Surfrider Foundation

San Clemente, CA   |  http://www.surfrider.org

Mission

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. 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 50,000 members and 80 grassroots chapters worldwide.

Ruling year info

1990

CEO

Dr Chad Nelsen

Main address

PO Box 73550

San Clemente, CA 92673 USA

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EIN

95-3941826

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each of Surfrider’s Board members have made financial contributions or pledges to the organization, including funding secured from other sources as a direct result of board actions.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Environmental Protection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Surfrider engages volunteer and activists in a number of ways across the country. Our beach cleanups draw the most volunteers, and those numbers are tracked throughout the yearby our chapter network.

Number of policies formally established

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Environmental Protection

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Victory Count - Surfrider defines a victory as a decision made in favor of the coastal and ocean environment that results in a positive conservation outcome, improves coastal access, or does both.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Environmental Protection

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Surfrider volunteers contribute to ocean conservation through our chapters and clubs. These individuals are the leaders in their communities who provide a never-ending commitment to defend our coasts.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Surfrider Foundation protects the coastal environment for all to enjoy. We focus on the coastal zone, where the land meets the sea. Our primary issue areas are coastal conservation, ocean ecosystem protection, marine pollution, surf break preservation and water quality. We operate through a worldwide network of grassroots chapters and activists who are empowered to take action to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.

Our ultimate vision is for healthy coasts.

We plan to achieve this vision by increasing the number and scale of our coastal victories. Ultimately we hope that our local victories can be applied to meaningful state and national policy advancements.

The vision will also be achieved through growth of our grassroots network. Only by creating and maintaining avenues to engage, educate and inspire individuals, groups and activists can we connect people to our campaigns and develop a culture that encourages citizens to take action on behalf of their oceans, waves and beaches.

1) Stop Human Interruption of Natural Beach Processes
2) Improve Coastal Water Quality
3) Ensure Healthy Coastal Ocean Ecosystems
4) Protect Surfing Areas
5) Secure Universal, Low-Impact Beach Access
6) Motivate a Global Movement of Care for Coasts
7) Expand & Increase the effectiveness of our global chapter network

Founded in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has grown from a small group of dedicated surfers in Malibu, California, to a global movement made up of over 250,000 supporters with 82 domestic chapters and representation in 14 countries worldwide. With a professional staff of 44 (31 professionals supporting our grassroots chapter network from our headquarters in San Clemente, California, and thirteen regional and field staff operating on the ground in California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic and the East Coast) we enable our network of community-based chapters to implement local campaigns and programs that advance long-term ocean protection and coastal preservation. Surfrider Foundation's 30-year track record of environmental victories for the coast speaks to our grassroots, community-based focus and our ability to educate and empower our activists to protect their local coastal areas.

The strength of the Surfrider Foundation lies in our grassroots network (supported by regional staff) and our presence in coastal communities nationwide. Because our activists live and recreate in the communities they are striving to protect, they build connections with other like-minded organizations and individuals, as well as key decision makers, to achieve coastal victories. Organizationally, we seek to build partnerships that leverage strengths and resources to achieve even broader environmental outcomes.

We first started tracking our campaign wins in 2006, setting a goal for the organization of 150 Victories in 5 years. Our activists surpassed that benchmark in 2010 and now have accomplished 271 victories, with 33 in 2013 alone, making a huge difference for the health and accessibility of our coasts. A full list of victories to date can be accessed through our website at www.surfrider.org.

In addition to victories, we are developing ways to help us track progress and impact toward our ultimate long-term goal of building a powerful enough force for coastal protection so that fighting battles is no longer needed. Victories is one indicator; others include process indicators such as water quality tests conducted and beach cleanups held, and outcomes such as the number of beach access points retained or acres of coast preserved.

We also measure the potency of our volunteer activist army. We seek to take a citizen from initial connection to a point of engagement and ownership. From the lightest weight interactions such as receiving our newsletter to heavier weight engagement such as leading a local environmental campaign, we seek to identify, understand and communicate best practices by activists across our chapter network. We routinely survey our chapters in order to understand entry and exit points for volunteers, success and failure of various efforts and total overall work output being achieved in each area. These findings are then shared network-wide through five to seven annual regional conferences as well as through our chapter intranet and other communication vehicles. Ultimately our goal is to disseminate best-practices and grow the efficiency and overall size of our network.

Financials

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Surfrider Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Adriana Estrada

Stash

Term: 2020 - 2023

Evan Harrison

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Ed Kertis

Community Volunteer

Dan Lammot

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Ted Chin

Community Volunteer

Teresa Christopher

National Audubon Society

Sarah Lim

Committee on Natural Resources, Democratic Staff - U.S. House of Representatives

Ed Lunsford

Eavenson, Fraser & Lunsford

Ari Lurie

Levi Strauss and Co.

Shelby Meade

Hello Shelby

Steve Shipsey

State of Oregon

Jennifer Spies

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Ian Stewart

UGG at Deckers Brands

Tom Garcia

Deckers

Anupa Asokan

Self Employed

Airrion Copeland

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Dr. Cliff Kapono

Professional Surfer

Dr. Natalie Hubbard

General Surgeon

Denise Leonhard

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.