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Support the Foundation

Support the Foundation

The Chicago Yacht Club Foundation promotes awareness and appreciation of the nautical arts and traditions to the Chicagoland community through education, activities and the support of like-minded charitable organizations. That’s been our mission since the CYCF was founded in 1990.

You can help the CYC Foundation help others by making a tax-deductible donation to the CYC Foundation in any of the following ways.

  • Cash or Credit Card. Click here to make a donation using your credit card through Pay Pal. Please note you do not need to log into Pay Pal to make a payment. Look to the lower left side for the credit card option.

  • Stocks or Bonds

  • Donated Surplus Nautical Items. Items Donations of surplus nautical items should be directed to nauticaldonations.org. The Foundation will consider receiving property, such as boats, if the donor understands these items will most likely be sold shortly following receipt and must be accompanied by proper transfer documentation. The Foundation will use the proceeds of such sales to help fund its programs.

  • Estate Planning. If you wish to leave a legacy with the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, please consult with your tax or estate planner. While the Foundation does not provide tax or legal advice, we can assist you or your designee in the process of donating to the Foundation.

  • Amazon Smile. The Foundation is registered with Amazon Smile, which gives designated non-profits a 0.5 percent return on purchases made by Amazon customers registered in the program. You can help by simply registering in the program at smile.amazon.com. Each time you want to purchase something through Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com rather than the traditional amazon.com. If you are an Amazon Prime member, your benefits will not be affected.

All Contributions to the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation are deductible for federal income tax purposes to the full extent provided by law and will be acknowledged with a receipt for tax purposes.

The Foundation will provide all documentation of the gift to help the donor maintain necessary records and tax filings. The Foundation is happy to review any proposed donation to make sure gifts fit with the donor’s and the Foundation’s needs.

Donations of $5,000 or more will be recognized and appropriately honored on the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation Benefactor Plaque, which is prominently displayed at both the Monroe and Belmont stations. These levels include: Admiral at $25,000 or more; Captain at $10,000 or more; Commander at $5,000 or more. You don’t have to contribute at the honor roll level to help make a difference. Each donation, no matter what level, help the Foundation continue its mission.