our needs will be to increase our volunteer water testing program, Blue Water Task Force, that uses water quality results to apply public pressure on cities to address the issue.

We are also looking to expand our Surfrider Club program into more high schools. Clubs are a good way to engage students on issues like water quality and plastic pollution.

Also at the chapter and regional level, we are looking to expand our Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program. This program sets a list of criteria restaurants must take to reduce plastic pollution from their business. For example, restaurants will not use foam take-out containers, plastic bags, and use straws only at the request of the customer.


CEO Statement

I grew up on the coast surfing, swimming and fishing, and eventually got my first job as an ocean lifeguard in Laguna Beach. These formative experiences gave me both love and respect for the power and fragility of the ocean. In my case, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. My father has been a marine science educator for over 40 years and I have vivid memories of catching shrimp and feeding octopus in his touch tanks, sitting on the jaw bones of grey whales and doing seawater buoyancy and salinity tests in his lab with my brother. My brother dedicated himself to making a career out of surfing and now runs a summer surf camp for kids and spends much of the off-season guiding surfers in Fiji.

I honed my interest in science by studying geology at Brown University, but it wasn’t until I considered grad school that I realized that I could combine my passion for science and protecting the environment with my love of the ocean. I found the Coastal Environmental Management program at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and learned that there are many ocean-related careers beyond marine biology. After grad school, I explored coastal zone management jobs in the federal and state government, but it wasn’t until I found my job at Surfrider that I fully appreciated that protecting the environment needs more than science and government – it needs people! More recently, I completed my doctorate on the economics of coastal recreation and surfing at UCLA to help ensure that our oceans, waves and beaches are valued appropriately.

Surfrider’s grassroots approach has become my passion, I love working with passionate people who are connected to the coasts and want to make a difference in the health of our coastal environment.


Board Chair Statement

Leon Richter is an innovative entrepreneur, coastal activist and business consultant. His process driven approach emphasizes growth, scalability and sustainability in all of his ventures.

Leon owns and operates a number of businesses including Sato Industries, Carta Buena, and Dos Ceibas.

Leon co-founded Justice Telecom in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1992. Justice soon moved to Los Angeles and was ranked No. 1 on the Inc. 500 List in 1998 as the fastest growing private company in America. Leon also co-founded Telepacific that same year and raised over $240 million in debt and equity for the start up.

An experienced coastal activist, Leon has served as a Surfrider volunteer, employee and Board Member and played a critical role in the Salva Tres Palmas campaign that resulted in the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve.

Leon Richter is a 1992 graduate of Brown University with a degree in International Relations, an active alumnus and an avid surfer with an affinity for special projects. He currently resides with his wife Allison and his dog Miss Snickerdoodle Bruiser on the beachfront in Rincón, Puerto Rico.


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

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Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
The Surfrider Foundation has a network of 80 grassroots chapters located in coastal communities throughout the United States.  Check our website for the locations of specific chapters.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  2. Environment - Pollution Abatement & Control
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Programs


Environmental Protection

Program priorities are developed at the National level then distributed to the chapters for local implementation. These programs include: (1) Plastic Pollution – eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment; (2) Clean Water – testing water, raising public awareness, and finding solutions; (3) Beach Access – keeping beaches accessible to all; (4) Ocean Protection – supporting Marine Protected Areas, oppose new offshore oil drilling, and participate in regional ocean planning; (5) Coastal Preservation – establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust. Through these programs, volunteers at the local level, including Orange County, test the water through our Blue Water Task Force, certify restaurants that reduce plastic use in our Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program, and conduct programs to get inner city youth to the beach.   

Budget  $6,385,492.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Population Served US
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of the year we plan to see 1000 of restaurants certified under the Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program nationally and over 100 in Orange County.

Program Long-Term Success  Long term success will result in the reduction of plastic pollution observed in the marine environment and collected from our beach clean-ups. For clean water, the long term goal is to eliminate the streams and waterways from the County's impaired water list.
Program Success Monitored By 

Success of our plastic pollution program will be monitored by the data collection at our beach cleanups and by the number of restaurants registered through our Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program. For Clean Water, we will post data through the Chapters website.

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr Chad Nelsen
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO, is an avid surfer and defender of our coastal environment.

Chad grew up on the coast surfing, swimming and fishing, and eventually got his first job as an ocean lifeguard in Laguna Beach. He attended Brown University, followed by the Coastal Environmental Management program at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and learned that there are many ocean-related careers beyond marine biology. After grad school, he explored coastal zone management jobs in the federal and state government, but it wasn’t until his job at Surfrider that he fully appreciated that protecting the environment needs more than science and government – it needs people! More recently, he completed his doctorate on the economics of coastal recreation and surfing to help ensure that our oceans, waves and beaches are valued appropriately.

