The Sharks Foundation leverages the Sharks brand to positively impact the community in two ways: (1) It implements effective programs that enhance the lives of youth and families and (2) It raises funds and redistributes the money back into the community by donating to high-performing non-profits and executing impactful projects.
During the 2014-15 season, the Sharks Foundation dispersed nearly $1.4 million in funding to support the community and, specifically, Santa Clara County. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation has given nearly $8.6 million to over 160 non-profit organizations.
|Grant Recipients 2015-16||$565,000 & 24 total grants|
|Tech Museum of Innovation||$50,000|
|Toys for Tots||$23,448|
|Operation Care and Comfort||$22,000 & 14 barrels of care package suppplies|
|San Jose Rotary's Potaplast International Project||$20,000|
|Second Harvest Food Bank||$7,439.12|
|Defending the Blue Line||$5,022.24|
|Rotary Club of San Jose||$12,000|
|Silicon Valley Turkey Trot||$10,000|
|Good Karma Bikes||$8,399.27|
|Second Harvest Food Bank||$9,700 & 9 barrels of food, totaling 14,327 meals donated|
|Austen Everett Foundation||$8,000|
|Folds of Honor||$8,000|
|Shop with a Cop of Silicon Valley||$5,000|
|Stanford Blood Center||223 units of blood|
|TOTAL:||$775,678 and counting!|
While monetary donations are important, they are not the only way the Sharks Foundation gives back. Each season Sharks players, coaches, broadcasters and front office staff volunteer hundreds of hours to support local organizations. For the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation, it is about dedication both on and off the ice.