NMBA honors BoatUS Foundation with $5,000 donation

CHICAGO — The National Marine Bankers Association presented the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water with a $5,000 donation in gratitude for their service to boaters, according to a recent press release from the NMBA.

"We feel the BoatUS Foundation is a very worthy organization. They spend money responsibly to promote stewardship of America’s waterways and make boating safe and enjoyable,” said Mike Smith, a member of the NMBA Board of Directors, in the release. "The organization effectively controls overhead with 85 percent of its income being used for a variety of education and life-saving programs."

The BoatUS Foundation’s initiatives include the Children’s Life Jacket Loaner Program, established in all 50 states with over 500 active sites, the EPIRB rental program, which the group says has saved 63 lives to date, and, the more than $1 million awarded through boating safety and clean water Grassroots Grant programs since 1997. 

"With this donation, the NMBA gives back to the industry and customers it serves and we greatly appreciate their generosity," said BoatUS Foundation President Ruth Wood. "These funds will go to support programs and projects that touch boaters nationwide."

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