Our mission to provide adaptive sailing for people with disabilities is offered at no charge to them. We have no paid staff. We are the only U.S. program that offers FREE sailing EVERY WEEKEND and it happens because of the generous contributions from our donors.

On their behalf you are invited to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution to Challenged Sailors San Diego to enable us to serve even more sailors. Our Federal Tax ID number is 47-2882798.

Email to learn more or get help with giving.

We offer Individual Giving, Corporate Partnerships and Legacy Planning opportunities!

Our 2024 Donors are


  • Peter and Sandra Phillips

First Mate

  • Christian Buhl, California Inclusive Sailing Newport Beach


  • Smashing Designs
  • Christopher and Jean Freeman
  • Sylvia Bate Swall and Mike Swall
  • Alice Tidwell


  • Captain Cam Taylor
  • Theodore and Linda Terpstra

Our 2023 Donors are


  • John and Jan Cone
  • The Shanklin Foundation

First Mate

  • Peter and Sandra Phillips
  • Brewster Schenck


  • Sally Beach
  • Steve and Renee Bridge
  • Channel Cruising Club
  • Jane and Murray Dunn
  • Steve Edenson
  • Christopher and Jean Freeman
  • Don and Christine Hall
  • La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation
  • Lake Consulting & Advisory
  • Steve and Nancy Phillips
  • Point Loma Yacht Club
  • Promega Corporation
  • Hari Rajagopalan
  • San Diego County Employees Charitable Org
  • Sylvia Bate Swall and Mike Swall
  • Mora and Harry Thompson


  • Penny Anders
  • Lynn & Blake Ingle
  • Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast
  • Bambi and Steve Schulman
  • Gail Smith
  • Capt. Cam Taylor


  • Nancy Beckley
  • Larry Cooper
  • Christopher Freeman
  • Eric and Fritha Matus
  • Red Wing Shoes
Peter accepts a generous donation from Channel Cruising Club CSSD life preserver

To recognize the wonderful generosity of our donors, we have established several giving levels.

  • Friend Level - Gifts of $250 or more
    Friends of CSSD will receive a personal recognition letter and subscription to our Annual Report.
  • Crew Member Level - Gifts of $500 or more
    All the benefits listed above plus a subscription to our Quarterly Reports.
  • Bosun Level - Gifts of $1,000 or more
    Donors here will receive the benefits listed above plus a CSSD branded baseball cap plus recognition on our website.
  • First Mate: - Gifts of $5,000 or more
    In addition to the benefits listed above, our First Mates will also receive a branded CSSD polo shirt plus a framed photograph of our boats under sail.
  • Captain Level - Gifts of $10,000 or more
    Donors at this level will receive all of the benefits listed above plus an invitation to CSSD events and a chance to experience a day of the water with one of our companion sailors.
  • Admiral Level Gifts of $20,000 or more
    Our generous donors at this level will receive all of the benefits listed above, plus they can name one of our Martin 16 foot sailboats for a 12 month period.
Group accepting a donation from Channel Cruising Club

Individual Giving

You can always thank a special person or brighten someone's day with your donation to Challenged Sailors.

Gifts by credit card or by a Qualified Charitable Distribution from one's IRA are most welcome, as are gifts of life insurance (a paid-up policy no longer needed or a new policy naming CSSD as owner and beneficiary). Should you wish to donate appreciated securities, please go to for the easy-to-follow instructions. There is no charge for this service.

There are many ways our supporters give a tribute gift in honor or memory of someone:

  • Birthday or anniversary
    Celebrate a friend or family member in honor of your birthday or anniversary.
  • Engagements or weddings
    In lieu of engagement presents, encourage guests to contribute to Challenged Sailors or make a donation as part of your wedding favors.
  • In Memory
    There is no better way to recognize someone who has passed away than creating a lasting legacy with your gift. For families requesting donations in memory of a loved one, email
  • Holidays
    Whether it is #GivingTuesday, Christmas or any holiday, give a donation on someone's behalf that has a bigger impact than what you find in a store or under a tree.

Corporate Giving

Please email to learn more about partnering with Challenged Sailors San Diego for workplace giving, employee volunteerism and other social purpose day-on-the-bay activities. We work with several businesses to provide employees more power to engage with social issues and connect with changemakers and like-minded colleagues.

Offerings include:

  • Traditional volunteerism
  • Day of service
  • Group projects
  • Team building

Legacy Planning

Email to invest in the future of Challenged Sailors. Making a bequest will ensure Challenged Sailors of future funding that will help us continue to provide wonderful opportunities for therapeutic and recreational sailing for challenged individuals.

  • What is a bequest?

    A charitable bequest is a gift made to us through your will or trust. It can take many forms such as a specific sum or percentage of money, or a specific item of property, such as real estate, an automobile, or other physical asset. A contingent charitable bequest can be made if an original beneficiary named in your will or trust does not survive you.

  • Do I need to change my will or trust to make a bequest?

    No. You can simply name Challenged Sailors San Diego as a beneficiary of your private and/or employer sponsored life insurance policy or policies. You may also name Challenged Sailors San Diego as a beneficiary of any retirement, savings, or brokerage accounts.

  • How do I designate Challenged Sailors San Diego as a beneficiary?

    To designate Challenged Sailors San Diego as a beneficiary in you will or trust, include the specific dollar amount or percentage of money, or a specific item of property, to Challenged Sailors San Diego Tax ID# 47-2882798.

    To designate Challenged Sailors San Diego as a beneficiary of your life insurance, retirement, savings or brokerage accounts, simply request the appropriate beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator and provide them with the following information:

    Beneficiary Name: Challenged Sailors San Diego
    Tax ID# of Beneficiary: 47-2882798
    Beneficiary Address: PO Box 6994, San Diego, CA 92166
    Beneficiary Phone Number: 760-690-6594

  • What is a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)?

    A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is a gift of cash or other property to an irrevocable trust. The donor receives an income stream from the trust for a term of years or for life and the named charity receives the remaining trust assets at the end of the trust term. Consult your attorney about establishing a CRT with Challenged Sailors San Diego as the beneficiary.

This information is not intended as tax, legal, or financial advice.

Proudly Sponsored By

Channel Cruising Club
Clagett Sailing
Coronado Yacht Club
Downtown San Diego Lions Club
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Point Loma Rotary Club
Point Loma Yacht Club
Rotary San Diego Downtown Breakfast
Safe Harbor Sunroad
San Diego County Employees' Charitable Organization
San Diego Parrot Head Club
San Diego Peninsula Lions Club
Somerset Sails
US Sailing