Giving Tuesday - A list of 20+ Skateboarding Organizations to support

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Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is designated to donate to charities. If you love skateboarding, here are some skateboarding related organizations you can support this #givingtuesday!

A.Skate Foundation

http://askate.org

A. Skate Foundation

The A.skate Foundation is an organization that allows children with autism to be a part of the social world through skateboarding.  They hold clinics for children with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to children with autism for skateboard gear, as well as promote awareness and educate families about the skateboard industry. 

 

All Nations Skate Jam

https://www.facebook.com/allnationsskate/

All Nations Skate

Nibwaakaawin is focused on empowering indigenous communities through skateboarding. All Nations Skate Jam is the largest and most prestigious skateboard competition for Native American youth.

 

Amigo Skate

http://www.amigoskate.com/

Amigo Skate

Their goal is to provide young people with an outlet for self-expression. An essential part of what they do is collecting unwanted or broken equipment.  Over the years, they have gathered a variety of action sports gear, music instruments, art supplies, and, of course, skating goods. They refurbish, rebuild, and recycle materials like used decks, wheels, hardware, grip tape, and trucks. Then, they give those back to skaters and artists wherever and whenever we see a need.

 

Black Girls Skate

https://www.blackgirlsskate.org/

Black Girls Skate

Founded March 2019 Black Girls Skate (BGS) is a growing non-profit devoted to creating equity, visibility and safety for skaters who identify as Womxn, Non-binary, Trans AND Black, African, or Of Color. They are specifically invested in amplifying skaters across the Black diaspora with skating styles that include skateboarding, longboarding, roller skating and ice skating. BGS currently operates as a social media and content curation resource with teammates & Partners throughout the US. Our programs seek to start dialogue and create meaningful content around skater visibility, safety and equity. Although open to all ages, their events target minority communities youth and young adults aged 18-30. They are unapologetically focusing their efforts on Black women, while supporting/promoting IPOC efforts/communities.

 

Bridge to Skate

http://bridgetoskate.org/

Bridge to Skate

Bridge to Skate uses skateboarding to transform the lives of youth by creating dynamic new paths to self-confidence, personal empowerment and responsibility for each other and their communities. They hope the youth take control of their lives, and use skateboarding as a vehicle for creative expression and a way of owning their own wheels. With ownership comes pride; with pride comes responsibility. And, with support comes a safe and secure organizational structure that enables kids to reach their full potential.

 

Boards 4 Bros

http://boards4bros.org/

Boards 4 Bros

Boards 4 Bros wants to give ALL kids a chance to have their very own first skateboard. In 2006 at the Skatepark of Tampa, they started to collect and refurbish skateboards to distribute to youth who could not afford their own. In 2014, they became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization fully committed to providing equipment, safe skate spots and youth mentoring in our community. Additionally, their model empowers skateboarders to participate in community service as a donor, volunteer or project manager.

 

Chill

http://chill.org

Chill

Chill is a positive youth development program where boardsports become a vehicle for empowerment. Revolving around a core value-driven curriculum, Chill programs consist of experiential learning activities, reflection, and discussion, paired with boardsport lessons. Chill’s six core values provide youth with a foundation and framework for learning and growth, supported and enhanced through on-board progression and adult mentorship. Chill removes all barriers to accessing boardsports by providing youth with everything they need to get after it, at absolutely no cost. Since inception in 1995, Chill is proud to offer programs in 24 cities in 10 countries throughout the world.

 

College Skateboarding

https://www.collegeskateboarding.com/

College Skateboarding

The College Skateboarding Educational Foundation (CSEF) provides a brand new opportunity for skateboarders to build better futures for themselves. Regardless of financial assets or personal network, everyone deserves a chance at pursuing a college education. Skateboarders are no exception. Through CSEF’s scholarship fund, skateboarders all over the country will be given essential assistance with completing their goals in school and in life.

 

Concrete Jungle Foundation

https://concretejunglefoundation.org/ 

Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle Foundation (CJF) is an international non-profit organization that builds skateparks and runs youth development programming in communities around the world. They empower individuals and communities worldwide through fostering and sustaining the positive values inherent to skateboarding.

 

Cuba Skate

https://cubaskate.org

Cuba Skate

Cuba Skate, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in D.C., LA and Havana, Cuba. Their mission is to support the evolution of skateboarding in Cuba, build local communities and international connections, and cultivate youth through sport.

 

Exposure Skate

https://www.exposureskate.org/

Exposure Skate

EXPOSURE® is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to empowering women through skateboarding. They create opportunities for women by organizing events that provide all-female Professional and Amateur skateboarding competitions, learn-to-skate clinics and wellness education. Proceeds from our events support survivors of domestic violence.

 

Flipping Youth

https://www.flippingyouth.com/

 Flipping Youth

Flipping Youth aims to empower young people from challenging environments internationally through action sports, creative arts and entrepreneurship. They use use action sports as a tool to connect young people through the challenge of overcoming obstacles and socially mixing in a positive environment, free from class discrimination or racial inequality. As part of their commitment to sustainable development, their projects also promote youth entrepreneurship, encouraging young people to learn employability skills and test out their business ideas.

 

Free Movement Skateboarding

https://www.freemovementskateboarding.com

Free Movement

Through skateboarding, they support and promote the wellbeing, empowerment and social cohesion of youth in Athens, Greece. Together, on and off the board, they push for a welcoming and diverse Athenian skate scene and society.

