Operations & Finances

The WaterFront Center is a non-profit organization that provides quality sailing instruction and marine education below cost. This enables the broadest possible audience to engage in one of our programs or activities. Every year we rely on the generosity of our supporters to account for approximately 25% of our annual budget.

2017 Annual Report

Dear Friends:

The WaterFront Center continues to execute its Mission of connecting people to the water in so many different ways. Whether it’s tagging horseshoe crabs during a full moon on Beekman Beach with a local school group, teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) programing on board one of our Sonars, or simply renting kayaks to a family for an afternoon paddle on West Harbor – our Mission execution is strong.

Of course it would not be possible to do any of this, or to provide free weekly sailing opportunities for veterans through our Veterans On Water (VOW) program, or free weekly sailing opportunities for people with disabilities through our Zig-Zag program, if it were not for the generosity of the many individuals and businesses in the Oyster Bay community and beyond who understand the importance of our work in not only connecting people to the water, but in being stewards of this extraordinary environment we are blessed to call our home.

Our supporters understand that the opportunities we provide are unique and valuable. We enable a kid to get outside and feel the mud squishing between her toes at low tide while she hunts for sea creatures and learns about the environment in the intertidal zone, or for a typically wheel-chair bound individual to be the captain of a fully crewed sailing vessel. This is all possible because of the generosity of the individuals and businesses who know the importance of our Mission.

Each year we raise approximately 25 % of our operating budget through the Annual Fund, LOG, Annual Benefit Party, and Benefit Regatta. Long term capital improvements are made possible through individual donations to our Horizon Fund, which has raised over $600,000 over the last 3 years for vital infrastructure. Without the support of these generous individuals none of what we do would be possible. We are extremely grateful to the countless individuals, local businesses and foundations who have supported us in these vital fundraising efforts. It is because of their generosity that we have been able to make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve. For those who haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to the support The WaterFront Center.

See you at the waterfront and thank you again for your support !

Ian Gumprecht                      Mike Drennan
Co-President                          Co-President

2016 Annual Report

Dear Friends:

As we enter our 17th year of serving the public, we are happy to report that the WaterFront Center is thriving in many ways. We wish to thank all our supporters - financial donors and volunteers - who contributed to our success. Without you, the WaterFront Center would be unable to fulfill its mission of connecting people to the water. Through connection, stewardship grows.

It takes great effort to raise funds every year to support operations - about 25% of our budget. This is what allows us to keep programs affordable, provide
scholarships and make West Harbor accessible to the widest audience. We raise money through the Annual Fund, LOG, Annual Benefit and Auction, and Benefit Regatta. We thank every person and organization that participated in these appeals. The Horizon Fund was established in 2015 to obtain meaningful commitments of financial support from people and organizations for capital projects necessary for the long-term health of the WaterFront Center. We are an organization whose assets are largely outside and on the water, requiring constant maintenance as well as predictable and unpredictable replacement. The Horizon Fund will provide financial security in funding important capital improvements, and in this report we thank our early contributors.

If you look at our Program Guide, website and social media, you’ll get a feel for the variety of programs the WaterFront Center offers. Each year there is something new and improved. What is more difficult to convey is the reception of these offerings by school children, teens and adults from all walks of life. Fun, astonishment, awareness, accomplishment, wonder, appreciation, determination, friendships, teamwork, responsibility, personal growth… Sometimes we can capture these enrichment returns in our customers in a photo or a thank you note. Mostly, these are the kinds of intangibles you just have to experience for yourself. So, come on down!

On behalf of our board and staff, we thank our contributors and volunteers for everything you do for the WaterFront Center. For those new to our organization, we hope you will find the inspiration to support our mission and sustain our organization. We count on your ongoing dedication.

With gratitude,

Ian Gumprecht                      Jamie T. Deming
Co-President                          Co-President

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