Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club

aka Ventura Olympic Canoe and Kayak Club   |   VENTURA, CA   |
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Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club

EIN: 83-2495400


The Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club will produce world class paddlers that have a life-long love for the sport, providing a community that focuses on helping all paddlers reach their highest potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our purpose is to:   - Provide coaching and development of athletes in the sport of sprint canoe and kayak;   - Promote national and international amateur sports competition within the sport;   - Educate the community on the benefits of sprint canoe and kayak.  - Conduct and participate in canoe and kayak racing events, including the US Sprint National Championships, World and Olympic team trials.

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Head Coach

Drew Story

Main address

2593 POLI ST


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Formerly known as

Ventura Olympic Canoe Club



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Population served info



NTEE code info

Olympics Committees and Related International Competitions (N71)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sprint canoe and kayak is a small sport in the United States but quite large in many other countries. Our club hopes to grow the sport and create a supportive community of sprint paddling in Ventura that spreads to other areas over time.

Our programs

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

Club Practice

Regular sprint canoe and kayak training sessions at the Ventura Harbor

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Frank Havens Award 2022

American Canoe Association

Affiliations & memberships

American Canoe Association - Paddle America Club 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our purpose is to:   1) Provide coaching and development of athletes in the sport of sprint canoe and kayak;  2) Promote national and international amateur sports competition within the sport;  3) Educate the community on the benefits of sprint canoe and kayak.  4) Conduct and participate in canoe and kayak racing events, including the US Sprint National Championships, World and Olympic team trials.

We will recruit youth by providing in-services at local middle schools, "open house" paddling days at the Ventura Harbor, and work with the local youth groups to provide classes to school age kids during breaks.

We will also recruit adult paddlers offering free "Beginner Paddler" classes on an open appointment basis most Saturdays with all equipment provided.

We have committed volunteers and spending very little of our own capital, have already amassed an inventory of 18 boats for use with the club; there is strong support from the greater paddling community for our club.

We have established a space at the Ventura Harbor for our trailer of boats and equipment that can be used as the "home" for the club.

We have established a 501(c)(3), created a Board of Directors, and trained coaches with the American Canoe Association and International Canoe Federation. Through several donations, we have also acquired enough boats to support a small club.

In 2021, we were given access to a new dock area at the Ventura Harbor which includes free parking. In time, we hope to be able to have a 45' shipping container there which will function as a boat house and protected storage for our equipment.

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Head Coach

Drew Story

Ventura Olympic Canoe Club is coached by Drew Story, a Ventura native. He has over 40 years of paddling experience and is a National champion in multiple categories and age brackets. Drew is a two-time Junior World Team member and has been coached, trained, and mentored by Bill Bragg. During his paddling career, Drew competed for the United States in Bulgaria, Denmark, Canada, Cuba, Finland, and Mexico. Drew is a certified Level III coach by the International Canoe Federation and American Canoe Association.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2023
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Board chair

Erin Andrews

Mary Haffner

Ed Goldthwaite

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 ? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/10/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/05/2019

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.