CYC Foundation

Teaching, challenging, empowering and preserving since 1990.

The Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, 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. We strive to broaden horizons for our youth and physically disabled through nautical training and boating activities.The CYC Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, supports venues that introduce people at many levels to nautical, educational and on-the-water activities. Whether these venues are access to sailing competitions, restoration projects or any other financial support; the CYC Foundation is dedicated to memorializing the rich history of Lake Michigan and developing maritime traditions.

  • Nautical Education
    • Whether it's Sisters Under Sail, which teaches teen girls leadership skills during a week on a tall ship, or our Maritime Education Program, which brings more than 1,000 students to the Club each year, the Foundation is dedicated to providing Chicago area youth the opportunities to learn and appreciate the nautical arts.

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  • Racing & Regattas
    • The CYC Foundation supports the Rickover Academy JNROTC racing team, the Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic for accomplished junior 420 sailors, and the North American Challenge Cup, one of the longest-running sailing events for disabled adults.

      Racing Events CYCF Supports

  • Civic Support
    • The CYC Foundation offers support to other maritime-related charitable organizations that operating in or have a tie to the Chicagoland area, including Chicago’s Christmas Ship, Chicago’s Maritime Museum and the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program.

      Civic organizations the CYCF supports

  • Grants & Scholarships
    • To support its mission, the Foundation offers grants in aid in three categories: Sailing Education, Regatta and Clinic Participation, and Maritime Organization Grants.

      Learn More and Apply to a Grant

  • Support the Foundation
    • You can help the CYC Foundation help others by making a tax-deductible donation to the CYC Foundation.

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The CYC Foundation is led by a dedicated Board of Directors which carefully evaluates all options for the Foundation.

President Gerald F. Bober, PhD
Vice President James F. Armstrong Jr.
Secretary Steven B. Salk
Treasurer William Bloom III

Director Cyd Archer
Director Michael Belsley
Director John Bernish
Director Christy Coon
Director Grant Crowley
Director Raymond H. Groble III
Director Alan Haag
Director G. Michael Sollitt
Director Jane Vartan
General Counsel Bernard Wiczer

All donations, both big and small, can help CYCF make a difference.

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