Surfrider’s grassroots approach has become his passion, he loves working with passionate people who are connected to the coasts and want to make a difference in the health of our coastal environment.

 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Jim Moriarty 2005 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Eddie Anaya Marketing Director Eddie Anaya joins the Surfrider Foundation as Head of Marketing. With extensive senior marketing and creative agency experience at leading global lifestyle and marketing brands, he brings 22 years of strategic brand growth and executive expertise to the team. Eddie has previously held senior director of marketing positions at influential action sports brands, including Vans, Oakley and Quiksilver.
Spencer Campbell Director of Development Spencer leads Surfrider's fundraising efforts from major donors and foundations and has held development positions at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Heal the Bay, and the Catalina Island Conservancy. Prior to raising funds for these great organizations, he taught environmental education through outdoor schools in Orange County and on the island of Maui.
Nancy Eiring Director of Membership Nancy is a fundraising and engagement maven. She leads the team responsible for bringing new audiences to support Surfrider to retaining and cultivating our existing members and building awareness about Surfrider and its impact. Over the course of 15+ years, Nancy has worked at The Nature Conservancy, on presidential campaigns and with progressive non-profits in the development and implementation of short and long-term strategies for large-scale fundraising programs.
Angela Howe Legal Director Moving from Texas to California to go to law school at UC Berkeley, Angela quickly learned to love the wonder of surfing and snowboarding that California has to offer. Luckily for Surfrider, she decided to stay and take the California bar exam. After a couple of years honing legal skills at a large law firm and volunteering for a Surfrider Foundation chapter, Angela transitioned to Surfrider Foundation staff and is now the Legal Director for the Surfrider Foundation. In leading organization's legal strategy, she fights for sustainable solutions to environmental challenges and works to increase Surfrider’s impact for healthy coasts.
Michelle Kremer COO With an adventurous personality and a passionate soul, Michelle controls the Foundation’s daily operations as our Chief Operating Officer. Michelle began her Surfrider journey as an intern in 1993, and has become an irreplaceable part of the organization. In addition to her duties of operational controls, business metrics and counsel responsibilities, Michelle works closely with the CEO to insure financial strength and operating efficiency.
Edward Mazzarella Director of Chapters For more than 20 years with the Surfrider Foundation, Ed has been always on point with our chapter network. In his role as Director of Chapters, he works with our regional team to provide support to the chapters and their volunteers.
Pete Stauffer Environmental Director Pete leads a dynamic team of national and regional staff as our Environmental Director. He’s responsible for managing our advocacy efforts in the US to protect our ocean, waves and beaches through advancing ocean protection, coastal preservation, clean water and beach access.

Awards

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Affiliations

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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 42
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 52,000
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 93%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 22
Male: 20
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Leon Richter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Innovative entrepreneur, coastal activist and business consultant
Board Chair Term 2018 - 2020
Board Co-Chair Bob Holding
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Aaron Behle SALT. Optics Voting
Scott W. Blair Activision Voting
Adriana Estrada -- --
Chris Farrell Authentic Brands Voting
Liisa Fiedelholtz Community Volunteer Voting
Evan Harrison Huka Entertainment Voting
Bob Holding Waypoint Outdoor Voting
Ed Kertis Community Volunteer Voting
Dan Lammot roundCorner Voting
Ken Meidell -- --
Rob de Mello Nixon Surfrider South Texas Chapter Voting
Maggie Peloso Vinson and Elkins Voting
Kevin Ranker Washington State Senate Voting
Leon Richter Sato Industries Voting
Jennifer Spies -- --
Ian Stewart -- --
Rob Wells Crowdmix Voting
Walter Wilhelm WWA Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 14
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $6,342,584.00
Projected Expenses $6,997,061.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 990 Form

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Surfrider Audited Report

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $7,267,265 $6,270,599 $5,714,958
Total Expenses $6,060,345 $6,138,316 $6,141,980

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,882,151 $3,742,574 $3,421,118
Government Contributions $50,935 $116,353 $167,393
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $50,935 $116,353 $167,393
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $171,648 $134,458 $160,764
Earned Revenue $65,965 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $625,010 $6,969 $7,569
Membership Dues $1,408,002 $1,322,536 $1,258,659
Special Events $184,870 $164,832 $-7,015
Revenue In-Kind -- $32,210 $11,487
Other $878,584 $619,288 $740,123

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $5,021,690 $5,091,790 $5,174,942
Administration Expense $439,530 $500,072 $471,919
Fundraising Expense $599,125 $546,454 $495,119
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.20 1.02 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 83% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 14% 13% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $5,118,266 $4,323,308 $3,923,952
Current Assets $4,848,200 $3,867,753 $3,425,699
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $972,798 $1,118,600 $724,950
Total Net Assets $4,145,468 $3,204,708 $3,199,002

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.98 3.46 4.73

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $391,805.00
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


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