2017 marked the twentieth year for me working in the Foundation. The years that have passed have seen some dramatic changes, but a consistency of purpose. Foundation programs have led the boating safety community for years—our award winning Online Boating Safety Course and Life Jacket Loaner Program have likewise had their twentieth anniversaries, and new programs such as on-water education will lead us into the future.
The Foundation touches hundreds of thousands of boaters every year with positive ways to keep our waters clean and to enjoy boating safely. Our programs are funded primarily through small donations from boaters like you. I hope that as you read this Annual Report, you can see the value in our programs and make the choice to help support our safe and clean boating mission. As you read about our programs, I think you’ll see that we are careful stewards of our resources, and provide a tremendous value to our donors and the boating public.
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide.
With millions of boaters on the water, our aim is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of our waterways and keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime. The BoatUS Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our work is primarily funded by grants and individual donations.
Numbers and data from across our 2018 programs
We rented out 107 units total to customers
70 EPIRB & 37 PLB
Over 575 sites, 22 new sites, jackets loaned over 140,000 times
171,000 registered students. An increase of over 15,000 from last year.
37 donated & 29 sold
Shipped 335 signs & 1197 decals
Propane Systems on Your Boat