Southern Idaho Sailing Outreach is a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide sailing opportunities to the citizens of Southern Idaho, with an emphasis on youth education.
Through the efforts of a small group of volunteer sailors, we began planning and fundraising in 2017. Since that time, we have raised over $200,000 in grants, charitable donations, and in-kind services. In partnership with the City of Boise, we launched our first week-long sailing classes in the summer of 2019. These first classes were a huge success and we are planning for ten week-long sailing camps in 2020 – including one girls-only camp led by female instructors.
To ensure a safe, first-rate instructional program for the foreseeable future, we need to raise an additional $415,000. Become part of our success. Become a program advocate today by supporting youth sailing education in the Treasure Valley. SISO is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, and all donations are tax-exempt to the full extent of the law.
All of our contributors will receive recognition on our website (if desired), as well as in other advertisements and related campaigns. In addition, major donors will receive the following recognition:
SISO would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions to our inaugural youth sailing program:
In order to teach sailing classes, we first needed a venue. Spring Shores Marina at Lucky Peak State Park was chosen as the best location because of its existing facilities and proximity to Boise. We formed a partnership with Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and Ada and Boise Counties for the use of the facility. However, improvements in the infrastructure were needed – specifically dock improvements were required to accomodate small, non-motorized watercraft.
In 2017, in partnership with Ada County Parks and Waterways, we authored a grant application to begin dock improvements at Spring Shores Marina. This was our first fund raising effort, and it was a big success. The grant was approved and awarded, and Phase 1 of the dock expansion process was installed in the spring of 2018. This was followed a year later with another successful grant to complete the dock purchase and installation. The dock expansion project is now fully funded at $120,000 and will be completed in the Spring of 2019. See our projects page for photographs and more information about the dock expansion project.
Moving forward, our next goal was to certify sailing instructors in coordination with City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department and begin the purchase of a fleet of sailboats to use for instruction. We assisted the City of Boise with securing financial support for the instructor certification effort, and by early summer of 2019, we will have a cadre of sailing instructors certified through US Sailing Association.
Last, but certainly not least, instructional sailboats and a safety/teaching platform boat are required in order to make our vision a reality. We have selected an optimum small sailboat for instructional purposes – the RS Zest – and have a deposit in place to purchase these boats by the summer of 2019 so classes can get underway.
The purchase of an instructional sailboat fleet will require significant funding, and we are actively pursuing several fundraising campaigns. If you or your organization would like to join us in our fundraising activities and help support the goal of teaching sailing in Southern Idaho, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details about our organization and our Capital Campaign, please see our Q&A page, and review our press releases!