Giving Back | Pledge to give 25% of Profits to 5 Amazing Charities
Giving back, right from the beginning!
My Goal: To give back to those who have selflessly served our nation and communities. From overseas to our own backyards, these are people who provide us with the freedoms we enjoy every day. They risk life and limb to save others when they get the call. Unfortunately, they do not always get the support that they need. That is why I have pledged to give 25% of the profits from Blackwater Boating Kits, spread evenly to five organizations, every quarter. I am just starting out, but I always want to do my part to give back. So, I dove in and found 5 incredible organizations that I want to support. This is just the beginning! For now, let’s get to the five amazing organizations I picked to give 5% each of my profits to:
Companions for Hero’s
Their Mission: Companions for Heroes (C4H) provides companion dogs, and on a case-by-case basis, service dogs, obtained from shelters, rescues and humane societies, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, first responders, military spouses and children, and Gold Star Families recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. C4H increases public awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals.
C4H is a non-clinical and non-facility based organization that places special emphasis on creating mutually beneficial opportunities for shelter and rescue animals, some who might otherwise be euthanized, and our nation’s service men and women by accessing the expertise of medical care professionals and animal welfare organizations. C4H is an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) program that recognizes the incredible power of the human-animal relationship and seeks to support those suffering from psychological stress as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a dog.
C4H (Companions For Heroes) is a registered 501I(3) nonprofit organization. C4H’s federal ID number for donations is: #27-0648741.
Wounded Warriors Family Support
Their Mission: Our mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.
How they Help: Family Retreats, Memorable vacations provided free of charge to allow combat wounded veterans to strengthen the bonds with their families. Caregiver Respite, Provides respite and supplemental services nationwide to the caregivers and families of wounded combat veterans. Veteran Training, in partnership with UAW-Ford we offer a six-week welding training program to assist veterans with meaningful careers. Dunham House, A residence providing long term care for combat wounded veterans with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Mobility is Freedom, Custom outfitted vehicles to enhance the lives of wounded veterans. This program also includes the Native American Veterans Support, Transition, and Resources Program, NAVSTaR. Veteran Baskets, challenging local civic groups and individuals to thank our nation’s veterans through simple means, patriotic gift baskets.
Their Mission: Ocean Conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
How they Help: Since we were founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy has gone by a few different names over the years, and with your support, we’ve accomplished many incredible things for whales and wildlife, local communities and for our ocean.
One of our first initiatives was the Whale Protection Fund, which focused on saving whales and protesting commercial whaling by Russia and Japan. We raised support from people like you to invest in scientific research, and we launched petitions and ran ads in papers to raise awareness about the whaling industry. All that commitment paid off when the International Whaling Commission finally banned commercial whaling in 1982.
In the early years, our work focused on species like whales, seals and sea turtles. While we were a part of many success stories, we realized we couldn’t protect species without protecting their habitat. So we thought bigger and shifted to a more ecosystem-based approach. We were also one of the first environmental organizations to engage industries in conservation—a key part of our mission to this day.
In the 1980s, we fought for key habitats to be protected under the Marine Sanctuary Program, and our staff started the very first International Coastal Cleanup in 1986.
Over the years, our mission grew and solidified to make us who we are now: a science-based organization that stands on the absolute conviction that each individual can make a positive difference for our ocean.
By working together, Ocean Conservancy seeks solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
Today, we’re dedicated to finding solutions to the biggest threats facing our ocean. And we know that we can’t solve those problems without your support. Because we all depend on a healthy ocean for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
The ocean is our responsibility, what happens to it impacts all of us.
Hope for Warriors
Their Mission: We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
History: Hope For The Warriors was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors has remained grounded in family values as the organization expands both the span of programs offered and the number of wounded, family members, and families of the fallen assisted.
The leadership of the organization remains in the dedicated hands of combat veterans and military family members. Together, our board of directors, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to serve those who have sacrificed so much. The integrity of our organization is paramount and therefore our representatives are as honorable and noble as our mission and the people we serve.
First Responders Children Foundation
Their Mission: First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.
How they Help: Approximately 225 first responders are killed in the line of duty each year, and each fatality leaves behind an average of 2.3 children. This year’s 517 children will need help with their college tuition, and another 500+ children are put into the same situation every year. Fortunately, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been striving to meet this heartbreaking need for the past 19 years. Ever since September 11, 2001 when more than 800 children lost a parent, First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of children who have lost a parent in the line of duty which helps cushion the financial hardship these children face.
In 2019, First Responders Children’s Foundation awarded 44 college scholarships to deserving children of first responders across the country and hosted more than 1,656 children and family members of first responders at the annual First Responders Children’s Foundation Thanksgiving Day Parade event in New York City providing families with a chance to gather and heal during an otherwise difficult holiday period. Additional Foundation events took place in 21 cities impacting summer camps, fire safety education, community & police fitness programs, law enforcement youth “explorers” programs, and even the launch of the first police-operated community center in New York City. The Foundation also became a charity partner of the nationally-televised PGA golf tournament, “A Military Salute at The Greenbrier,” which will continue each year to coincide with the anniversary of September 11, and the Foundation has even helped dedicate a commemorative train locomotive, CSX #911, “Spirit of our First Responders,” featuring the Foundation’s logo on the side which is hauling freight across America and simultaneously honoring our nation’s first responders.
I want to support organizations that match my core values and serve areas where there is a real need for money and help. I want to help people that have served our nation, I want to save animals and give them a good home, and the ocean just really needs some TLC so yes, I want to help make it cleaner. This doesn’t happen by people sitting to the side or saying “I’ll get to that”. Nope, it starts by people actually doing. At the end of this year, I will make my first donations to these great organizations. But I can’t make any donations without sales, so please shop around and help some good causes!
- Michael Atz, Founder and CEO