The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association
The SIMA Environmental Fund was created to serve as the environmental arm of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association by raising funds from the public through fundraisers and solicitations. The SIMA Environmental Fund uses these funds to promote ecological and environmental organizations whose efforts are focused on enhancing the oceanic environment.
As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund operates through a grant-making program. Tax-exempt environmental groups and organizations wishing to receive funding from the Environmental Fund must submit and have approved by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors a grant request form that details the group’s plans for the requested funds. Since its creation in 1989, more than $4 million in grants have been awarded to various environmental groups through the SIMA Environmental Fund.
The annual Waterman’s Weekend, including the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament and Waterman’s Ball and Auction, has served as the main fundraising source for the SIMA Environmental Fund since its inception.