July 28, 2023

IRCF Awards Youth Sailing Foundation $50,000

Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County works to provide Indian River County with educational, recreational, and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment. Indian River Community Foundation recently awarded YSF $50,000 towards their capital campaign to build a community sailing center on 2.4 acres of waterfront property. 

Wanda Lincoln, Toni Hamner, Stu Keiller, Brooke Sauserman, & Julia Butterworth Linus

The community sailing center will anchor a 2.4-acre recreational park with 500 feet of unobstructed waterfront.  The property has been fenced-off from the VB Waste Water Treatment Plant and the park is open to the public.  Ground breaking is planned for late summer 2024 with completion in summer 2025.  The building and park will serve as both a sailing and educational hub for Vero Beach and Indian River County for generations to come. The opening of the community center will allow Youth Sailing Foundation (YSF) to greatly expand their youth and adult programs.

The community sailing center and marine recreational park is a multi-generational project.  The building is designed to stand for 100 years and will serve as a cultural and recreational hub for our entire community. 

Youth Sailing Foundation is also a part of our Endowment Partners Program (EPP).  The purpose of the EPP is to help local charities plan for their long-term sustainability by growing a permanent endowment fund. During a 12-month program, participants learn about endowments, planned giving, investment management and marketing solutions that inspire loyal donors to make planned gifts from their estates. The program is coordinated by IRCF team member Yamilet Cendejas.

Click here to donate to Youth Sailing Foundation. Donations can also be made through your donor-advised fund by logging into MyFund or by contacting a member of our team at donorservices@ircommunityfoundation.org or 772.492.1407.

Indian River Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking is aligned with a vision of a more healthy, prosperous, and generous Indian River County community. Grantmaking priorities are informed by the findings of the most recent community needs assessment and the most current data and information collected on Indian River Indicators. Grants from the Community Enrichment Fund are reviewed by a Grants Committee comprised of volunteers Suzanne Bertman, Pat Brier, Toni Hamner, Dale Jacobs, Wanda Lincoln, Dawn Michael, and Angelia Perry.

IRCF holds monthly informational sessions for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations serving Indian River County who are interested in applying for a competitive grant. If interested, please call 772.492.1407 or email Brooke Sauserman to reserve your spot. Please read our Guidelines before registering.

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