 

froSkate

https://www.froskate.com/

FroSkate

froSkate exists to provide inclusive experiences, resources, and equity for the BIPOC, non-traditional skateboarding community. Black Womyn found and Queer led, they are Chicago’s first collective for the non-traditional skate community. Founded in 2019, they’ve hosted over 70 events (including our regular meet-ups), impacted over 1,000 skaters and donated over 100 skate supplies.

 

Girl Riders

http://girlsriders.org/
Girl Riders
Girls Riders Organization, Inc. (GRO) is a 501c3 organization founded to inspire, educate and support girls (of all ages) to be confident leaders of positive change. GRO is the first nonprofit organization open to all females in skateboarding, snowboarding and other action sports. Lessons learned through GRO help girls not only in action sports, but also in all areas of life empowering them to be leaders of positive change.

 

Launch Skate

launchskate.org

Launch Skate

Launch: Community Through Skateboarding is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fosters a culture of creativity and self-expression to skateboarders throughout northern Colorado. The organization provides an environment in which to engage in skateboarding as a form of recreation, develop leadership skills through volunteerism, utilize creative-thinking skills through hands-on learning experiences and ultimately make meaningful connections within their community. They offer lessons, a skate camp, an after school program, and hands on workshops

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Make Life Skate Life

https://www.makelifeskatelife.org/

Make Life Skate Life

Deeply rooted in skate culture, Make Life Skate Life seeks to nurture grassroots skate communities. Since 2013, they have constructed 10 skateparks that have positively impacted the lives of thousands in communities that can’t access these opportunities. After construction of skateparks, they help with the implementation of skate programs that aim to include females, disadvantaged and refugee youth, and use skateboarding as a tool for teaching cross-cultural communication, creative self expression and resilience to underserved youth populations. The goal is that their local partners take full ownership and independently run the projects in the long-term while acquiring enough skills to lead their next projects.

 

Next-Up Foundation

https://nextupfoundation.org/

Next Up

In 2005, while still living in Brazil, Vinicius “Vina” Tinoco was inspired by a friend who ran a skateboarding program aimed at helping kids at a juvenile detention facility realize they could recover from their mistakes. When he moved to California the following year, he carried with him the belief that there are some life lessons best learned on a skateboard. Determined to bring that same hope of a better life to kids in Anaheim, Vina founded Next Up Foundation in 2009 and began hosting skateboarding programs at a local skate park. Now, eight years later, they continue to serve a growing group of elementary and middle school kids through our mentorship, academic support, and wellness programs at our facility and skate park in Anaheim.

 

Skate4Life

https://skate4lifenc.com/

Skate4Life

Skate4Life has evolved into more than just a skateboarding event. Based in Raleigh, NC, they are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the purpose of celebrating life, promoting awareness for suicide prevention, and educating families on the signs of depression and suicide.

 

Skate-Aid

https://www.skate-aid.org/en/

Skate Aid

Skate Aid's mission is to empower youth skaters through the construction and maintenance of skate parks, participatory involvement of kids and teenagers in all activities promoting cognitive and social skills, carrying out free skateboard lessons (workshops) to promote self-determined personality development, resilience, integration and inclusion, free provision of skateboards, accessories and safety gear, and the implementation and promotion of youth exchange programs for the purpose of reducing cultural barriers and prejudices. 

 

Skate for Change

https://skateforchange.org/

Skate for Change

Skate for Change is network of skaters handing out hygiene kits, water, and food to people experiencing homelessness. Cities across the country are using a variety of solutions to end homelessness, and in your city, it all starts with you. Change happens when we all take responsibility for our city and our streets and decide we are going to make a difference. One easy way to do that is to Skate for Change.

 

The Skatepark Project

https://skatepark.org/about/

The Skatepark Project

Since 2002 The Skatepark Project has been fulfilling its mission to help young people by issuing grants to low-income communities building quality public skateparks, and providing guidance to city officials, parents, and children through the process. The Skatepark Project has been working with municipalities and community groups to help them realize their dream of a quality public skatepark in their community. For Tony Hawk, the organization’s Founder, skateboarding was a healthy outlet and a recreational challenge, and it provided a social group of creative, like-minded individuals. It’s also a sport that helped him build confidence, taught him to persevere, and through his mentoring of younger skaters helped him develop leadership skills. The Skatepark Project works every day to be able to bring these same lessons to youth around the world.

 

Skatistan

https://www.skateistan.org

Skatistan

Skateistan host  skate lessons for chidren in towns across Afghanistan and Jordan. They opened their first school oin 2009. Afganistan has the highest number of women skateboarders in the world. They want to rebuild, to expand and take the joy of skateboarding further afield. Their aim is to expand to 20 locations over the next year, and reach 4,500 students each week. 

 

Skate Pal

https://www.skatepal.co.uk/

Skate Pal

SkatePal is a non-profit organization supporting communities throughout Palestine, promoting the social, health and well-being benefits of skateboarding to enhance the lives of local youth.

 

Uganda Skateboarding Community

https://www.facebook.com/ugandaskateboardingcommunity/

Uganda Skateboarding Community

The Uganda Skateboarding Community is a non-profit organization that teaches lessons, builds equipment, and provides boards for children in Uganda. They collect new and used donations.

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