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Nonprofits Benefit from West Marine Grants

Pettipaug Sailing Academy in Conn. was one of the 64 nonprofits receiving BlueFuture grants.

Pettipaug Sailing Academy in Conn. was one of the 64 nonprofits receiving BlueFuture grants.

West Marine announced it had distributed more than $100,000 in BlueFuture grants to 64 nonprofits, its largest grant cycle to date.

The marine retailer created BlueFuture in 2015 as a donation campaign intended to support nonprofits that get young people out on or around the water through boating, sailing, adventure, conservation, education and stewardship.

“These grants would not be possible without our customers and their donations to BlueFuture. In a year filled with uncertainty, we were able to raise the money for our largest grant cycle to date,” West Marine CEO Ken Seipel said in a statement. “With so many youth-focused nonprofits losing funding in 2020, we are proud to continue our BlueFuture grants and support these organizations who connect future generations to the water through recreation and education initiatives.”

BlueFuture grants are awarded annually to nonprofits across North America, with the top 10 fundraising West Marine stores choosing local recipients.

For the full list of the 64 organizations awarded grants, click here.

The fully tax-deductible BlueFuture grants are unrestricted, allowing recipients to decide how to use the funding. The program is supported by a Safe Boating fundraising effort in May and the Month of Giving campaign in December.

Click here to learn more or to make a donation. 

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