The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development.
The Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need.
In 1994, the San Jose Sharks established the official charity arm of the team, the Sharks Foundation. Each year the Foundation partners with individuals, corporations and funding partners in the community, who support its efforts to improve the lives of youth and families in the Bay Area. Funds received are allocated to the Foundation’s annual grant process and numerous programs. Thanks to those donations, by the end of the 2014-15 season, the Sharks Foundation dispersed nearly $1.4 million in funding to support the community. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $8.6 million to more than 160 non-profit organizations.