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WAVES FOR DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL INC

Surf Travel Done Different

aka WAVES International

Rensselaer, NY

Mission

We believe surf travel should benefit the people and communities where it happens. WAVES International inspires world travel and cultural exchange through surf experiences, while collaboratively building a global network of partnerships that connect travelers, community members and grassroots initiatives.

Ruling Year

2009

Principal Officer

Dave Aabo

Main Address

166 Thornberry Lane

Rensselaer, NY 12144 USA

Keywords

Lobitos, Peru, Surf, Voluntourism, Education, SurfSocialGood, Travel, Education

EIN

26-1854683

 Number

6592290783

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Economic Development (S30)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Surfing can do much more to promote social good. Efforts are siloed and leadership is lacking. Human and financial resources exist, but are scarce.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Surf Voluntourism

Surf Advocacy

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of grassroots organizations supported

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Context notes

We work with grassroots around the world - starting in Peru. In 2015 we supported WAVES for Development Peru. In 2016 we assisted and made connections with 3 more.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

Adults

Related program

Surf Voluntourism

Context notes

We are referring to the number of volunteers who have traveled to serve.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Surf Advocacy

Context notes

Events we presented at or were involved with organizing. For example, the Shaping the Northwest event in Oregon, the UNESCO sponsored Festival held in Colombia. Ride 4 the Cause in Switzerland.

Number of community members affected by programming involving travelers who volunteer

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Surf Voluntourism

Context notes

Community in Peru (250), community in Colombia (100)

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Surf Voluntourism

Context notes

Grants to WAVES Peru

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We will further establish our position as global leaders in surf voluntourism. We inspire high team and partner morale, satisfaction and organizational growth. We will continue to have a positive social impact on travelers, community members and grassroots initiatives alike.

If we provide fun, impactful, personalized surf experiences, then travelers lives are enriched through surfing, learning and volunteering.

If we provide human and economic resources to grassroots initiatives, then they will be more effective delivering their services on the community level.

If we provide cultural exchange and learning opportunities for community members around the world, those community members will participate in global citizenship otherwise unavailable.

Our collective team has garnered a large amount of experience over the last 9 years. Between our online presence, dedicated board members, one-of-a-kind CEO, and partner entities around the world, we are poised for success.

We will know we are successful when:

+ 150 travelers visit Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala through the organization each year.

+ Annual revenue exceeds $200k.

+ Signed MOUs with partners around the world

+ Social media statistics and conversions lead to more traveler experiences and contributions.

We have helped establish the grassroots initiative WAVES Peru in Lobitos that is currently 100% managed and directed by Peruvians living in the community.

We have yet to have signed agreements with other grassroots initiatives already begun in other countries around the world with unmet educational needs and unrealized surf tourism potential.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No