You can be a part of the fishable, swimmable, drinkable mission of Orange County Coastkeeper. Your donation can go to a number of programs or the organization as a whole.
We have an array of programs and events you can choose to sponsor or underwrite. Contact Ellen Brown today to learn more.
Check out our volunteer section to learn more and help out with programs like water education, beach and waterway cleanups, restoration project, drought tolerant gardening, MPA watch and more.
Clean Water Fund
The Clean Water Fund supports Coastkeeper’s work to safeguard Orange County’s 42 miles of coastline and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. Coastkeeper’s sole mission is to ensure our rivers, harbors, and coastal waters are swimmable, fishable, drinkable and sustainable.
Leading companies know the value of partnering and investing in environmental programs — it’s an investment in their business and employees. The Clean Water Fund connects those leaders to boost the value of our most important resource: water.
It’s All About Teamwork
We protect your ROW — Return on Water — by speaking on your behalf. The Clean Water Fund fuels a team of environmental experts who look after your clean water investment so that you can focus on what you do best — running your business.
We don’t let others cheapen your investment — we hold them to the federal, state and local laws. You don’t have to skip a beat while running your business, because you know that Coastkeeper holds polluters accountable to ensure your right, and your employee’s rights, to clean water.
Our History of Success
The Clean Water Fund has worked in a multitude of industries over the years to improve water quality and set the standards that benefit Orange County businesses.
SmartScape of Southern California Edison
Partnered to create and maintain a three-acre SmartScape garden on the California Edison property, resulting in:
- 50 percent reduction in maintenance costs
- 48 percent reduction in irrigation water use
- 54 percent reduction in carbon emissions
- 100 percent capture and mitigation of onsite stormwater
Coastkeeper has brought over 60 enforcement actions to prevent pollutants from entering our waterways – all successful.
Coastkeeper collaborated with the scrap metal industry to establish runoff standards and improve water quality. This greatly benefited both the environment and business as it provided to the businesses a clear path to an achievable standard that also ensure competition across the industry.
Coastkeeper hosted the first-ever multi-disciplinary conference to address conversions of decommissioned oil and gas platforms into artificial, ecologically functional reefs. This helped change state law that allowed platform operators to leave them partially in place as viable producing fish reefs. Rig to Reefs has been popular with fishermen, the oil industry, government regulators, and a large segment of the environmental community.
Coastkeeper successfully advocated for the sanitation district to adopt full secondary treatment of sewage discharged to the ocean, improving our coastal waters, creating a reliable water supply, and benefiting the people of Orange County employed by industries such as tourism, hospitality and water sports.
Your support for Coastkeepers’ Clean Water Fund is the most economical way to ensure our waterways, harbors, and coastal waters have clean water and healthy habitats. We will do the hard part — enforcing clean water laws and advocacy. Coastkeeper needs to raise $1.5 million to guarantee an active advocacy and enforcement program, thus generating your Return on Water.
Cleanup OC Fund
Support Cleanup OC!
Every gift makes a difference!
We believe that the health of our waterways is deeply connected to the health, safety, and economic vitality of our communities.
By donating to Coastkeeper’s Cleanup OC Program, you are providing cleanup supplies, event staff, and allowing more opportunities to protect the place we call home. We invite you to be apart of the work that keeps our beaches, harbors, rivers, and streams clean.
You can give with confidence knowing that 88 cents of every dollar is spent directly on our high-impact, cost-effective environmental programs. Coastkeeper’s most recently filed IRS form 990 can be viewed online at GuideStar.
Gifts made through this appeal represent a gift to Coastkeeper’s entire mission and are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Orange County Coastkeeper is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our federal tax ID is 33-0847892.
Our Commitment to Our Donors
We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.
This policy applies to all information received by Orange County Coastkeeper, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes the Coastkeeper website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.
To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.